Updated: Friday, 06 June 2014 23:16 | By Agence France-Presse

Crane leads, Love charges at rain-hit PGA St. Jude

American Ben Crane remained in the lead after Friday morning's completion of the opening round of the storm-struck $5.8 million PGA St. Jude Classic.


Crane leads, Love charges at rain-hit PGA St. Jude

Ben Crane chips from the bunker onto the fourth green during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind on June 5, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee - by Christian Petersen

Crane, whose round Thursday was interrupted by a 3 1/2-hour storm delay, fired a seven-under par 63 to seize the clubhouse lead before darkness struck with 60 players forced to finish their first round Friday.

US standout Zach Johnson completed a round of 64 to stand second when the second round began while Davis Love finished a round of 65 Friday to join fellow Americans Peter Malnati and Kevin Kisner and Australian Stuart Appleby in sharing third.

Appleby birdied his only remaining first-round hole Friday to crack the top five on the leaderboard.

South African Retief Goosen, a two-time US Open champion gearing up for next week's US Open at Pinehurst, opened on 66 along with Americans J.J. Henry and Joe Durant.

American Billy Horschel, who was five-under with two holes to finish, took a double bogey on nine, his final hole Friday morning, to fall back.

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