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Ben Crane fires 63 to secure lead in Memphis

Ben Crane shot a 7-under-par 63 on Thursday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.


The Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ben Crane shot a 7-under-par 63 on Thursday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.

Crane took advantage of a 3½-hour delay that left nearly perfect scoring conditions with no wind and rain-softened greens. He had five of his seven birdies on his final nine, the last a few minutes before play was suspended because of darkness.

Sixty players were unable to finish the round.

Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play.

Retief Goosen and Joe Durant each had a 66, and Phil Mickelson opened with a 67.

Crane needed only 24 putts for his best round of the season, including a 27-footer for birdie on his final hole at No. 9 with only a handful of people watching because officials closed the course to spectators because of the high winds with the storm.

“We caught a huge break being on this side of the wave,” Crane said. “You know this is ideal Memphis weather. It’s as good as it gets. It was calm, barely any wind. The greens softened up. We were able to attack some of the pins.”

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor was 2 under through 16 holes. Michael Putnam from University Place shot a 70. Former Husky Alex Prugh had a 72.

WATERLOO, Ontario — Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 in the Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo.

Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round. Park had a bogey-free round in the afternoon.

China’s Shanshan Feng was a stroke back, and countrywoman Xi Yu Lin matched Cristie Kerr with a 67.

Stacy Lewis had a 69 in her first round since taking the top spot in the world with a victory Sunday in New Jersey. Second-ranked Inbee Park also shot 69, and No. 3 Lydia Ko had a 71.

Wendy Ward, who leaves near Spokane, shot a 70. Jimin Kang, a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, had a 71. Former Husky Louis Fri­berg shot a 72.

Other tournament

• England’s Adam Gee and Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg shot 5-under 67 in windy conditions to share the first-round lead in the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria. American Berry Henson was a stroke back.



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