Storms take toll on FESJC again
Memphis, TN-Due to inclement weather Friday, the second round was suspended twice – the first suspension came at 1:03 p.m. CT until 2:02 p.m.CT, a span of 59 minutes and again at 2:15 p.m. until 4:50 p.m. when play was suspended for the day. The second round will resume at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. Only 32 players have finished their second round.
Partial Second-Round Leaderboard
Ben Crane 63-65–128 (-12)
Carl Pettersson 67 – 3 under thru 17
Jason Bohn 67 – 3 under thru 16
Prior to round one of the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic, the last weather delay was in 2010, when the first round was suspended for the day at 6:18 p.m., due to lightning in the area. The FedEx St. Jude Classic has never been shortened in its 56-year history.
This is the 16th PGA TOUR event of the season to experience a delay and/or suspension due to weather and/or darkness. The last event to be impacted by inclement weather was the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Due to the anticipation of inclement weather, preferred lies were utilized in round two.
Ben Crane followed up his bogey-free first round by going bogey free for the first 17 holes of his second round. His 35-hole streak was snapped on No. 18 when he missed a two-footer for par.
Crane’s opening 12-under 128 nearly matched his career low of 127 when he opened 62-65 en route to winning the 2005 US Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
Crane’s 12-under 128 is the lowest 36-hole score at the FedEx St. Jude Classic since Justin Leonard (127) in 2005, which Leonard later went on to win.
Crane has had a total of 48 putts through two rounds, with exactly 12 coming on each nine.
Crane is making his 300th career PGA TOUR start and ninth start at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. His best finish at TPC Southwind is T6 in 2003.
Crane is seeking his first victory since The McGladrey Classic in 2011. His best finish this season is a T9 at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
If Crane maintains his lead at the end of the second round, it will mark the fourth time he has held the second-round lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR. He won the 2005 US Bank Championship wire-to-wire.