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The Tour Report

February 5 2012

6:53 PM

Notes from inside the ropes

By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

Sticky Situation:  Kyle Stanley's shot of the day came on the 71st hole of competition. He drove into the desert at the short par-4 17th, where his golf ball lodged under a cactus. Stanley hooded a 56-degree wedge and the ball left the clubface spinning left. The shot found the green and, two putts later, Stanley was on the 18th tee with a two-shot lead, on his way to redemption.

Bloody Sunday: Spencer Levin wanted a win so badly that he also walked into a cactus in the desert to play a shot. On the 15th hole, he stood in the middle of a prickly situation, ripping the fabric on his shirt and tearing his flesh. Levin got down low and swatted at the ball with his putter, knocking it into the first cut of rough. While the shot bloodied his back, his next play was even more painful as Levin hit into the water short of the green. He played the par-5 15th hole in 3 over this weekend and lost by two.

Using Your Crane-ium: Ben Crane finished second and putted well the whole week. He took 28 putts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, then took 27 strokes on Sunday. He one-putted the first four holes and led the tournament in par-5 scoring at 12 under. For a player who claims, "I didn't hit it well all week," Crane jumps into 6th place in the FedExCup standings.

Phil Falls: Phil Mickelson started the final round at 8 under in a tie for 10th. He tumbled 16 places to finish tied for 26th. Mickelson hit just 23 of 56 greens, which ranked him 77th in the field for futility. Phil needs to sharpen his driving, but the putter is just fine. Mickelson took just 107 putts for 72 holes, the second best total in the tournament.

Nailed It: Kyle Stanley missed just three putts inside of 10 feet for the entire tournament. He also made three putts outside of 25 feet this week, yet he took 31 putts on Sunday and ranked 63rd in the field for total putts taken. The reason for the large number of putts? Stanley hit 57 of 72 greens, including 16 of 18 on Sunday.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and is inside the ropes this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.