Crane wins St. Jude Classic despite birdie-free round
Crane did just enough to secure his fifth tour title, carding a three-over-par 73 at the TPC Southwind.
Crane, 38, collected $1.044 million but the victory did not earn him a spot in the U.S. Open, which starts on Thursday.
“It’s been a battle this year,” he told CBS television. “I’ve changed a lot of stuff and I didn’t know if I would get it back. This is a big surprise.”
Merritt, ranked 805th in the world, got within one stroke after nine holes, but did not pick up a birdie on the back nine.
Crane started Sunday perfectly with his first shot of the day, chipping in for birdie at the seventh hole in the weather-delayed third round.
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, tied for 11th, four strokes behind, matching his best result on the PGA Tour this year, though he tied for second on the European Tour in Abu Dhabi in January.
Inbee Park fired a 10-under 61 Sunday to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Park beat runnerup Cristie Kerr by three shots on the Grey Silo Golf Course. Her 61 tied a course record. Kerr shot a 63 in the final round.
Park’s victory was her 10th on the LPGA Tour. She won $255,000 to move up from 18th to 16th on the career money list and from seventh to fourth on this year’s list with $744,510 in winnings.
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