Waste Management Open. Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An Lead

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Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An sit on top of the Waste Management Open leaderboard after round two at TPC Scottsdale.

Steele charges to the top

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Brendan shot -4 under par 67 and Byeong -5 under 66 to share the  Waste Management Open lead at -10 under par.

Byeong had a good finish to his round;

“I look forward to playing those holes, 16, 17, 18, great finishing holes.”

“I love people making noise. I really don’t mind, as long as they don’t make sudden noise.”

Brendan has had good results here before, and feels good;

“I played well the last few weeks.”

“Obviously, the win a couple months ago, and then I’ve got good results on this course before. Everything feels pretty good.”

Matt Kuchar -2 under 69 today, defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, -3 under 68, Martin Laird, -5 under 66 and Sung Kang, -6 under 65, all share third place at -9 under par.

Local boy Matt feels the pressure of playing at home;

“It’s one thing to play at home and feel pretty good about your game.”

“It’s another thing to come out on the PGA TOUR and compete in a tournament. I come with little expectations.”

Hideki made bogey on the last;

“I thought I could go for the pin and came up a little short”

 “Little disappointing, but I played well all day.

Martin was bogey free, good putting a major factor;

“It was a clean card in terms of bogeys, but my golf game wasn’t very clean.”

“I struggled a little bit with my irons all day, but my putting was probably the best I’ve putted in a long time.”

Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson tried to pull off some impossible shots, they did not work, -1 under today proof of that, he is back at -4 under for the tournament;

“I didn’t really have much, I was trying to get something that would cut it. It was sitting in the rough.”

“The only play was to pitch out, but that’s not really, you know, what I like to do.”

“It sucks, finishing with two bogeys.”.

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.



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.