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 Kyle Stanley Champion of the 2012 Waste Management Open


At the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale, a reversal of fortune for Kyle Stanley

was underway after last Sundays tragedy at Torrey Pines (where he led by seven strokes

entering the final round).This week it was Spenser Levin who was the victim of a series of

unfortunate events on the back nine.


Levin the 54 hole leader, was still holding a two shot lead on the par 5 - 15th hole before

he rinsed his approach and made double bogie seven.Later Levin would admit that the result

of that shot rattled him.Stanley eight strokes back entering the final round, fired a final round

65 (-15) good enough to win his first Tour Event.Levin's 75 left him in third place at -13.


"I really feel for him, experiencing that," Stanley said."You don't want to wish that upon

anybody. He's a very good player. Way too good of a player to not bounce back or recover."

"You go from a very low point to a high point," Stanley said. "I'm not sure I expected to maybe

recover this quickly. ... I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind

me. I think I did."


Ben Crane shot 66 Sunday to finish solo second a shot back. 


Tiger Woods returns for his 2012 Debut on the PGA Tour next week at Pebble Beach.





 Paul Lawrie tees off at the Qatar Masters on Sunday


On the European Tour at The Qatar Masters, Paul Lawrie shot a closing 65, to reach -15

and beat Jason Day and Peter Hanson who tied for second at -11.John Daly finished fourth

at -9


The 43 year old Scot played himself into the Accenture Match Play with his win, and back

into the top 50 in the world.Less than a year ago he was ranked 272nd the Official World

Golf Ranking.


"I don't think I can play much better than that," he said after finishing with a 15 under par

total in an event cut to 54 holes because of Friday's strong winds.

"I've been playing well for a long, long time, but it's just nice to come out one ahead and

shoot seven under."








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Tiger Woods congratulates Robert Rock on his victory



Abu Dhabi - Robert Rock shot 70 and out played a struggling Tiger Woods in the Abu

Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships to claim his second career title.Woods struggled with

hisball striking all day, only hitting two fairways and six greens, his 72 was a

testament to his shortgame and competitive fire."I was just a touch off, But Robert

played great. He made a couple of key up-and-downs and a couple of beautiful iron

shots down the stretch."

Robert Rock (-13) was humbled by his own performance,"I really can't believe I have

done that today.I was just very happy to be playing with Tiger. That's a special

honor in itself.It's been a steady progression and I've worked hard, but I didn't think

this would happen," he said.

World #2 Rory McIlroy finished runner up for the second year in a row, if it weren't

for a two stroke penalty earlier in the tournament, he would have finished at -14 and

won by a stroke.

World #1 Luke Donald finished 48th, and World #3 Lee Westwood finished 17th.





2012 Champion of The farmers Insurance Open: Brandt Snedeker



The best way to describe the final moments of regulation in the latest installment

that is known as the PGA Tour is just quite simply this, Brandt Snedeker was the

beneficiary of the train wreck that was Kyle Stanley on Sunday at The Farmers

Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Stanley's play was up and down all day for sure, but on the 72nd hole he was 77

yards away from his first tour victory, when the you know what hit the fan.Stanley's

precise wedge shot onto the 18th green looked perfect for a tap in for birdie and a four

stroke victory, only one problem . . . the ball spun all the way off the green and into

the hazard.After a triple bogey 8, the playoff began.


Both Players birdied the first playoff hole, which of course was the 18th, then on the

par 3 -16th it came down to a lag putt and a chip, and who could make a clutch five

footer.Snedeker poured his in and watched as Kyle Stanley's roll stayed on the edge

of the hole and refused to break.

Snedeker had won his third tour event, and Stanley was left to wonder what he had

to do to get his first.







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Branden Grace wins at the Links of Fancourt, in South Africa

South Africa - A week after capturing his first European title at the Joburg

Open, South African Branden Grace battled his idols, Ernie Els and Retief

Goosen in a playoff at the Volvo Golf Champions, in South Africa.

All three players finished at -12 in regulation, but in the playoff it was

Grace who took charge over his boyhood heroes.Grace and Retief Goosen

found the short grass from the tee, Els was in the left rough and forced to

lay up. Els would hit his approach to 15 feet in 3 shots, Goosen was short

right of the green and failed to chip close resulting in a par. Branden Grace

would find the front right of the green and two putt for his birdie 4.Els had a

putt to extend the playoff, but he missed, leaving Grace with a tap in and his

second title in two weeks.




La Quinta, California - Mark Wilson fired a Sunday final round 69 to capture the

Humana Challenge by two strokes on Sunday.


It was Wilson's fifth career win on the PGA Tour, he finished at 24 under par at the

Palmer Course at PGA West.


Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger and Robert Garrigus finished tied for second at 266.





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2012 Sony Open Champion Johnson Wagner


Honolulu, Hawaii - Johnson Wagner shot 67 on Sunday and

won the Sony Open by two strokes at Waialae Country Club.

The win was Wagner's second PGA Tour victory, and afterward

he reflected,  "I've won twice and learned from both of these

experiences that you think they just come so easy after that,"

Wagner said. "Hopefully I can settle down a bit and then not

think that winning is easy, because it is not, and it's hard. I've

worked very hard this off season, and it's just really nice to see it

pay off so early."


Harrison Frazar, Charles Howell III, Carl Pettersson and Sean O'Hair all finished T2 at -11. 


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