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Crane holds lead as bad weather again hits St Jude Classic

AFP, MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Padraig Harrington of Ireland hits a tee shot in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind on Saturday in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Ben Crane held a four-shot lead over the field when the third round of the US PGA Tour’s FedEx St Jude Classic was suspended on Saturday evening due to poor weather conditions.

The US’ Crane stood at 13-under-par overall and was one-under through six holes of round three at the TPC Southwind course in Memphis, Tennessee.

All three days of the US$5.8 million event have been hit by poor weather so far.

On Saturday, the beginning of play was delayed by one hour due to fog and later suspended, with the third round scheduled to resume early yesterday.

Crane, who was making his 300th career PGA Tour start, is seeking his first victory since The McGladrey Classic in 2011. His best finish this season is a tie for ninth at the Humana Challenge.

Crane opened his third round on Saturday with a birdie on the first and then made par on the next five holes before missing the seventh green with his approach before play was stopped.

“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,” the American said. “The course is playing pretty windy and so conditions are tough right now.”

Fellow American Troy Merritt was two-under-par through seven holes and had moved into second place at nine-under, with another American, Peter Malnati, at minus-one after seven holes on eight-under-par.

The US’ Billy Horschel, South African Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas of Colombia are tied for fourth place at seven-under, with Horschel at two-under through eight holes, while Goosen and Villegas were one-over after a half dozen holes.

Phil Mickelson of the US, who has not won in 19 straight events dating to the British Open, had pars on each of his first nine holes and was at five-under.

Unsettled weather in the region meant that more delays were still a possibility, but the goal was still to complete 72 holes by nightfall yesterday.

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