Date: November 22, 2012

Profile: Kyle Stanley

Kyle Stanley

Kyle Stanley finished a career-best No. 31 in the final FedExCup standings, missing qualifying for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola by one shot at the BMW Championship in 2012. Stanley lost to Brandt Snedeker on the second playoff hole (No. 16) with a bogey-4 at the Farmers Insurance Open. He had a five-shot lead entering the final round. His three-round total of 198 tied the tournament&aposs 54-hole record originally set by Tiger Woods (2008) and Woody Blackburn (1985). Led the field in Putts (Greens in Regulation), at 1.632, and was second in Driving Distance, at 314.4 yards. His playoff loss at Torrey Pines came in his second start at the Farmers Insurance Open (T53 in 2011). It was his first playoff on the PGA TOUR. One week and, as he puts it, “6,000 new Facebook friends” later, he rallied from eight strokes back in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 6-under 65 to claim his first PGA TOUR win by a stroke over Ben Crane. The come-from-behind win matched the third-largest comeback in TOUR history and was the largest in tournament history. He was cheered on by a gallery all week who affectionately dubbed him “The Comeback Kid.” Choking back tears at the trophy presentation, Stanley credited and dedicated the win to his parents. PGA Tour victories: 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open Australian Open victories: Nil Bio: Born: 18 November 1987, Gig Harbor, Washington Represents: USA Resides: Gig Harbor, Washington