Ben Crane Opens 6-Stroke Lead at Rainy St. Jude

There are two unstoppable forces through the first two days of the FedEx St. Jude Classic: The rain and the Crane.

The US’ Ben Crane followed up his opening-round 63 with a 5-under 65 on Friday to drop to 12-under par. A large number of players in the afternoon times didn’t even start the second round because of the weather, but of those who did, only two are within six strokes of Crane – Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and the US’ Jason Bohn.

Petterson shot a 3-under through 17 to get to 6-under for the tournament; and Bohn is 3-under through 16.

Of those actually in the clubhouse with two rounds under their belt, Davis Love III and Billy Horschel are the closest to Crane, tied for fourth at 5-under.

Crane just missed going the opening 36 holes without a single bogey when he gave up the extra stroke on No. 18 Friday. Prior to that, he had recorded 13 birdies and 22 pars in the first 35 holes of the tournament.

Well-known names like Retief Goosen, who shot an opening-round 66 and Phil Mickelson (67) never got their second rounds going and will tee off early Saturday morning, trying to squeeze in 36 holes.



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