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Crane’s tournament to lose at FedEx St. Jude Classic

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – FedEx St. Jude Classic –TPC Southwind – Memphis, Tennessee –

At age 38, overnight leader Ben Crane is on the course at TPC Southwind for the final round of the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The weather plagued event appears to be back on schedule to finish Sunday, so players can progress to the 114th U.S. Open next week at Pinehurst Resort No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Crane is 13-under overall and leading by three shots over Brian Harman and Troy Merritt at the moment. Matt Every, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, headlines a group at T-4 and 8-under that includes Camilo Villegas.

Both at 7-under, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson are both inside the Top 10 within striking distance.

For Crane, he is No. 267 in the Official World Golf Ranking having missed five straight cuts before earning a check at the HP Byron Nelson in mid-May. His best effort was a T-9 at the Humana in January.

Opening up 63-65, Crane is trying to hold on for his fifth career PGA Tour title. He also has five runner-up finishes on his resume. Crane was a 150-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com heading into the week. He last won at the McGladrey Classic in 2011.

Every was listed at 80-1. Harman was 100-1, while Fowler was 66-1. But, look out for Billy Horschel (40-1), who is 7-under and six back.  If Crane slips up, Horschel could be one to watch. He logged a Top 10 here last year.

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