Crane, who lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area, is getting plenty of local support as he looks to turn around a form line that has seen him miss five of his last seven cuts and a record at this event that hardly makes good reading.
On a day where low scoring was the order of the day Crane’s round of 63 was the best and moved him one ahead of Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Bud Cauley and Sergio Garcia.
Spieth bounced back from his missed cut at the Players last week but that was to be expected given that his outing there was his first since the Masters. Spieth has hardly been a success in this event in his three starts as a professional but his class has him knocking on the door of a tournament title that he would dearly love to win given his connections in this region.
New Zealander Danny Lee, another Dallas resident, is four form the lead at 8 under, a position he shares with one of the pre-tournament favourites, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar, amongst others.
The leading Australian is PGA Tour rookie, Rhein Gibson, who is in 31st position with Stuart Appleby the next best in 46th place.
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