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January 30 2012

1:35 AM

Notes from inside the ropes

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Kyle Stanley was consistently hitting it 320 yards off the tee at Torrey Pines.

Fred Albers shares his observations from the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open:

• How much difference does 1 degree make on the face of a driver? Kyle Stanley had his loft adjusted from 7.5 to 8.5 degrees this week. He came to Torrey Pines second on the PGA TOUR in driving distance at 316.4 yards, he averaged 323 yards on Sunday and was second for the week in driving distance.

• Kyle Stanley is always a quick player, he never even takes a practice stroke before putting but he was extra quick over his final nine holes on Sunday. When golfers get under pressure everything seems to go quicker including a players swing. It was evident as Kyle Stanley tried to win for the first time on the PGA TOUR.  His swing was noticeably quicker as he played the back nine, even his putting stroke was quick when he missed a four footer on the second playoff hole. Vijay Singh use to practice while saying "seventeen." He claimed reciting that number provided him with the perfect swing tempo.

• Brandt Snedeker is most dangerous when coming from off the pace. He won for the first time on the PGA TOUR, shooting 9 under in the final round of the 2007 Wyndham Championship and won the 2011 RBC Heritage coming from six shots back on Sunday. Snedeker's 67 in the final round at the Farmers Insurance Open was tied with Bud Cauley for low round of the day, and was good enough to force a playoff.

• Caddie Brett Waldman had to deliver some bad news to Stanley on the 13th fairway. The caddie asked CBS Announcer David Feherty if Stanley led by five, and was surprised to hear the lead was just three. Waldman delivered the news to Stanley who responded with five straight pars before his triple-bogey on the 18th.

• The defending champion went down swinging with a 13th place finish. Bubba Watson won the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open, leading the tournament in both driving distance and greens in regulation. This year, Watson led the tournament in driving distance at 320.8 yards and was tied for fourth in greens in regulation finishing 9 under for the week.

• Stanley led the tournament in birdies, making 25.  In the first three rounds, he never went more than five holes without a birdie, but his last birdie of the final round came on the ninth hole. He played the back nine in 5 over 41 including an 8 on the par-5 18th.

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