Kyle Stanley's going to be just fine — Following a tournament to forget at the Farmers Insurance Open, Stanley produced a stellar final round -- firing a bogey-free 6-under 65 -- performance at the Waste Management Open, coming from seven shots shots back, at one point, to capture his first PGA Tour win. We had a feeling Stanley was due for a big year, but for him to turn things around and go from the lowest to the highest point in his career in seven days was beyond impressive.
Spencer Levin, on the other hand ... — It's impossible to predict how a guy will react the next time around when he has a final round lead, but it's safe to say Spencer Levin's first go-around was a little rough. Holding a six-shot lead on Sunday, Levin couldn't get it going all day before a five hole stretch on the back nine doomed his round. I also think he smoked every cigarette in Phoenix on Sunday, which, you know, is probably not a good thing. Can Levin bounce back from his train wreck? Absolutely. But he needs to learn how to calm his nerves and relax. That should hopefully come with more experience.
The Stars and Stripes are streaking — Kyle Stanley's win at the Waste Management made it five consecutive PGA Tour victories for players from United States. The last time we see a streak of that length was back in 2001, when the Stars and Stripes opened the year with eight consecutive victories. It's not exactly newsworthy until it happens on the major championship stage, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
The Waste Management Open is still one of the best stops on tour — How crazy was the Greatest Week on Grass? Tournament officials estimated that more than 500,000 people walked through the gates. Even though most were there for the scene on the 16th and the talent walking around the course, you have to give the tournament credit for making the event something special. Very few draw crowds like the Waste Management Open, and while the course is nothing to write home about, the laid back atmosphere certainly allows golfers in the field to have some fun as well.
Frost continues to be a problem — It seems to be a problem after every year, but for three out of four days, frost-delays at the Waste Management really complicated things for tournament officials. After a four-hour delay on Thursday, officials dealt with frost-delays again on Friday and Saturday. Maybe the course needs to consider investing in a bunch of space heaters.
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