January 29 2012
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Here is the play-by-play for the sudden death session between Kyle Stanley and Brandt Snedeker. The playoff begins at No. 18 and rotates to Nos. 16, 17 and 18, if necessary.
No. 18 (536-yard, par 5): Kyle Stanley hit first and put his tee shot down the right side of the fairway while Snedeker’s ball veered left and landed in the fairway bunker.
Snedeker’s second shot from the bunker went to the right side of the fairway and landed next to a huge clump of grass. When he got to the ball, he was able to carefully move the turf.
Stanley’s second shot, meanwhile, went over the green on the par 5 so he faces a delicate shot downhill with water on the other side of the green.
Snedeker’s third shot was similar to the one he had in regulation that produced a 20-inch birdie. This time his ball landed 3 feet, 2 inches from the pin.
Stanley chipped to 2 feet, 11 inches so both have birdie putts. Snedeker made his and so did Stanley, so it’s off to the 16th hole.
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No. 16 (195-yard, par 3): Stanley’s tee shot hit about 20 feet short and trickled back down the slope of the green. Snedeker hit 5-iron and his ball one-hopped over the green, stopping just below the TV tower. He’ll get a drop, as a result.
Snedeker ends up having to place his ball on the hill. He chips to about 5 1/2 feet for the potential par putt.
Stanley had a 47-footer for the birdie. The ball stops 5 feet, 3 inches short of the green. PGA TOUR rules official Mark Russell had to use the flagstick to determine who was away.
Snedeker makes his par putt but Stanley misses his. The win is the third of Snedeker’s career.
“It’s just crazy,” Snedeker told Peter Kostis minutes after the putt dropped. “I was literally in the media tent watching Kyle play 18. It’s hard to get my mind around what happened in the last 30 minutes. My heart goes out to Kyle.”
Stanley told David Feherty he was “kind of in shock right now. I don’t really know what to say.”