MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday at TPC at Southwind to take the lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.
Crane took advantage of a 31/2-hour delay that left nearly perfect scoring conditions with no wind and rain-softened greens. He had five of his seven birdies on his final nine, the last a few minutes before play was suspended because of darkness.
Sixty players were unable to finish the round.
Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play.
Retief Goosen and Joe Durant each had a 66, and Phil Mickelson opened with a 67.
Crane needed only 24 putts for his best round of the season.
WIE, PARK SHARE LEAD AT MANULIFE FINANCIAL CLASSIC: In Waterloo, Ontario, Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 in the Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo.
Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round. She’s seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Park had a bogey-free round in the afternoon. Last year, the South Korean player beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole after they finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.
China’s Shanshan Feng was a stroke back, and countrywoman Xi Yu Lin matched Cristie Kerr with a 67.
Stacy Lewis had a 69 in her first round since taking the top spot in the world with a victory Sunday in New Jersey. Second-ranked Inbee Park also shot 69, and No. 3 Lydia Ko had a 71.
GEE, LUNDBERG OVERCOME WIND AT LYONESS OPEN: In Atzenbrugg, Austria, England’s Adam Gee and Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg shot 5-under 67 in windy conditions to share the first-round lead in the Lyoness Open.
American Berry Henson was a stroke back along with Wales’ Rhys Davies, England’s Richard Finch and Mattew Baldwin.
Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 70.
Jimenez, who recently moved to Vienna after marrying an Austrian, won the Spanish Open last month at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion.