AT&T Byron Nelson. Ben Crane Leads.

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Ben Crane leads the AT&T Byron Nelson after 36 holes at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

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Ben carded a second round -7 under par 63 in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament to sit at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par for 36 holes.

Two years ago Ben moved from Dallas to Nashville, but really enjoys returning, to link up with old friends;

“Your wedding day and maybe your funeral are like the only two days you get most of your friends together.”

“We come to Dallas, we get a lot of them together.”

“Obviously a special day and this is a special place for us, we lived here for 12 years.”

“So many friends and family walking around with us. I just want to walk outside the ropes and hang out with my friends. It’s been a cool week.”

“I normally don’t really look at my results, but I did when I got to number seven. I was filling in the scores of my playing partner and I looked up at my card and I did happen to notice that my card was all three’s, then I realized.”

“Well, I made a 2 on 17 and a 3 on 8. Man, I’m playing better than I thought.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Brooks Koepka -6 under 64 today, Bud Cawley -5 under 65, Sergio Garcia -4 under 66 and a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth, -5 under 65, all of them posting -11 under par at half-way.

“It was a month ago that Jordan was  a tournament leader;

“Two tournaments ago, but it does feel like a while ago.”

“Not quite feeling like I have my best iron play right now, but at least missing on the putting surface  I’m able to escape with 4 and go on to the next hole.”

Bud is just happy to be playing, after 14 months of rehab for a dislocated shoulder;

“I haven’t been able to play that many events this year, I’m playing well.”

” If I have a chance to play some tournaments this summer, that’s all I’m worried about, just playing when I’m playing.”

“It was just nice to be out here in a tournament and just hitting nice shots, be able to look and see the shot I wanted to hit and execute it.”

Brooks is making the most of a new putter, which helps him roll the ball,

“The one we’ve got now just rolls a lot better, it keeps rolling and rolling. It feels good off the face, a little softer too, which helps on faster greens.”

“I’ve been really close as of late. I feel like I’m cracking the door for a win.”

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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.

Humana Challenge Blown off course

The Humana Challenge suspended play midway through the third round after 35 mph winds rampaged across the Palm Springs area.  Mark Wilson was halted at -5 under through 15 holes of the third round and leading at -21 under for the tournament.  The ugly high winds really caused some damage, unbelievably on all three courses, which toppled trees, blew balls off greens, even knocking a scoreboard into a lake. The Humana Challenge will  resume third-round play at La Quinta  California on Sunday morning. Mark Wilson is holding a three-stroke lead over Ben Crane, who is -2 under through 12 holes and -18 under for the tournament. Zach Johnson is in third place, he is -6 under par through 13 holes and -17 under overall. Mark seemed pretty happy with coming off the course early, saying in his after round interview;

” When they blew the horn I wasn’t that disappointed. Regardless your gonna wake up Sunday morning with the lead. With a little bit of a lengthy day you’ve got three holes to play in round number three. Then of course you play the final round, what type of mentality do you have in that day. You’ve got to make a lot of birdies, I mean, this format with these types of courses, you’ve just got to make a lot of birdies. So, I haven’t looked at the board, I know you told me I’m in front, but I’ve got to keep making birdies to win this thing.”

Wilson interview - Round 3 of Humana Challenge

Humana Challenge- Toms Still There

David Toms, Ben Crane and Mark Wilson all share the lead at the Humana Challenge at the PGA West course in La Quinta, California. The trio are at -16 after the second round, three shots ahead of their nearest rivals, headed by Camillo Villegas.

Toms interview after Round 2 of Humana Challenge

Phil Mickleson had a better round today, 69 for a total of -1, but is still a long way from making the cut, a point he mentioned in his after round interview;

” After a rough start today, being three over, I played the last thirteen six under. Played much better and I’m excited about how I was playing heading into this tournament. But, I’ve had a bit of a slap in the face with my first two scores. I’ll try tomorrow to go out and play a good round, hopefully make the cut. Get a bit of momentum heading into next week’s event in San Diego.

Phil tried out a new driver today and it seemed to work pretty well, hitting it much straighter than yesterdays effort.

Mickelson interview after Round 2 of Humana Challenge

New Zealand’s Danny Lee gad another 3 under round 69 to finish the second day at -6. He is playing steady golf and making a good impression, while flying the flag for NZ.