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Kyle Stanley Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open

Kyle Stanley won the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in an amazing turnaround from last weeks disaster collapse. Kyle came from eight shots behind the leader, Spencer Levin to win the tournament. Just last week he lost a five-stroke lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open.  Spencer Levin, who started the day with a six-stroke advantage over Webb Simpson, shot a four-under(-par) today to finish at 13-under(-par) in third place.

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesSCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 05:  Kyle Stanley kisses the trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kyle sais of his victory today;

” I’m not sure what I’m thinking right now. It’s been a great week. You go from a very low point to a high point. I’m not sure I expected to maybe recover this quickly. You know, I’ll take it.”

Asked about last weeks episode, he replied;

“You know, I’m never going to forget that. But I think it makes this one a lot sweeter, just being able to bounce back. You know, I’m kind of at a loss for words right now. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve gotten. It’s unbelievable; unbelievable turnaround.”

Ben Crane finished in second place, one shot adrift of a play-off, he did not think he had his “A” gameface on today;

“I certainly didn’t have my “A” game. I felt my swing was giving me fits out there, and I was just trying to hold it together and I was able to throw a good round at him, but ultimately I just wasn’t sharp. But very thankful for second is an awesome finish, and I just putted awesome all week, and that really is what kind of kept me going.”

Spencer Levin was left to rue what could, and should have been, he said he had tried his best;

“I don’t really know. I felt all right early, and I don’t know, I just didn’t have it, I guess. I just maybe tried a little too hard. I don’t think I felt real, I felt calm, I just I don’t know. I just was looking ahead too much and maybe trying a little too hard, I guess. I didn’t have it, but still, going to 17 and 18, I had long putts, but they both almost went in. You can always say that. But still, I had a chance after doubling 15, but what are you going to do? I tried my best.”

If this is the way the season is going to go, I am really looking forward to the next tournament, anything could happen.

TPC Scottsdale · Scottsdale, Arizona 3rd round

Spencer Levin takes a six-shot lead into the finale at TPC Scottsdale, where he stands 18 holes away from the first PGA TOUR victory of his career. His nearest rival is Webb Simpson and one shot further back is Bubba Watson. Barring any repeat of last weeks final hole collapse of Kyle Stanley this Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament is done and dusted.

Don't look back

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He was really pleased with another good round today;

“I felt like I played solid, I felt like I was in control of my ball most of the day, and I’m pleased. Coming out there, I’ve never had a big lead like that starting the day, and I thought I played well. Overall I’m pleased about it.”

Webb Simpson was still trying to sort out his errant swing;

“We’re just going to see how things are going I think starting out, see how I’m swinging, It’s hard to be aggressive when you’re not swinging well. If we can go figure something out on the range and I’m feeling good, then we’ll be firing at pins and trying to win this thing.”

Talking about his bogey on the short par four 17th Webb lamented;

“I hit my 3 wood exactly where I was trying to hit it. It actually went a little further than I thought it would go, and I went up, and I knew how fast that chip was. I watched Ryan do the same thing in front of me, but I thought if I just land it on top, it’ll be perfect, and as soon as I hit it, I thought it was perfect. I never even thought it might go in the water, and it kept going and kept going and kept going and went in the water. It’s just a bummer.

Phil Mickelson carded his best round of the week but is still  a distant eight strokes off the pace. Phil was happy with his improvement after working with his swing coach Butch Harmon in the morning;

“We had a really good session and I was able to feel much more confident,” Mickelson said. “I hit a lot of good shots, especially early on, and made some birdies.”

Asked how he would approach the last round, Phil said;

“Just shoot a good round, because out here when you start making mistakes or hitting a bad shot, it’s very hard to turn it around with water and trouble everywhere. And there’s also an opportunity to make birdies and eagles so, if I get a hot hand and put on some pressure, you never know what might happen.”

Waste Management Phoenix Open,2nd round

Spencer Levin has open a three shot lead over his nearest rival at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale shooting a second round 63 for a total  of -14 under par, before play was suspended because of darkness.

 

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In second place, three shots behind  is Harrison Frazar who is at -11 for 15 holes. He is the only contestant who is any way near Spencer who is in total control of the tournament after two rounds, echo’s of last week with Kyle Stanley.

