MEMPHIS , Tenn. -- Former Boise State golfer Troy Merritt had the best finish of his PGA golfing career today at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.
Merritt shot a final round 1-over 71 to finish just one stoke behind winner Ben Crane. Crane carded a final round 3-over 73 to win his first PGA Tour title since since 2011. It was his fifth career victory.
Crane played 30 holes on the last day because of rain delays at TPC Southwind. He finished the final 12 holes of his third round in the morning to lead by three shots entering the final round. He two-putted for bogey on the final hole to win.
Crane had a 270 total, with Troy Merritt (71) at 271. Webb Simpson (65), Matt Every (70) and Carl Pettersson (69) were at 272. Ian Poulter (64) was among four at 273.
The 2nd place finish for Merritt is his best on the PGA Tour. It's also his first top 10 finish on the Tour since midway through the 2010 season. Coming into this week, Merritt had missed 9 of 12 cuts this season.
Merritt pockets $626,400 for his second place finish. He also will jump into the top 125 status on the tour and make a big jump in the FedExCup Standings, leaping 83 spots from 194 to 111.