Stanley makes third best comeback in PGA Tour history


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Clemson, SC—Former Clemson All-American Kyle Stanley overcame an eight-shot deficit entering the final round and won the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Stanley had a 72-hole score of 269, a 15-under par score on the par 71 TPC of Scottsdale Course.

Stanley had rounds of 69-66-69-65 in winning $1,098,000, his biggest check as a professional. With the victory he moved to first place on the PGA Tour money list with $1,793,575 through four events. He also leads the Tour in Fed Ex Cup points and is third on the Tour in stroke average with a 69.13 average.

On Sunday, in shooting a 65, Stanley had six birdies and 12 pars. He hit 16 of 18 greens, giving him 57 of 72 greens for the week. He won by one shot over Ben Crane, who shot a 66 on Sunday and finished with a 270 score. Spencer Levin, who had a six-shot lead on the field, including eight shots over Stanley entering the final round, finished third at 13-under-par 271. Stanley was tied for fifth at nine under par entering the final round.

Former Clemson All-American D.J. Trahan shot a 66 on Sunday and finished fourth with a 272 score. Trahan had a 64 on Saturday and his 130 score was the best in the tournament on the weekend, even four shots better than Stanley.

Stanley overcame an eight-shot deficit entering the final round. It tied for the third best comeback in the history of the PGA Tour and was the best since Craig Stadler overcame an eight-shot deficit entering the final round of the 2003 BC Open.

Stanley has been the story of professional golf so far this year. He had a five-shot lead entering the final round of the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego last weekend, and had a seven-shot lead in the middle of the final round. But he made an eight on the last hole, then lost in a playoff to Brent Snedeker.

But, one week later Stanley was in the winner’s circle holding a check of more than $1 million.

With Stanley’s victory, a former Clemson golfer has won at least one tournament on the PGA Tour each of the last nine years, the longest active streak for any school. Arizona State and UNLV could tie the Tigers if one of their former players wins an event later this year.

Stanley’s win will give him an invitation to the Masters in April. That will give Clemson four players in the Masters for the first time. Lucas Glover qualified earlier by virtue of his 2009 US Open Championship. Jonathan Byrd had already qualified by his top 30 finish on the Fed Ex Cup list last year. Current Clemson golfer Corbin Mills received an invitation by winning the 2011 US Public Links Championship.

Stanley is the youngest former Clemson golfer to win a PGA event. Born on November 19, 1987, Stanley is 24 years, two months and 17 days. Jonathan Byrd was the previous youngest former Tiger to win on the Tour. He was 24 years and nine months when he won the 2002 Buick Challenge.

Stanley was an All-American at Clemson between 2006-09. He was a first-team All-American as a freshman and a junior when he finished second at the NCAA Championships both years. He helped Clemson to a number-five national team finish in 2008, his sophomore year.

Greatest Comebacks in PGA Tour History
	Year	Golfer	Tournament	Comeback
	1999	Paul Lawrie	British Open	10 shots
	2004	Stewart Cink	MCI Heritage	9 shots
	2012	Kyle Stanley	Waste Management	8 shots
	1956	Jackie Burke	Masters	8 shots
	1959	Ken Venturie	Los Angeles Open	8 shots
	1983	Mark Lye	Banks of Boston	8 shots
	1985	Hal Sutton	St. Jude Memphis Open	8 shots
	1990	Chip Beck	Buick Open	8 shots
	1998	Scott Simpson	Buick Invitational	8 shots
	2003	Craig Stadler	BC Open	8 Shots

Clemson Alumni PGA Tour Victories
	Year	Player	Tournament	Score	Victory Margin	
	1991	Dillard Pruitt	Chattanooga Classic	260 (-20)	2 over Lance Ten Broeck
	1996	Clarence Rose	Spring International	31 Points	Playoff over Brad Faxon
	2002	Jonathan Byrd	Buick Challenge	261 (-27)	1 over David Toms
	2004	Jonathan Byrd	BC Open	268 (-20)	1 over Ted Purdy
	2005	Lucas Glover	Funai Open	265 (-23)	1 over Tom Pernice
	2006	D.J. Trahan	Southern Farm 	275 (-13)	Playoff vs. Joe Durant
	2007	Jonathan Byrd	John Deere	266 (-18)	1 over Tim Clark
	2008	D.J. Trahan	Bob Hope Chrysler	334 (-26)	3 over Justin Leonard
	2009	Lucas Glover	US Open	276 (-4)	2 over Barnes, Duval, Michelson
	2010	Jonathan Byrd	Justin Timberlake	263 (-21)	playoff over Laird, Percy
	2011	Jonathan Byrd	Hyundai Classic	260 (-24)	playoff over Robert Garrigus
	2011	Lucas Glover	Wells Fargo	273 (-15)	Playoff over Jonathan Byrd
	2012	Kyle Stanley	Waste Management	269 (-15)	1 over Ben Crane
	
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