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Crane rides hot putter to lead in Memphis

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It took 36 holes before Ben Crane finally blinked on the greens at TPC Southwind.

Thanks in large part to a hot putter, Crane has stormed out to an early lead at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, carding rounds of 63 and 65 on the par-70 layout. At 12 under, he had built a six-shot lead over Carl Pettersson and Jason Bohn when second-round play was stopped at 2:03 p.m. ET because of inclement weather. Players briefly retook the course but another delay shortly thereafter ended play for the day.

Crane's opening round included 12 one-putt greens, as the 38-year-old went 17 for 17 from inside 15 feet. He kept things going Friday, and through 35 holes he had made each of the first 32 putts he faced from inside 15 feet. He missed only a 7-foot par putt on No. 18, the lone blemish on his card through two rounds in Memphis.

The dominance Crane has displayed on the greens this week comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the fact that the veteran ranks 90th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained putting. Crane missed four of his last five cuts entering this week and his lone top-25 finish in 16 starts this season came at the Humana Challenge in January, where he tied for ninth.

Crane has four career wins on the PGA Tour, with his most recent victory coming at the 2011 McGladrey Classic.