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Ben Crane wins St. Jude Classic for his 5th PGA title

Because of bad weather in previous days, Ben Crane played 30 holes Sunday and won the St. Jude Classic for his fifth PGA Tour victory.


The Associated Press

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ben Crane estimates he slept less than three hours in a night spent praying and thanking God his game finally has come back around.

Then he played 30 holes Sunday in winning the St. Jude Classic for his first PGA Tour title since 2011, setting off a celebration that included hugging his caddie and high-fiving a reporter. Crane also choked back tears as he looked at text messages filling his phone.

“This is so much fun,” he said.

Crane closed with a 3-over-par 73 for a one-stroke victory over Troy Merritt (71), going wire to wire for his fifth career victory.

Crane earned $1.044 million. Rain delays forced him into the marathon session Sunday at TPC Southwind, finishing 12 holes in the morning in a third-round 69 to take a three-shot lead into the final round.

He two-putted for a bogey on the final hole to finish at 10-under 270, days after failing to qualify for the U.S. Open. That marked a low point for the 38-year-old player who spent the past six months reworking his swing to protect his back.

Everything clicked Thursday with an opening 63.

Park prevails

WATERLOO, Ontario – Inbee Park of South Korea won the Manulife Financial Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in more than 11 months, matching the course record with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory.

A week after losing the top spot in the world ranking to Stacy Lewis, Park finished at 23-under 261 at Grey Silo for her 10th LPGA Tour title. Park, 25, earned $225,000.

Cristie Kerr (63) was second. Louise Friberg (64), a former Washington Huskies player, tied for 24th place at 9 under.

Other tournaments

Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk teamed to win the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf team event in Ridgedale, Mo.

Sluman and Funk, who each earned $230,000, finished with a 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, and had a 20-under total to beat Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen by a stroke.

Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High School graduate, were third at 14 under.

Steven Alker of New Zealand won the Cleveland Open in the longest playoff in Web.com Tour history, beating Dawie van der Walt of South Africa with a birdie on the 11th extra hole in Westlake, Ohio. Alker, 42, earned $108,000.

Mikael Lundberg of Sweden won the Lyoness Open for his third European Tour title, beating Bernd Wiesberger of Austria with a 40-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

Brock Mackenzie, a former Washington Huskies standout, finished in a tie for second place in the Bayview Place Island Savings Open, a PGA Tour Canada event in Victoria, B.C.

Winner Josh Persons closed with an even-par 70 for a 12-under 268 total. Mackenzie (69) and Timothy Madigan (69) finished at 11 under.

• Alabama’s Emma Talley wrapped up the United States’ Curtis Cup victory, beating Britain and Ireland’s Bronte Law 4 and 3 in the opening singles match at St. Louis Country Club.

The United States won 13-7 to improve to 28-7-3 in the biennial competition, rebounding from a loss in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland.



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