Kyle Stanley held a three stroke lead coming into the final hole of the Farmers Insurance Open but it wasn't enough to claim his first career PGA Tour victory. A triple bogey forced a playoff with Brandt Snedeker who would eventually win with a par on the second playoff hole. The loss leaves Stanley in search of career victory number one and gives Senedeker the third of his career.
(Snedeker earned his third career PGA Tour victory om Sunday. Photo: GolfWeek)
Stanley lead by as many as seven strokes during the final round on Sunday but struggled on the final nine holes making two bogies and the triple on 18. After playing sixty consecutive holes without a three putt, Stanley needed three putts on the 18th and followed it up with a three putt on the second playoff hole allowing Snedeker to win with a par.
When Snedeker finished his round on Sunday he signed his scorecard and went to the media tent to answer questions. As he was being interviewed he watched the monitors and saw Stanely's eight on the final hole and ran out of the tent to join the playoff. His 5-under (67) final round looked to be good enough for second place. If not for a bogey on the 17th, he may have won without needing a playoff, something no one would have predicted at that point.
As much as the win was due to Stanley's triple bogey on the final hole, it was also because of Snedekers play. He made 24 total birdies including nine during the second round on the North Course. He averaged 27.5 putts per round for the tournament, third best in the field but the most impressive feat may have been his ability to get up and down on the two playoff holes. A tee shot into the sand on the first one followed by an approach that left him four feet for birdie. He made his putt and went onto the second playoff hole where a fortunate bounce off the media tent prevent his ball from going out of bounds. A chip up to a few feet and he made the par putt to earn his first victory of the 2012 season.
Snedeker earned $1,080,000 for his victory and 500 FedEx Cup points.
The PGA Tour heads to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Mark Wilson is the defending champion and will look for his second win of the 2012 season.