Tracker: Crane wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

Ben Crane during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
Ben Crane during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ben Crane fired a final-round 3-over 73 that included no birdies, but was still able to hold on for a one-shot victory Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Crane finished at 10 under, one shot ahead of runner-up Troy Merritt. Webb Simpson and Matt Every tied for third at 8 under. Phil Mickelson shot 72 to finish in a tie for 11th.

The victory marks Crane's first Tour win since the 2011 McGladrey Classic.

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

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Update No. 20: 4:11 p.m. ET

Ben Crane bogeys the 18th, but still wins the tournament. Crane finishes with a one-shot victory at 10 under. He shot a 3-over 73 in the final round and made no birdies.

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Update No. 19: 4 p.m. ET

Ben Crane's tee shot and approach shot both miss in the right rough at the 18th. He now has three shots to get it in the hole in order to win.

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Update No. 18: 3:54 p.m. ET

Ben Crane two-putts for par from 35 feet at the par-4 17th and now will take a two-shot lead into the par-4 18th. Troy Merritt made par at the 18th to finish at 9 under, meaning Crane will take home victory with bogey or better at his finishing hole.

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Update No. 17: 3:38 p.m. ET

Ben Crane has yet to make a birdie in the final round, but with two holes to play, Crane leads by two shots at 11 under. His closest competitor, Troy Merritt, is 9 under entering the 18th hole.

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Update No. 16: 3:28 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson's bid for his first top-10 finish of the season could come up just short. Mickelson shot 2-over 72 in the final round to finish at 6 under. He's currently solo 11th, but there are some players in front of him with holes still to play.

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Update No. 15: 3:25 p.m. ET

Ian Poulter closes with a 6-under 64 to finish at 7 under. It was Poulter's best final round of the season and also assured Poulter his first top-10 finish on Tour since he was runner-up at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November.

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Update No. 14: 3 p.m. ET

Troy Merritt bogeys the 15th to fall back to 9 under. That means Ben Crane, who just made par at the 14th, leads by two shots at 11 under.

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Update No. 13: 2:44 p.m. ET

Matt Every, who has four missed cuts and a WD in six starts since his win at Bay Hill, is in at 8 under after a final-round 70. Ben Crane still leads at 11 under, now through 13 holes.

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Update No. 12: 2:22 p.m. ET

Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, will enter Pinehurst on a strong note. Simpson carded a final-round 4-under 66 and is in the clubhouse at 8 under. That number currently has him tied for third and three shots behind leader Ben Crane, who is 2 over through 11 holes on his round today.

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Update No. 11: 2:02 p.m. ET

Ben Crane bogeys the ninth to drop to 11 under. He now leads Troy Merritt by just one shot. Also, Phil Mickelson's birdie at the 12th moved him back to 8 under, but he was just three shots off lead for a short while as he just bogeyed the 13th.

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Update No. 10: 1:36 p.m. ET

Big bounce-back birdie for Phil Mickelson at the par-3 11th. Lefty hit his tee ball to 10 feet, then made the birdie to get back to 7 under. He's five shots off the lead with seven holes to play.

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Update No. 9: 1:26 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson likely played himself out of the tournament with a bogey at the par-4 10th hole. Mickelson three-putted from 60-plus feet to bogey the hole and drop back to 6 under, six shots back of Ben Crane, who is through eight holes.

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Update No. 8: 1:17 p.m. ET

Andrew Svoboda is in line for his second career top-10 finish on the PGA Tour. A two-time winner on the Web.com Tour last season, Svoboda has missed eight cuts in 16 starts this season, but notched his first top 10 at the Zurich Classic in April. Now, he's tied for third at 9 under, three shots off the lead with seven holes to play.

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Update No. 7: 12:58 p.m. ET

Bernd Weisberger lost in a playoff today on the European Tour, but his solo second finish at the Lyoness Open currently projects him to move to 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking and grab one of the five remaining spots in the U.S. Open.

Chesson Hadley, who needs to finish T-4 or better in Memphis this week to move to 60th in the OWGR, is currently T-24 and five shots out of that position.

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Update No. 6: 12:54 p.m. ET

Ben Crane misses the green right with his second shot at the par-4 sixth and ends up with bogey to fall to 12 under. He now leads by two shots over Brian Harman and Troy Merritt.

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Update No. 5: 12:32 p.m. ET

Rickie Fowler is looking for his first top-10 finish since the Masters, and he's currently T-11 at 6 under. He's 2 under through 12 holes in his final round.

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Update No. 4: 12:04 p.m. ET

Back-to-back birdies by Troy Merritt, at Nos. 2-3, have him at 11 under and just two shots back of Ben Crane. Merritt has missed nine of 12 cuts this season.

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Update No. 3: 11:46 a.m. ET

Phil Mickelson drops to 7 under after his bogey at the par-5 third hole. Mickelson went for the green in two, but had his second shot end up in the water right of the green. He then missed a 10-footer to save par. He then left his tee ball short of the green at the par-3 fourth before getting up-and-down to save par.

Meanwhile, leader Ben Crane is even through two holes today and at 13 under, leads by three shots.

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Update No. 2: 10:53 a.m. ET

Ben Crane remains at 13 under with one hole to play in his third round. He will begin his final round at 11:10 a.m. ET. Phil Mickelson just completed his first hole in his final round, making par at the par-4 first hole to stay at 8 under.

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Update No. 1: 10:24 a.m. ET

We already have some players starting their final rounds while leader Ben Crane is at 13 under and leading by three shots with three holes to play in his third round. Brian Harman and Troy Merritt are tied for second at 10 under.

As for Phil Mickelson, he went 3 under on his back nine to card a third-round 3-under 67. He's now 8 under and just five shots back of the lead. He's set to begin his final round at 10:40 a.m. ET.

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Saturday coverage

5 Things: Crane leads as play halted; Lefty in hunt

Saturday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic began with an hour fog delay and ended with the fifth weather delay of the tournament. Ben Crane, the leader at 13 under, got just six holes into his third round before thunderstorms halted play shortly before 7 p.m. local time in Memphis.

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Friday coverage

Putting powers Crane to 6-shot lead before play halted in Memphis

Ben Crane fired a second-round 5-under 65 Friday to move to 12 under and take a six-shot lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic before play was suspended for the day because of inclement weather.

Hadley, others still trying to earn U.S. Open berths in Memphis

Chesson Hadley is among a handful of players still trying to earn U.S. Open berths via the OWGR top 60 this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Crane takes Memphis lead; Mickelson fires 67; more

As darkness set in Thursday evening in Memphis, Ben Crane rolled home a 27-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th to card an opening-round, 7-under 63 and take the clubhouse lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

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