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A couple days later, Stanley revisits shocking loss at Torrey Pines

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012 at 9:22 am with No Comments »
January 31, 2012 9:22 am

A composed, even occasionally smiling Kyle Stanley just concluded his pre-Phoenix Open press conference in the media center this morning.

Of course, he was asked to revisit the freefall late Sunday in which he blew a three-stroke lead on the final hole of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South Course, eventually losing in a playoff.

“It’s a crazy game,” he lamented. “It can love you. It can hate you.”

He said the one shot he revisits in his head is the 80-yard third shot on the finishing par 5. If he could do it over, he said he might have hit a 52-degree wedge instead of a sand wedge to take a little bit of the spin of his shot – which carried his ball back into the front greenside pond, leading to a triple bogey-8.

But generally, Stanley – dressed in an all-black outfit Tuesday morning before heading off to a 10:15 a.m. practice round with Joe Ogilvie – remained content with pretty much every aspect of his golf game right now.

“Nothing changes,” Stanley said. “I am still very confident in my game.”

He did note the support from fans and fellow PGA Tour players was overwhelming. New to Twitter, Stanley said he picked up “6,000 followers” by the end of the tournament Sunday after to his arriving in Phoenix.

He said hanging out with family that night, conversing with fellow PGA Tour player (and close friend) Zach Johnson, and getting a text message from Steve Stricker – whom edged Stanley out on the 72nd hole for the John Deere Classic title in 2011 – all really helped in dealing with the shock of such a devastating defeat.

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