KYLE STANLEY BIO
Hometown: Gig Harbor. Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Schools: Bellarmine Prep/Clemson.
2012 season: Made 17 of 27 cuts, posted two top-10 finishes and totaled $2.35 million in season earnings. Won his first career PGA Tour event at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (15-under-par 269) in February.
Best finish in 2012 at a major: Tied for 39th at the British Open (5-over 285).
World ranking heading into this season: 76th.
Caddie: Dave Woosley.
Swing instructor: Mike Taylor.
Mental coach: Julie Elion.
Agent: Brad Buffoni.
In the bag: Nike Covert Red (8.5 degrees), Nike Covert Red 3-wood (15 degrees), Nike VR Pro Blades irons, Nike VR Pro wedges, Nike Method Prototype putter, Nike 20xix golf balls.
Endorsements: Nike golf, Omega watches, Aegon/Transamerica.
Five to thrive in: Farmers Insurance Open, Jan. 24-27, Torrey Pines South and North Courses, La Jolla, Calif.; Waste Management Phoenix Open, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 21-24, Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla.; The Players Championship, May 9-12, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; The Memorial, May 30-June 2, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.