PGA Tour

Crane holds onto St. Jude lead

2014-06-08 10:00
Ben Crane (AFP)

Memphis - Ben Crane has completed a one-under par third-round 69 on Sunday to take a three-shot lead into the afternoon's final round of the US PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic.

Crane was facing a marathon march in his quest for a fifth tour win -- and his first since 2011 -- thanks to weather delays on each of the first three days of the $5.8 million tournament.

Crane had two birdies and one bogey in his third-round for a 13-under total of 197 through 54 holes, and the final round began shortly after the third concluded.

Fellow American Troy Merritt posted a third-round 67 for 200, with Brian Harman on 201 after a 67.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, seeking to build momentum heading into next week's US Open at Pinehurst, fired a bogey-free 67 that left him tied with Matt Every (65) on 202.

The 43-year-old American left-hander, a five-time major champion, can complete a career grand slam with a victory next week.

But he has a history of heartache at the event, having finished second a record six times, the first of those coming at Pinehurst in 1999.

In addition, Mickelson has not had a top-10 finish this year in 13 starts.

Leading scores on Sunday after completion of the storm-interrupted third round of the US PGA St. Jude Classic (par 70, USA unless noted, fourth round underway):

197 - Ben Crane 63-65-69
200 - Troy Merritt 67-66-67
201 - Brian Harman 69-65-67
202 - Matt Every 69-68-65, Phil Mickelson 67-68-67
203 - Andrew Svoboda 69-66-68, Camilo Villegas (COL) 68-64-71, Billy Horschel 67-68-68, Peter Malnati 65-68-70, Carl Pettersson (SWE) 67-67-69
204 - Tim Clark (RSA) 68-69-67
205 - Ted Potter 68-67-70, Jason Bohn 67-68-70, Austin Cook 67-73-65, Will Wilcox 70-67-68

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