Snedeker the shock winner

2012-01-30 06:47
Brandt Snedeker (Gallo)

California - Brandt Snedeker parred the second playoff hole for an improbable victory in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open after Kyle Stanley surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole.

Stanley, who led by as many as seven shots, arrived at the last hole of regulation with a three-shot cushion.

But his approach at the par-five rolled into the water and he ended up with a triple-bogey eight for a two-over 74 for a 16-under total of 272.

Snedeker was already off the course after capping his 67 on the Torrey Pines South course with a birdie at the last, where he landed a wedge to about a foot and tapped in.

Even after that final flourish Snedeker didn't imagine that he'd have a chance to win.

However, after Stanley's disaster, the two returned to the 18th for the first hole of the sudden-death playoff.

Both birdied the par-five and they moved on the the par-three 16th.

Snedeker was over the green but his ball settled at the base of a television tower. He chipped on and made his five-footer for par, while Stanley's putt of similar length burned the edge but didn't drop.

"It's just crazy," Snedeker said. "To get my mind around what happened the last 30 minutes is pretty hard to do right now. My heart is out to Kyle. I feel bad for him to have to go through this."

The devastating defeat left Stanley still in search of his first US PGA Tour win, while Snedeker captured his third title.

He could barely control his emotions after a week of superb play ended in bitter disappointment.

"It's not a hard golf hole," the 24-year-old said. "I could probably play it a thousand times and never make an eight."

Stanley had birdied his first two holes of the day and led by six through nine.

After back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12, he appeared to be back on track with five straight pars.

It wasn't the first time Stanley lost to a come-from-behind rival. He led by two at the John Deere Classic last season but bogeyed the final hole and saw Steve Stricker seize the title with back-to-back birdies.

"I know I'll be back," Stanley said. "It's tough to swallow right now."

American John Rollins was third in the $6 million event, carding a 68 for 274. It was another two shots back to Bill Haas and Cameron Tringale.

John Huh, the 21-year-old Korean-American rookie out of Q-school, started the day tied for second with Rollins five off the pace.

He was never a factor after an opening four holes of a bogey, birdie, double-bogey and bogey, but his closing birdie gave him a share of sixth place on 277 and a berth in the Phoenix Open next week.

Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the PGA Tour $6 million Farmers Insurance Open (x-won at 2nd playoff hole; USA unless noted, par-72):

272 - x-Brandt Snedeker 67-64-74-67, Kyle Stanley 62-68-68-74

274 - John Rollins 70-65-68

276 - Bill Haas 63-71-70-72, Cameron Tringale 67-72-66-71

277 - Hunter Mahan 69-65-74-69, John Huh 64-71-68-74

278 - Jimmy Walker 73-65-70-70, Martin Flores 65-67-75-71, Justin Leonard 65-70-71-72, Rod Pampling (AUS) 64-75-68-71, D.A. Points 70-70-67-71

279 - Vijay Singh (FIJ) 64-75-71-69, Bill Lunde 74-68-68-69, Rickie Fowler 68-70-71-70, Bryce Molder 71-70-68-70, Stewart Cink 69-68-72-70, Bud Cauley 69-70-73-67, Bubba Watson 69-71-68-71, Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 69-69-69-72, Scott Piercy 70-68-68-73

280 - Keegan Bradley 69-68-73-70, Robert Allenby (AUS) 68-67-73-72, Pat Perez 66-70-71-73, Camilo Villegas (COL) 65-72-70-73, Jonas Blixt (SWE) 70-70-65-75

281 - Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 70-72-69-70, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 70-70-69-72, Noh Seung-yul (KOR) 69-72-71-69, Nick O'Hern (AUS) 69-70-74-68, James Driscoll 68-69-70-74, Tim Herron 68-70-69-74

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