Despite 73, Ben Crane bags St. Jude Classic trophy

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Memphis, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Ben Crane bagged the FedEx St. Jude Classic trophy despite carding a three-over-par 73 in Sunday’s final round at the 7,239-yard TPC Southwind.

Crane’s 73 was enough to lift him to a one-shot win over Troy Merritt and give him a fifth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2011 McGladrey Classic. Crane led wire-to-wire, shooting 63-65-69-73 to finish at 10-under 270.

Crane, who pocketed $1,044,000, played 30 holes Sunday because of weather delays. He chipped in on his first hole Sunday — the par-4 seventh — then made four bogeys and zero birdies the rest of the way.

He held a four-shot lead after two rounds and a three shot lead over Merritt after three rounds. Merritt shot 1-over 71 in the final round to finish at 9 under par.

Crane entered the week at No. 150 in the FedExCup after posting just one top-25 (T9, Humana Challenge) in 16 starts this season. He said he has struggled with recent swing changes made to alleviate back pain.

Webb Simpson (66), Matt Every (70) and Carl Pettersson (69) shared third at minus-8 while Ian Poulter fired a 6-under 64 to finish in a tie for sixth place with Billy Horschel (70), James Hahn (67), Andrew Svoboda (70) and Brian Harman (72).

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