Inclement weather made for a stop-and-start weekend at TPC Southwind, but Ben Crane nonetheless managed to go wire to wire throughout the delays, holding on for a one-shot victory Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic for his fifth PGA Tour win:
Leaderboard: Ben Crane (-10), Troy Merritt (-9), Matt Every (-8), Carl Petterson (-8), Webb Simpson (-8)
What it means: The victory is Crane's first on Tour since the 2011 McGladrey Classic and comes a little more than 11 years after his first Tour victory at the 2003 BellSouth Classic. Prior to this week, Crane had recorded only one top-10 finish in 16 starts this season. He had missed the cut in five of his last seven events. Sunday wasn't exactly smooth, either. Crane finished with a final-round 3-over-par 73. Holding a two-shot lead heading into the 72nd hole, Crane bogeyed the last to win by one.
Round of the day: While Crane and Troy Merritt struggled at the top of the leaderboard - finishing the day 3 over and 1 over, respectively - Ian Poulter fired a 64 to finish in a tie for fifth at 7 under. Not bad for a guy who started the day 12 shots back. Poulter's 64 represented the second-lowest score of the week, bettered only by Crane's opening-round 63.
Best of the rest: Just days away from the start of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, 2012 champ Webb Simpson tied for third in Memphis with a 4-under 66. Simpson finished only two back of the lead after starting the day trailing by nine.
Biggest disappointment: Why settle for just one? We'll start with Phil Mickelson, who was unable to string together four straight rounds in the 60s thanks to a disappointing 2-over 72 Sunday. Lefty made an unfortunate bogey at the par-5 third early in the round and never really recovered, finishing with four bogeys and two birdies. Separately, Merritt, who started the round three behind, had every chance to take over atop the leaderboard. But just as Crane struggled, so did Merritt, settling for a final-round 71. Merritt, 28, is still in search of his first PGA Tour victory.