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Phil Mickelson tees off on the first hole during the first round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Golf: Crane leads at St. Jude; Mickelson close behind
Golf » Mickelson birdies 3 of final 4 holes at St. Jude.
First Published Jun 05 2014 11:28 pm • Last Updated Jun 05 2014 11:28 pm

Memphis, Tenn. • Phil Mickelson came to the St. Jude Classic wanting to tune up for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst by finishing strong.

He did just that Thursday.

At a glance

Thursday’s results

St. Jude Classic

Par Yardage » 7,239; Par » 70 (35-35)

Partial first round

Ben Crane 30-33 — 63 -7

Peter Malnati 33-32 — 65 -5

Retief Goosen 35-31 — 66 -4

Joe Durant 31-35 — 66 -4

Freddie Jacobson 32-35 — 67 -3

Phil Mickelson 32-35 — 67 -3

Brooks Koepka 34-33 — 67 -3

Troy Merritt 33-34 — 67 -3

Hudson Swafford 34-33 — 67 -3

G. Fdez-Castano 33-34 — 67 -3

Luke Guthrie 33-34 — 67 -3

P. Harrington 32-36 — 68 -2

David Hearn 33-35 — 68 -2

Scott Stallings 34-34 — 68 -2

Dustin Johnson 33-35 — 68 -2

Woody Austin 35-33 — 68 -2

Ted Potter, Jr. 33-35 — 68 -2

Camilo Villegas 33-35 — 68 -2

M.Angel Carballo 35-33 — 68 -2

Andres Romero 34-34 — 68 -2

Ricky Barnes 34-34 — 68 -2

Charlie Wi 34-34 — 68 -2

Steve Marino 32-37 — 69 -1

Heath Slocum 32-37 — 69 -1

Brian Harman 34-35 — 69 -1

James Hahn 36-33 — 69 -1

Tommy Gainey 35-34 — 69 -1

Sean O’Hair 32-37 — 69 -1

Andrew Svoboda 36-33 — 69 -1

Joe Ogilvie 33-36 — 69 -1

Shawn Stefani 37-33 — 70 E

LPGA-Manulife Financial Classic

Yardage » 6,330; Par » 71 (36-35) First round

Hee Young Park 32-33 — 65

Michelle Wie 34-31 — 65

Shanshan Feng 33-33 — 66

Cristie Kerr 34-33 — 67

Xi Yu Lin 34-33 — 67

Paz Echeverria 36-32 — 68

Belen Mozo 35-33 — 68

Sarah Kemp 36-32 — 68

Na Yeon Choi 34-34 — 68

Haru Nomura 34-34 — 68

Moira Dunn 34-34 — 68

Jee Young Lee 34-34 — 68

Kristy McPherson 35-33 — 68

So Yeon Ryu 34-34 — 68

Marina Alex 35-33 — 68

Alejandra Llaneza 32-36 — 68

Jacqui Concolino 32-36 — 68

Ayako Uehara 35-34 — 69

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Mickelson shot a 3-under 67, birdieing three of his final four holes in windy conditions before a thunderstorm softened up TPC Southwind. It was his first round in the 60s since the third round at the Wells Fargo Championship. He hadn’t shot below 70 since. He missed the cut at The Players Championship and tied for 49th last week in the Memorial following a visit from FBI agents and lingering questions about an insider-trading investigation. Lefty hasn’t won in 19 events dating to the British Open and is among the players in Tennessee tuning up for Pinehurst.

"I did exactly what I need to do and some momentum that I need heading into the U.S. Open," Mickelson said. "Tomorrow’s round, the same thing. Finish strong and play a good round."

Ben Crane shot a 7-under 63, giving him the lead in the suspended first round, taking advantage of the 3 1/2-hour delay that left nearly perfect scoring conditions with no wind and rain-softened greens. He had five of his seven birdies on his final nine, the last a few minutes before play was suspended because of darkness.

Sixty players were unable to finish the round.

Peter Malnati shot a 65, and Billy Horschel also was 5 under with two holes left to play. Retief Goosen and Joe Durant each had a 66, while Stuart Appleby, Zach Johnson and Jason Bohn were on the course at 4 under. Appleby had a hole-in-one on the 157-yard eighth hole, using a 7-iron. That was his 17th hole, and the last one he completed.

Crane needed only 24 putts for his best round of the season, including a 27-footer for birdie on his final hole at No. 9 with only a handful of people watching because officials closed the course to spectators because of the high winds.

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Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under 65 on Thursday in the Manulife Financial Classic at windswept Grey Silo in Waterloo, Ontario.

Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round. She’s seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.



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