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Tuesday, Feb. 14
Sergio Garcia - 3:30 p.m. ET
Kyle Stanley - 6 p.m. ET
Ernie Els - 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Fred Couples - 12:30 p.m. ET
Phil Mickelson - 12:45 p.m. ET
Patrick Cantlay - 1 p.m. ET
Andy Walker and Jason Gore - 2 p.m. ET
Luke Donald - 3 p.m. ET
Adam Scott - 3:30 p.m. ET
Aaron Baddeley - 5:30 p.m. ET
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM
Gary Woodland needs a few more yards like a Corvette needs more horsepower, but he got them last week at TPC Scottsdale with a move from the Titleist ProV1 to the ProV1x.
Woodland, who has been working through swing tweaks with acclaimed teacher Butch Harmon, noticed some increased spin off his irons and wanted to make sure he had the right ball for his updated swing. He had already adjusted some of his clubs, adding one degree of effective loft by moving his Titleist 910 adjustable driver from its C•1 setting (6.75º loft, 57.75º lie) to A•1 (standard; 7.5º loft, 58.5º lie) and making the same move with his Titleist 910Fd 13.5º fairway wood.
He sought out Titleist golf ball R&D specialist Fordie Pitts, who put Woodland through paces on a TrackMan launch monitor with the company’s slightly harder, less-spinning ProV1x. With his short- and mid-irons, the monitor showed a reduction of some 150-200 rpm in spin and an increase of 1-1.5 mph in ball speed. With his driver, Woodland’s ball speed increased some 4 mph with similar spin.
(As PGA TOUR ShotLink radar stats show, Woodland isn’t exactly slacking in ball speed as it is.)
Woodland took the ProV1x to the course for further testing, and found the iron performance he was looking for. With the driver, his carry yardage increased some 14 yards – no joke.
The end of the story? Woodland finished T26 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, closing with 66 on Sunday. He was T4 for the week in Greens in Regulation.
LONG AND SHORT: Tiger Woods held court Tuesday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and explained his disdain for long putters , also proposing a solution. He said he had told Peter Dawson of the R&A that the putter should be no longer than the shortest club in one’s bag – essentially 35 to 36 inches, the length of most players’ wedges.
One side note to that – with a such a rule you wouldn’t see players use a long putter for measuring clublengths for penalties (as someone with a full broomstick putter could conceivably do), nor moments like last week at TPC Scottsdale where Spencer Levin used his belly putter to slap-shot a ball out of a bush.
RUSH TO MARKET: Bridgestone Golf is moving its new B330 ball line into the marketplace ahead of its original March 1 release, citing buzz from the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show and Brandt Snedeker’s come-from-behind win at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Its four new models – the Tour B330, Tour B330-S, Tour B330-RX and Tour B330-RXS – are on sale now in sunbelt states and will be available nationwide soon.
Speaking of Snedeker, he added a Callaway RAZR X Black 3-wood in his bag at the WM Phoenix Open, replacing a TaylorMade Burner 2.0.
DUSTED OFF: Ryan Palmer shot 64 in the opening round at TPC Scottsdale, thanks in part to an old Odyssey Rossie II putter that’s been in and out of his bag since college.
“I've used the exact same putter the last two years, and of course had two of the best years of my career,” said Palmer, who won for the third time on the PGA TOUR at the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. “But towards the end of the year last year, around the BMW, I just got frustrated with not making anything, so I thought I'd try something different, put a similar style head in play and actually had some success. Had a seventh-place finish at Malaysia with it, 20th place finish at Disney with it, so I knew it was a good putter.
“But my first two weeks out here I could tell I wasn't comfortable when I'd get over the short putts. When I got home from Bob Hope, I pulled it out of the garage and was putting in my living room, then went outside in the backyard on my putting green, and I knew it was time to bring it back out. So it showed today.”
Alas, that 64 would be his only round in the 60s as he faded to T55 on Sunday.
AMBUSHED: TaylorMade’s RocketBallz campaign continued at at PGA TOUR Superstore in Scottsdale, where Johnson Wagner and Pat Perez handed out cash for yards gained with the company’s new RBZ 3-wood. Check out the video to see happy golfers after they got stacks of $10 bills. We’d be happy too.
