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St. Jude Classic Recap: Crane Limps Home

Len Hochberg

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years, covering the Washington Capitals. He co-authored a book on the history of hockey.

There was rain and wind and fog and lightning plaguing this week's PGA Tour stop, but when it absolutely, positively had to finish on time, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, naturally, delivered.

With U.S. Open week beginning on Monday, nobody wanted the venerable Memphis event to overstay its welcome, least of all Ben Crane. Leading since an opening 63, Crane limped home on a 30-hole Sunday, but had enough cushion to hold off Troy Merritt for his first Tour title since 2011.

Crane played 12 holes Sunday morning to complete his third round with a three-stroke lead over ...

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