MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ben Crane has waited so long to contend for another PGA Tour title that being patient through weather delays is no problem at all.
Staying atop the leader board into the third round helps.
Crane went more than 28 hours between competitive shots because of weather delays, and he was at 13 under with a four-stroke lead through six holes Saturday when another storm stopped play again at the St. Jude Classic.
What an opportunity I have, Crane said. Certainly at the beginning of the week I never thought I would have been here, so I’ll just try to go home relax, get some food in me and sleep as fast as I can because we got to come back out at 7 a.m. and restart (today).
Troy Merritt, a group ahead of Crane, was at 9 under, with playing partner Peter Malnati at 8 under. Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas were 7 under on their front nines.
Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t won in 19 straight events dating to the British Open, had pars on each of his first nine holes and was at 5 under.
Play stopped at 6:49 p.m. with officials hoping to have the leaders tee off for the final round by 9:10 a.m. today, if they can avoid a fog delay.
The third round finally started at 3 p.m. with threesomes going off both tees.
LPGA: In Waterloo, Ontario, Shanshan Feng took a two-stroke lead in the Manulife Financial Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 in calm conditions at Grey Silo.
Michelle Wie and second-ranked Inbee Park were tied for second. Wie had a 65, and Park shot 65.
CHAMPIONS: In Ridgedale, Missouri, Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen took the second-round lead in the Legends of Golf, teaming for a 6-under 48 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course.
Haas and Jacobsen played nine holes of alternate shot and nine of better ball at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, after opening with a better-ball 62 Friday on the regulation Buffalo Ridge layout. They had a 15-under 110 total.
Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk were second after a 50 on the par-3 course, the site of the final round today.
EUROPEAN: In Atzenbrugg, Austria, defending champion Joost Luiten carded a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over home crowd favorite Bernd Wiesberger going into the final day of the Lyoness Open.
The Dutchman carded seven birdies and dropped one stroke to go 11 under for the tournament. Wiesberger, who won the tournament in 2012, also had a round of 66.
CURTIS CUP: In St. Louis, UCLA’s Alison Lee helped the United States move within 1 1/2 points of regaining the Curtis Cup, winning two matches at rainy St. Louis Country Club. The Americans pushed their advantage to 9-2 over Britain and Ireland, with one foursomes matches still to be completed and eight singles matches left today in the biennial competition.