Crane leads Spieth, Koepka, Garcia by one


Ben Crane leads the AT&T Byron Nelson through 36 holes, but big names like Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka are all just one shot back. Here's how things look heading into the weekend in Texas:

Leaderboard: Crane (-12), Koepka (-11), Spieth (-11), Bud Cauley (-11), Sergio Garcia (-11)

What it means: Crane, 40, is a five-time PGA Tour champion who last won the 2014 Zurich Classic. Back in 2002, Crane finished runner-up at the Nelson as a rookie, just behind Shigeki Maruyama and just ahead of Tiger Woods. As for those big names just one back, Spieth is playing his hometown event and looking to put his Masters collapse in the rearview mirror as he preps for a busy summer. Koepka, the winner in Phoenix last year, is trying to stay busy this fall by making his first Ryder Cup team. Speaking of the Ryder Cup, European stalwart Sergio Garcia is looking to snap a drought that's seen him go winless in the U.S. since the 2012 Wyndham. As for the other name at 11 under, former Alabama standout Bud Cauley is playing on a medical extension and trying to make $588,453 in his next 11 starts to retain his status.

Round of the day: D.A. Points and Boo Weekley tied for the round of the week with 8-under 62. Points (-7) sits five back heading into the weekend, while Weekley needed a 62 just to make the 2-under cut on the number.

Best of the rest: Crane was a spotless 8 under through his first 16 holes before closing bogey-birdie for a round of 7-under 63.

Biggest disappointment: Notable names to miss the 2-under cut include Bryson DeChambeau (-1),  Brandt Snedeker (-1), Ian Poulter (E), Marc Leishman (E), Louis Oosthuizen (E), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (+1), Ernie Els (+1), and Trevor Immelman.  One other note, eight-time Tour winner and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir (+9) failed to make the cut for his eighth consecutive event and exhuasted the final available start on his minor medical extension.

Shot of the day: Crane sits on top of the leaderboard thanks in part to this birdie hole-out from the bunker at the par-4 third:

Quote of the day: “When I stand over my putter right now it's back to where we like to have it.” - Spieth