SCOTTSDALE: Kyle Stanley bounced back from a bitter defeat to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday, erasing an eight-shot deficit to triumph a week after his last-round collapse at Torrey Pines.
“I’m not sure what I’m thinking right now,” Stanley said. “I just needed to focus on playing golf. I needed to put last week behind me.”
Stanley was brought to tears at Torrey after a triple-bogey at the final hole dropped him into a playoff that he lost. On Sunday, however, he was in position to strike as Spencer Levin suffered a similar collapse — surrendering a six-shot overnight lead.
Stanley capped a bogey-free 65 with a four-foot par putt and finished with a 15-under total of 269. Ben Crane carded a 66 and finished in second on 270. Levin, who started the round with a six-stroke lead, was seven in front after one hole but finished with a four-over 75 that included a double-bogey seven at the par-five 15th. He settled for third on 271 as Stanley savored a first US PGA Tour victory.
“I just didn’t have it,” said Levin, who had led by five shots after the second round. “Maybe I was looking ahead too much and trying too hard. What are you going to do? I tried my best.” The last player to lose in a playoff and rebound with a win the following week was David Toms, who fell in playoff at the Players Championship last year and won the Colonial a week later.