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.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Stanley came to the 18th hole with a one-stroke lead over his playing partner, Ben Crane. He left with likely redemption – depending on how Spencer Levin plays the final two holes.
Stanley, who squandered a five-shot lead in the final round a week ago, hit his drive well left near a hospitality tent about 102 yards from the green. When his second shot landed 18 feet from the pin, Stanley high-fived his caddy emphatically.
Stanley’s birdie putt slid 3 feet, 11 inches past the hole. But he made the putt for par – clenching his fist in quiet celebration.
Crane, meanwhile, found the fairway but his second shot spun off the green. He putted to 2 feet and eventually made par.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Stanley challenged himself at the driveable par-4 17th hole, hitting his tee shot short and well right of the green.
The ball settled under a cactus, but Stanley chipped to 22 feet. When he hit his second shot, Stanley was leading by two strokes at 15 under thanks to Spencer Levin’s double bogey at the par-5 15th..
Ben Crane, who was tied for second with Levin, missed the green to the right by 31 feet, He chipped to 3 feet and made the putt for birdie to move to 14 under and one clear of Levin.
Stanley just missed the birdie putt but tapped in for par that left him one stroke ahead of Crane.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While Spencer Levin was struggling at the par-5 15th, Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley were having their troubles at No. 16.
Both missed the green long and left. Stanley, who was tied with Levin when he teed off on the par 3, chipped on and made a 9-footer for par to remain at 15 under. He is now 62 of 64 on putts inside 10 feet this week.
Crane, though, missed his par putt from 14 feet so he is now 13 under.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Kyle Stanley had been looking forward to playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a while now.
Given what happened on Sunday, though, he said teeing it up in Thursday's first round was "almost therapeutic." And the 69 Stanley opened with at TPC Scottsdale wasn't half bad, either.
Stanley had squandered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole of the Farmers Insurance Open and ended up losing to Brandt Snedeker on the second hole of a playoff four days ago. Even though he was extremely disappointed, Stanley said he never thought about taking this week off to regroup.
Stanley started on the back side and played his first seven holes in 4 under -- which for a while on Thursday morning gave him sole possession of the lead. He got up and down the 18th hole but got the stroke back on No. 3 before making bogeys on two of his last three holes.
"Played pretty good on that back nine, made a couple bogeys late but drove the ball really well," Stanley said. "Hit it decent, hit a couple wedges that didn't respond the way I thought they were going to, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased. There's a lot of golf left."
Stanley also was thankful for the support the felt from the fans in the gallery. "I said on Tuesday, I'm kind of overwhelmed by it," Stanley said. "It's really nice to know that you have people behind you, and I certainly appreciate it.