Crane has big lead at delayed St. Jude Classic

The Sports NetworkJune 5, 2014 

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Crane carded a 5-under 65 on Friday and moved six strokes clear of the field during the suspended second round of the St. Jude Classic.

Crane finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 128. Crane is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Like the first round, the second round had a lengthy weather delay. Heavy rain from a thunderstorm forced officials to call play for the day on Friday. The second round at the TPC at Southwind will resume at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday.

Carl Pettersen and Jason Bohn both stood at 6-under par when play was called for the day. Pettersen was just off the 18th green, while Bohn was looking at a 20-foot par putt on No. 17. Both players were 3-under par in their second rounds.

Davis Love III (70) and Billy Horschel (68) both finished two rounds at 5- under-par 135. Peter Malnati stood at minus-5, but had not started his second round.

J.J. Henry (70) and Chesson Hadley (69) shared seventh place at 4-under 136. Retief Goosen had not started round two, but stood at minus-4, as did Kevin Kisner, who was 1-over par through 13 holes of his second round.

Crane, who was in the first group out when the second round started Friday morning, opened his round on the first and poured in a 44-footer for birdie. He reeled off five straight pars from the second.

The four-time PGA Tour winner converted a 22-footer for birdie on the seventh and tapped in a short birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 10-under.

Crane moved to minus-12 with birdies at 11 and 13. He got up and down for birdie from just off the green at the par-5 16th. However, he found sand off the tee at the 18th and could only blast down the fairway.

Crane's third stopped seven feet from the hole, but he 2-putted for bogey from there to slip back to minus-12. Crane's best finish this year was a tie for ninth place at the Humana Challenge. His next-best finish was a tie for 32nd at the Valspar Championship, and he has six missed cuts.

"I certainly didn't expect to be here. If someone would have told me a couple days ago I'd be standing in front of a bunch of cameras, I would have asked, 'What did I do?," Crane joked after his round. "It's been a really, really hard year. You start wondering, 'Am I going to get it back?'"

Pettersson got off to a flying start as he birdied four of the first seven holes. Around the turn, he tripped to a bogey on the 10th, but atoned for that mistake with a 17-foot birdie putt on the 14th. The Swede tripped to another bogey on the par-5 16th. He parred 17 and was playing the last when play was called for the day.

Bohn made a 9-foot birdie putt on the first. He parred seven in a row from the second before making a mess of the ninth and walking off with a bogey.

The 40-year-old, who has missed the cut in five of his last six PGA Tour starts, parred the first four holes of his back nine. He holed a birdie try from off the green at the 14th and followed with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 15th.

Bohn made it three in a row with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 16th. He was playing the 17th when play was stopped for the day.

NOTES: Over an inch of rain fell in a short time during Friday's weather delay ... Crane has had 48 putts through two rounds, with 12 putts on each of his four nines ... He is making his 300th career PGA Tour start.

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