FedEx St Jude Classic. 1st Round Play Suspended. Ben Crane Clubhouse Leader June 05 2014

dragon logo dark   FedEx St. Jude Classic Logo Play was suspended as Ben Crane tops the leaderboard in the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Crane leads after 7-under 63  Ben Crane / Getty Images Ben breezed round TPC Southwind in the opening round of the FedEx St Jude Classic carding a bogey free -7 under par 63 to set the clubhouse lead. Weather delay was the reason for late tee off times, costing three and a half hours of play, due to a threat of thunder storms. A number of players were still on the course when play was suspended due to darkness. Ben needed only 24 putts in his round,  including a 27-footer for birdie on his final hole at No. 9 ; "We caught a huge break being on this side of the wave, you know this is ideal Memphis weather. It's as good as it gets. It was calm, barely any wind. The greens softened up. We were able to attack some of the pins." In second place is Peter Malnati, two shots back after a completed first round of -5 under par 65. He is joined on that -5 under score by Billy Horschel, who still has two holes to play. There a five players at -4 under par, sharing fourth place, two of them with completed rounds, Retief Goosen and Joe Durant both shooting opening rounds of 66. Zach Johnson has three holes to play, Stuart Appleby one hole and Jason Bohn four holes. So the leaderboard could change dramatically before the first round has finished tomorrow. Retief said he had putted well on the excellent greens; "The greens are as good as greens as you can get, the greens are rolling close to 13 on the stimpmeter. They are really good. You hit the right putt, they are going to go in." Phil Mickelson birdied three of his final four holes for his first round -3 under par 67, and said he felt good and did what he needed to do; "I did exactly what I need to do and some momentum that I need heading into the U.S. Open. Tomorrow's round, the same thing, finish strong and play a good round." "I've been struggling with finishing the round strong, I had a good round last week on Thursday and then played poorly. To birdie three of the last four made it a great round. That's exactly what I need to do."