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February 8 2012

7:15 PM

Levin puts collapse in rearview mirror

Interview: Spencer Levin

Spencer Levin addressed the media and discussed losing a six-shot lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Playing with a six-shot lead is a lot easier said than done. At least according to Spencer Levin.

“You don’t have so many weird thoughts,” Levin said Wednesday, a little more than a week removed from shooting a final-round 75 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. “I didn’t really know how hard it was until I was actually in that situation.”

Levin had so much going on in his head, he didn’t sleep much the night before the final round in Phoenix and woke up in the middle of the night and never got back to sleep -- “I wanted the day to be over at 2 in the morning,” he said.

Once Sunday arrived of course, it wasn’t long before Levin’s chances were over with two bogeys in his first six holes to start the landslide. Which is why Levin would prefer coming from behind over having a lead going into Sunday.

“Don't get me wrong, I'd like a six‑shot lead again,” Levin said. “But I think it's easier from the aspect that you aren't expected to win. It's a little easier on your mind that way for sure.”

The days that have followed have been tough on Levin, who doesn’t have a Facebook, Twitter or even a cell phone but has received plenty of words of encouragement up and down the driving range. Being here hasn’t hurt either.

“I was really bummed out Sunday night, pretty bummed out Monday,” Levin said. “I've been thinking about it a lot.

“But I got here, and then I was like, man, I get to play Pebble Beach. It's not like you're going home and playing the muni in your backyard, so I didn't think about it much playing out here.”

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