Crane Van Pelt Still Share Lead in Arizona


Ben Crane and Bo Van Pelt matched each other with second-round 66s to once again share the lead of the Buy.Com Gila River Golf Classic. The duo shares a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner and Todd Fischer at 13-under-par 129.
For the second consecutive day, darkness forced officials to suspend the round with 10 players still on the course. They will return to the Whirlwind Golf Club Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to complete the second round and make the cut.
Crane was alone in the lead at 14-under after a birdie at the 16th hole but the lead quickly evaporated. His drive at the final hole went right and landed against a bush, where he had to pitch out sideways. Crane's wedge from 70 yards landed 12 feet from the hole but he failed to convert the par save and fell into a tie for first with Van Pelt, who completed his round hours earlier.
'I think I played pretty good today,' said Crane. 'There were more highlights today. And there were more mistakes.'
Crane dropped a shot at the 5th but countered with three birdies in a row, starting at the 6th. He sandwiched four birdies around a bogey, starting at 12, where he ran home a 10-foot putt after hitting a 4-iron off the tee.
Van Pelt was flawless on Friday with five birdies and no bogeys.
'I just drove it really good and that's been setting everything up for me,' said Van Pelt, who hit every green in regulation on Friday. 'I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and that left me with a lot of tap-in pars.'
Van Pelt's length off the tee proved to be a big asset as he reached all three par-5s in two. He two-putted for birdie on those holes and at the 317-yard 8th hole where he drove the green in one shot.