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Crane still leads suspended St. Jude Classic
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Crane was four strokes clear of the field when the third round of the St. Jude Classic was suspended due to inclement weather on Saturday.
Crane stood at 13-under par overall and he was 1-under through six holes of round three.
There have been weather issues all three days so far. Saturday's play was delayed by one hour at the outset due to fog, and later suspended by inclement weather. The third round is scheduled to resume Sunday at 8 a.m. ET.
Troy Merritt was 2-under par through seven holes and had moved into second place a minus-9. Peter Malnati was minus-1 after seven holes and stood at 8- under par overall
Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas are tied for fourth place at minus-7 at the TPC at Southwind. Horschel was minus-2 through eight holes, while Goosen and Villegas were plus-1 after six holes.
Phil Mickelson is tied for 11th at minus-5. He was even-par through nine holes of round three.
Crane opened with a birdie on the first. He parred the next five holes. Crane missed the seventh green with his approach before play was halted.
"I got to the first hole, hit a good putt and I'm thankful it hit the hole because they rolled them between rounds, but didn't have time to cut them. They're fast," said Crane, who had a 28-hour, 32-minute wait between the end of his second round and the start of his third round. "The course is playing pretty windy and so conditions are tough right now."
Merritt also birdied the first. He came back with a birdie on the par-4 sixth before a par on No. 7. Merritt was looking at a 15-foot birdie putt on the eighth eight play was called for the day.
NOTES: Crane has one bogey through 42 holes this week ... He is looking for his first tour win since the 2011 McGladrey Classic ... Merritt has missed the cut in nine of his 12 PGA Tour starts this year ... The lead groups were playing their 16th holes when played was called for the day.
06/07 22:15:26 ET
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