PGA Tour

Crane leads rain-hit St. Jude

Ben Crane (AFP)
Ben Crane (AFP)

Memphis - American Ben Crane has remained in the lead after Friday morning's completion of the opening round of the storm-struck $5.8 million PGA St. Jude Classic.

Crane, whose round Thursday was interrupted by a 3 1/2-hour storm delay, fired a seven-under par 63 to seize the clubhouse lead before darkness struck with 60 players forced to finish their first round Friday.

US standout Zach Johnson completed a round of 64 to stand second when the second round began while Davis Love finished a round of 65 Friday to join fellow Americans Peter Malnati and Kevin Kisner and Australian Stuart Appleby in sharing third.

Appleby birdied his only remaining first-round hole Friday to crack the top five on the leaderboard.

South African Retief Goosen, a two-time US Open champion gearing up for next week's US Open at Pinehurst, opened on 66 along with Americans J.J. Henry and Joe Durant.

American Billy Horschel, who was five-under with two holes to finish, took a double bogey on nine, his final hole Friday morning, to fall back.

Leading scores on Friday after completion of the storm-interrupted first round of the US PGA St. Jude Classic (par 70, USA unless noted):
63 - Ben Crane
64 - Zach Johnson
65 - Davis Love, Kevin Kisner, Peter Malnati, Stuart Appleby (AUS)
66 - JJ Henry, Retief Goosen (RSA), Joe Durant
67 - Carl Pettersson (SWE), Billy Horschel, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP), Jason Bohn, Chesson Hadley, Austin Cook, Freddie Jacobson (SWE), Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Hudson Swafford, Troy Merritt, Ryan Palmer, Scott Gardiner (AUS), Luke Guthrie
68 - Justin Leonard, Jeff Overton, Andres Romero (ARG), Cameron Tringale, Tim Wilkinson (NZL), Benjamin Alvardo (CHI), Padraig Harrington (IRL), Scott Stallings, David Hearn (CAN), Dustin Johnson, Woody Austin, Ted Potter, Camilo Villegas (COL), Miguel Angel Carballo (ARG), Charlie Wi (KOR), Ricky Barnes

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