January 29 2012
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Should Kyle Stanley go on to win the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, he'll likely look back to the 14th hole as being pivotal in the victory.
Stanley's lead had dwindled to three shots after he made consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12. He found the right fairway bunker off the tee at the 14th hole and his second shot landed just short of the green.
Stanley's third shot checked up and stopped 13 feet short of the pin. But he managed to coax the ball into the hole to preserve the three-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker.
The understated Stanley quietly celebrated by bumping fists with his caddy, Brett Waldman, an accomplished player in his own right who formerly worked for Camilo Villegas and played the Nationwide Tour last year.