Kyle Stanley Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open
By mustang6560 on 2/6/12
Which of the following is the most correct answer?

A) Kyle Stanley pulled a David Toms and bounced back from a devastating loss the week before to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

B) Spencer Levin pulled a Kyle Stanley and failed to hold onto a large lead during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and lost.

Let the debate begin.

I feel like I'm in the exact same situation from last week. I was supposed to be happy for Brandt Snedeker for winning the Farmers Insurance Open, but in reality, I felt bad for Kyle Stanley because he let a seven stroke lead slip away from his finger tips over the final several holes and eventually lost in a playoff.

Fast forward, Kyle got his redemption yesterday at TPC Scottsdale, but it came at the expense of Spencer Levin. Spencer was in a virtually identical position as Kyle was a week ago. He held as much as a six stroke lead at one point (Kyle held a seven stroke lead) and seemed to watch helplessly as it slipped away. So, now, while I'm supposed to feel happy for Kyle, I can't help but feel for Spencer.

Golf is a funny game, example #4,563.

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DaRupp13 says:
Who cares? Great win for Kyle, going to go a long way for him in the long run.
winstj2008 says:
I think it was a little of both! Kyle played a great final round to put pressure on Levin and Levin had a major choke city. Great win for Kyle though and its nice to see him bounce back after TPC Scottsdale
birdieXris says:
Little of both, but more of the former. To put together a solid 65 on the final day of a tournament AFTER having blown it just the week before. I think the fact that he was even in contention this week shows some mental game as well as physical game. I voted that he wouldn't win this season. Very very surprised. Called my fiancée and told her about it. She couldn't believe it either. Great golf.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I had confidence that Stanley *would* win his first PGA Tour event this season, but I certainly didn't anticipate that it would take only seven days!

1000 points for Sally for saying that it's example # "4,653" - the numbers 4-6-5-3 on a telephone keypad translate to the letters G-O-L-F. This is not a coincidence, though... :-P
mustang6560 says:
@Torleif- 4-6-5-3 just felt natural!
Duke of Hazards says:
The thing is... Stanley didn't choke at Torrey, he just had 1 stroke of horrible luck with that shot spinning too much on him. Levin choked, played defensively, got tentative and it cost him. He pulled more of a Rory at Augusta. Whether Levin will come out of it mentally stronger remains to be seen. They're both solid golfers, no doubt.
joe jones says:
I wrote last week after the Torrey Pines fiasco that Stanley had a lot of talent and I thought he would be able to put it out of his mind. The fact he won the next tour event is mind boggling. Coming after trailing by 8 shots was improbable to say the least. The best part of it is he no longer has to address the "what happened" questions from our inquiring media.What a future he has.
bkuehn1952 says:
Like birdieXris, I thought tossing it all away down the stretch would gut Kyle Stanley for some time. Some of these young players must really have it together mentally. BTW, Stanley's putting stats for inside 10 feet continue to be all world.

It was hard to root for Levin. He was getting all wound up and looked liked the type of guy, if he were an amateur and was playing in my group, who would continually moan about how unfair everything was, that all he had was bad luck, etc...
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