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The Associated Press
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June 8, 2014

Golf Capsules

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ben Crane went more than 28 hours between competitive shots due to weather delays, and he had a four-stroke lead Saturday when another storm stopped play again at the St. Jude Classic.

Crane birdied his first hole and was 13 under overall through six holes at rain-softened TPC Southwind. he opened with rounds of 63 and 65.

Troy Merritt, a group ahead of Crane, was at 9 under, with playing partner Peter Malnati at 8 under. Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas were at 7 under on their front nines.

Phil Mickelson, who hasn’t won in 19 straight events dating to the British Open, had pars on each of his first nine holes and was at 5 under. He’s using the event to tune up for the U.S. Open next week at Pinehurst.

MANULIFE FINANCIAL CLASSIC

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Shanshan Feng took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour’s Manulife Financial Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 in calm conditions at Grey Silo.

The 24-year-old Chinese player had a 15-under 198 total. She made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth, had two birdies and dropped her first stroke of the week with a bogey on the par-4 16th.

Feng won twice late last year after taking the 2012 LPGA Championship to become the first Chinese winner in LPGA Tour history.

Michelle Wie and second-ranked Inbee Park were tied for second. Wie had a 65, and Park shot a bogey-free 65. Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, is seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

LEGENDS OF GOLF

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen took the second-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf, teaming for a 6-under 48 in windy conditions on the par-3 Top of the Rock course.

Haas and Jacobsen played nine holes of alternate shot and nine of better ball at Top of the Rock, the first par-3 course used in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, after opening with a better-ball 62 on Friday on the regulation Buffalo Ridge layout. They had a 15-under 110 total.

Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk were second after a 50 on the par-3 course, the site of the final round Sunday.

In Legends Division for players 65 and older, the teams of Jim Colbert-Jim Thorpe and Bruce Fleisher-Larry Nelson shared the lead at 7-under 118. Colbert and Thorpe had a 2-under 52 on the par-3 course, and Fleisher and Nelson shot 56.

CURTIS CUP

ST. LOUIS (AP) — UCLA’s Alison Lee helped the United States move within 1 1/2 points of regaining the Curtis Cup, winning two matches at rainy St. Louis Country Club.

The Americans pushed their advantage to 9-2 over Britain and Ireland, with one foursomes match still to be completed and eight singles matches left Sunday in the biennial competition.

The United States is trying to regain the cup after falling 10 1/2-9 1/2 in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland. The loss was the Americans’ first since 1996. The U.S. leads the series 27-7-3.

Lee and Southern California’s Kyung Kim beat Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall 4 and 2 in the morning four-ball matches, and Lee and Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey topped Gemma Dryburgh and Charlotte Thomas 2 and 1 in the afternoon foursomes.

LYONESS OPEN

ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — Joost Luiten moved into position to become the first Dutchman to successfully defend a European Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Lyoness Open.

Luiten had an 11-under 205 total at Diamond Country Club.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, the 2012 winner, was second after a 66.

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