Pro golfer from Beaverton and University of Oregon goes from tie for lead to tie for 10th in PGA Tour FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis


Ten or more players had a chance to win down the stretch on Sunday in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ben Crane, a Beaverton native, was one of them.

But Crane wasn't able to put together the birdies he needed to win the tournament for the second time in four years.

The 2014 St. Jude Classic champion shot a final-round 73, 3-over-par, and wound up tied for 10th at 6-under 274.

Daniel Berger won with a 66 that put him at 270. He beat Charl Schwartzel (66) and Whee Kim (67) by one shot.

It was Crane's highest finish of the season, though, bettering his tie for 17th at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November.

Crane, 41, from the University of Oregon, began the day in a three-way tie for first after rounds of 68-65-68.

Various players made it to the top of the leaderboard on Sunday, or close to the top, including veteran Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson made a big surge on the front nine. He birdied four holes and shot a 3-under 32.

Crane birdied the par-5 third hole, then bogeyed the fourth. At that point, he and Mickelson and Stewart Cink were tied for the lead, with Mickelson having just birdied the par-4 10th.

Moments later, Kim joined the leader group at 9-under, while Crane bogeyed the 6th to fall one shot back.

But Mickelson met disaster on the 12th. His drive went out of bounds, and his fourth shot from the fairway sailed over the green and into the water. The resulting triple-bogey 7 dropped him to 6-under.

Kim, 25, from Seoul, South Korea, thus took sole possession of first place in the $6.4 million tournament.

By then, amateur Braden Thornberry, 20, from Olive Branch, Mississippi, had moved into contention, as well. He was 8-under, one shot out of the lead, along with Billy Horschel, Charl Schwartzel, Berger, David Hearn, Berger, Cink and Crane at that point.

Thornberry, a sophomore at Mississippi, then completed his play, carding a 65 to go into the clubhouse at minus-8 272.

Kim then bogeyed the 6th — which put Crane into a nine-way tie for first at 8-under.

Horschel was the next to finish at 8-under, shooting 64.

Cink was the one to break that logjam. He rolled in a lengthy birdie putt on the 7th to get to 9-under.

Crane slipped to 7-under with a bogey on his 12th hole, while Berger birdied the 15th to take the outright lead at 10-under.

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