Tracker: Crane leads in Memphis; Mickelson fires 67

Phil Mickelson during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Phil Mickelson during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ben Crane buried a 27-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-4 18th, just as play was being halted due to darkness. Crane, who fired an opening 7-under 63, leads by two shots at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Inclement weather delayed play for three hours and 30 minutes Thursday, meaning most of the scheduled afternoon groups will have to complete their rounds Friday morning.

Another person who finished all of his first round was Phil Mickelson, who shot 3-under 67.

Here's how it all unfolded Thursday at TPC Southwind in Memphis:

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Update No. 18: 9:14 p.m. ET

Ben Crane birdies his final hole, the par-4 18th, by making a 27-foot putt. He cards an opening 7-under 63 and leads by two shots as darkness rolls in. Play was officially halted at 9:12 p.m. ET.

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Update No. 17: 8:52 p.m. ET

Ben Crane sticks his tee shot at the par-3 eighth to inside of 2 feet and birdies to take the solo lead at 6 under. With one hole to play, Crane should finish before play is halted due to darkness.

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Update No. 16: 8:25 p.m. ET

Billy Horschel joins the leaders at 5 under thanks to a birdie at the second and an eagle at the par-5 third hole.

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Update No. 15: 7:45 p.m. ET

Ben Crane birdies the third hole, his third straight birdie, to join Peter Malnati in the lead at 5 under.

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Update No. 14: 7:14 p.m. ET

Amateur Scottie Scheffler, an incoming freshman at Texas, is 2 under through his first three holes. The Dallas native notched a top-25 finish in his first PGA Tour start last month at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Update No. 13: 7:10 p.m. ET

Ben Crane birdies Nos. 1-2 to move to 4 under. He's now through 11 holes and is just one shot off the lead.

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Update No. 12: 6:45 p.m. ET

Peter Malnati is the new clubhouse leader after he fired a 5-under 65. Malnati, who made just one bogey Thursday, has missed seven of his last eight cuts.

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Update No. 11: 6:13 p.m. ET

Troy Merritt and Peter Malnati, each through 17 holes, are now tied for the lead at 5 under, a shot ahead of clubhouse leader Retief Goosen.

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Update No. 10: 6:02 p.m. ET

Play is back underway in Memphis. The official time of the delay was 3 hours, 30 minutes.

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Update No. 9: 5:27 p.m. ET

Restart is actually slated for 5:45 p.m. ET. Players are heading out to their positions on course now.

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Update No. 8: 5:24 p.m. ET

With play nearly set to resume, here's a look at Phil Mickelson's impressive flop shot at the par-3 fourth hole earlier today. Mickelson's tee ball hit a sprinkler head, but he was able to get up-and-down to save par.

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Update No. 7: 4:21 p.m. ET

Play is scheduled to resume at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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Update No. 6: 2:25 p.m. ET

Play has been delayed due to inclement weather. Retief Goosen and Troy Merritt share the lead at 4 under.

Check out this tweet earlier by Graeme McDowell:

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Update No. 5: 1:48 p.m. ET

Rickie Fowler made three bogeys and no birdies on his back nine, finishing with an even-par 70. Fowler is trying to regain his form on the golf course after three missed cuts in his last six starts. But check out the above video to see his cliff-diving form.

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Update No. 4: 1:39 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson hits his approach at the par-4 ninth to 12 feet and makes the birdie putt, his longest of the day. Mickelson opens with a 3-under 67 and is currently a shot back of leaders Retief Goosen and Troy Merritt.

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Update No. 3: 1:11 p.m. ET

Another birdie from inside of 9 feet for Phil Mickelson, this time at the par-3 eighth where Lefty stuck his tee shot to about 8 feet. He's now 2 under with one hole to play, two shots behind leader Retief Goosen.

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Update No. 2: 12:43 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson sticks his approach at the par-4 sixth to about 5 feet to move back to 1 under. Mickelson, who has three holes to play, has made three birdies today, all of which have come from inside of 9 feet.

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Update No. 1: 12:06 p.m. ET

Retief Goosen has the early lead as he is 4 under through 10 holes, but Rickie Fowler is close behind at 2 under through 12 holes. Fowler, who has four birdies today, has struggled since tying for fifth at the Masters. He has three misses cuts in six starts and hasn't finished better than T-38.

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