Crane 36-Hole Leader In Milwaukee


US Bank Championship in MilwaukeeMILWAUKEE -- Fifty-five bleary-eyed golfers returned to Brown Deer Park on Saturday morning to conclude the second round of the US Bank Championship.
Among them was Jeff Sluman, who was one shot off Ben Crane's lead of 13-under 127.
Sluman was waiting to tee off on his final hole Friday when play was suspended by darkness, so he arose at 5 a.m. to finish his round. After playing one hole, he had to wait nearly five hours to begin the third round.
``It doesn't make sense to go back and forth (to the hotel),'' Sluman said. ``I'll just fire up my computer.''
Crane, looking to become just the second wire-to-wire winner in the history of the event, didn't need an early wakeup call. His threesome was on 18 when the horn sounded Friday night, so they were allowed to finish up - and sleep in.
Scott Verplank began the third round two shots off the lead, with Tommy Armour III, Chris Smith and Brad Faxon all four shots back.
The field finished the second round at 9:23 a.m. with 77 players making the cut at 2-under-par 138, including defending champion Carlos Franco and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore at minus-3. Moore made his second cut in four starts as a pro.
Among those who missed the cut was Fox Point native Skip Kendall, whose even-par 140 ended his streak of eight straight made cuts on the public course he grew up playing.
Corey Pavin missed the cut for just the second time in 14 starts.
To catch up for television, the field went out in threesomes off two tees for the third round with hopes of beating another round of rain showers..
Thunderstorms interrupted the first round Thursday with 93 golfers either on the course or the range.
Crane's 127 matched the lowest 36-hole total in event history, set by Robert Gamez in 1991 at Tuckaway Country Club. It also tied the low first 36-hole total on tour this year, set by Joe Ogilvie (Bob Hope Chrysler Classic) and Justin Leonard (FedEx St. Jude Classic).
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