Spencer said of his round;

“Everything was pretty good today, my putting and chipping feels real solid. I felt pretty good going into my second round and it didn’t  feel like a second round.”

Phil Mickelson, who attended nearby Arizona State University got one of the loudest cheers of the day when he birdied 16. Mickelson finished with a one-under 70 as he parred 18 in fading light. His group was allowed to finish  the round because Mickelson putted out first on 17  and then sprinted to the tee on 18 to get his drive off before the horn sounded, so the entire group could get to complete the final hole. Quick thinking Phil.

Frosty Start in Sun Valley @ TPC Scottsdale

A frost delay at TPC Scottsdale in  the Waste Management Phoenix Open meant the first round could be completed. At the close of play Ryan Palmer was leading at -7 under par, but in close contention was Bubba Watson at -5 under par for 15 holes.Webb Simpson is alone in second place at -6, with six others finished on -5.

Palmer spoke about using his old putter;

“I pulled it out of the garage and was putting in my living room, then went outside in the backyard on my putting green, and I knew it was time to bring it back out. I used the exact same putter the last two years, and of course had two of the best years of my career. But toward the end of the year last year, around the BMW, I just got frustrated with not making anything, so I thought I’d try something different, put a similar style head in play and actually had some success. But my first two weeks out here I could tell I wasn’t comfortable when I’d get over the short putts. I guess you could say I left a couple out there, but it was a great day for sure.”

Palmer interview after Round 1 of Waste Management

Webb Simpson, the highest ranked player in the field, likes the Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale, saying;

“It’s one of those courses that just fits your eye well.”

Kyle Stanley  opened his account with a 69, just  four days after a devastating loss in the Farmers Insurance Open. He praised the folks who greeted his appearance;

“I’m kind of overwhelmed by it. It was just good to be out there, it was almost therapeutic.”

Bubba Watson drives General Lee to Phoenix Open

Bubba Watson arrived for the Phoenix Open in great style on Wednesday,  driving the original General Lee 01 car used in the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series. Bubba had NASCAR driver Carl Edwards riding shotgun in the famous 1969 Dodge Charger  that he had recently purchased at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale for $110,000.

Bubba apparently has “loved the show forever” and has a collection of Dukes of Hazzard DVDs to prove it.  Angie, his wife, knew of his admiration for the show, he said;

“At the time we met she knew that I loved that car and wanted one. We made a deal back then that if I ever won a golf tournament, she would let me get one.”

Bubba                                          Bubba's ride in TPC lot. on Twitpic

(Photo: Allan Henry/US PRESSWIRE)

 

The parking of the vehicle could have been better, but no one seemed to care too much. Ian Poulter tweeted; 
IanJamesPoulter
 Check out@bubbawatson new car in the parking lot. General Lee great machine.

Ian is also playing a practice round tomorrow with Bubba and Gary Woodland and reckons he will be hitting first into the greens, meaning his drives will be way behind the big hitting duo.

Holes-in-one on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale

Holes in one on the 16th at TPC Scottsdale are still a rare event despite the huge crowds that surround this green, just waiting in anticipation to see one.(excuse the pun)  The Waste Management Phoenix Open starts this week and the 16th will be a caldron of fascination once again.  Those surrounding stands have been named “the Coliseum” for good reason; there are fans on all sides exploding with child like excitement.  The complete list of aces at the 16th since 1987 stands at eight holes in one, with Jarrod Lyle adding his name to the list last year. He said of his baptism of fire;  “possibly the scariest tee shot in golf.”

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My interest in this story was kindled when yesterday I hit the pin with my tee shot on the 17th, par three at Otaki Golf Course. There must obviously have been a fault with the pin because the ball rebounded off it to the left, another near miss for me. For your information Otaki is in New Zealand, on the other side of the world to TPC Scottsdale, but unfortunately it is the nearest I will be able to get to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Should you be interested this is the list of Aces at the 16th, TPC Scottsdale.

 

Aces on the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, since 1987
Year Player Rd
2011 Jarrod Lyle 2
2002 Mike Sposa 2
1997 Tiger Woods 3
1997 Steve Stricker 4
1991 Jay Delsing 3
1990 Brad Bryant 1
1990 David Edwards 3
1988 Hal Sutton 3

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