WINNER’S BAG: Kyle Stanley at the Waste
Management Phoenix Open:
Driver: Titleist 910D3 driver, 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 910Fd, 13.5 degrees
Irons: Titleist 503i 2-iron, MB irons 4-PW
Wedges: Vokey Design Spin Milled 52, 56, 60 degrees
Putter: Scotty Cameron Timeless GSS
Ball: Titleist ProV1x
As our PGA TOUR media official Doug Milne reported here on Monday, Kyle Stanley was able to maintain a very low profile when he flew from Arizona to Atlanta less than 24 hours after his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Maybe that's because there's a case of mistaken identity on the PGA TOUR. After all, look at what Kyle Thompson tweeted on Monday.
@KyleThompsonPGA I've now had three people tell me congrats on my win last week. Sorry I'm a different Kyle that plays @Titleist. #notkylestanley
Kyle Stanley may be changing some travel plans in the very near future.
Not only has he earned a spot in his first Masters thanks to Sunday's redemptive come-from-behind win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Stanley may also get to make his World Golf Championships debut later this month.
With the victory at TPC Scottsdale, Stanley moved from 87th to 52nd in the world. Should he remain in the top 64 as of next Monday, Feb. 13, the former Clemson standout will make the field for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
The Accenture Match Play Championship will be played Feb. 22-26 at the Ritz-Carlton Gold Club in Marana, Ariz.
Stanley has two ways to make the field for next month's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, too. He needs to either remain in the top 10 in the FedExCup standings -- Stanley currently is No. 1 -- as of March 5 or move into the 50 in the world in the rankings as of Feb. 27 or March 5.
Stanley is not playing this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but he is expected to play the following week at the Northern Trust Open. The Cadillac Championship will be played March 8-11 at TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Stanley ranked 143rd in the world at the start of the 2012 season. He came from eight strokes off the pace to beat Spencer Levin on Sunday and win his first PGA TOUR event – a week after squandering a five-stroke advantage in the final round at Torrey Pines and losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff.
The last player to effect such a dramatic turnaround was David Toms when he won the 2011 Crowne Plaza Colonial. The previous Sunday. Toms was beaten by K.J. Choi at THE PLAYERS Championship seven days earlier.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – As was the case a week ago, the Twitter world was buzzing about the finish to the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Only this time, congratulations, not commiseration, poured in for Kyle Stanley, who came from eight strokes behind to win at TPC Scottsdale a week after squandering a three-shot lead on the final hole of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Here are some of the tweets – first of all from Stanley himself.
@kylestanleygolf To do list on my week off: 1. Relax. 2. Work on my lag putting from 15 feet!!
@LukeDonald As tough as loses like last week are, you do learn more from defeats. He learnt quicker than most, congrats Kyle Stanley
@PaulStankowski Well well well! What an awesome comeback by Kyle Stanley!!! I love a great story and this is ONE AWESOME STORY!
@bobbybaryla Gutted for Spence...but that's pretty good stuff from Kyle. If he wins last week he probably finishes T17 this week... #netgain #experience
@geoffogilvy Massive effort Kyle Stanley!
@robertgarrigus @kylestanleygolf don't care what happens well done kid
@ogilviej My prediction at the beginning of the week...@kylestanleygolf would bounce back quickly. His goals are top 20 in the world, then 10, then 1
@KyleThompsonPGA Congrats to Kyle Stanley. Awesome resilience after last weeks letdown! He has a ton of game.
@DAPoints Congrats @ kylestanleygolf that is one of the most impressive wins I have ever seen! Enjoy Agusta it sets up well for you!
With his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kyle Stanley:
• Earns first PGA TOUR victory in his 44 th career start at the age of 24 years, 2 months, 17 days.
• Collects 500 FedExCup points to move to No. 1 in the standings with 846 points, leading Johnson Wagner by 49 points.
• Extends fully-exempt status through the 2014 season.
• Becomes the first player to make the Waste Management Phoenix Open his first TOUR win since J.B. Holmes in 2006 and the 10 th in tournament history.
Kyle Stanley is a first-time winner on the PGA TOUR, shooting 65 Sunday at TPC Scottsdale to come from behind to take the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Want to congratulate Kyle? Send a note below and we’ll pass it along.