Snedeker stuns Stanley in playoff

Brandt Snedeker holds up his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Farmers Open in San Diego...

Brandt Snedeker holds up his trophy on the 18th green after winning the Farmers Open in San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Denis Poroy)

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LA JOLLA, CALIF. - Brandt Snedeker stunned Kyle Stanley with a par on the second playoff hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday.

Snedeker fired a five-under 67 to finish at 16-under-par 272. He seemingly was headed to a runner-up finish.

However, Stanley spun his third shot to the par-five 18th back into the water and that led to a triple-bogey, which closed a round of two-over 74. Stanley lost his three-stroke lead, and now faced extra holes with Snedeker.

The duo returned to the par-five 18th for the first playoff hole. Snedeker laid up out of a fairway bunker, then knocked his third to three feet.

Stanley found the fairway off the tee and hit his second over the green. He chipped his third to within inches of Snedeker's mark.

Both players rolled in their birdie putts on the 18th, then headed to the par- three 16th on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

Stanley, playing first, hit his tee ball to 47 feet. Snedeker blasted his tee ball over the green and was saved from a hazard as his ball hit the television tower behind the putting surface.

Snedeker took a drop away from the tower before chipping to four feet. Stanley left his birdie putt about four feet short.

After a measurement determined Snedeker was away, he sank his par putt. Stanley missed his par effort to give Snedeker his third PGA Tour title.

"I played good all week," Stanley said in a televised interview. "I'm kind of in shock though."

Snedeker was eight strokes back early in the final round, but forged a stellar rally. He also had the biggest comeback win in 2011 as he erased a six-stroke deficit at The Heritage.

"It's just crazy. I was literally in the media tent watching Kyle on 18, and I had to get up and go to the putting green," Snedeker said on television.

"To get my mind around what just happened in the last 30 minutes is pretty hard to do. I'm shaking right now I'm so excited. My heart goes out to Kyle because he really played great all week. I feel bad for him to have to go through this, but he'll be better for it, and hopefully win here pretty quick to get over this one."

John Rollins managed a one-under 71 Sunday to take third place at 14-under-par 274. Bill Haas (72) and Cameron Tringale (71) shared fourth at minus-12.

Hunter Mahan closed with a three-under 69 to end alongside John Huh (74) in sixth place at 11-under-par 277.

Stanley made the turn with a six-shot lead, but stumbled to bogeys on the 11th and 12th. Couple those bogeys with Snedeker's birdie on the par-five 13th, and Stanley's lead was down to three strokes.

The 24-year-old Stanley parred his next five holes. That run included several key par-saving putts, including a 13-footer on the 14th.

Snedeker stumbled to a bogey at the 17th, but rolled in an 11-foot birdie putt on the 18th to get in at minus-16.

Stanley was three clear on the 18th tee and his tee shot found the first cut. He laid up short with his second, then disaster struck. His third shot bounced pin high, but spun back off the front of the green and into the pond fronting the putting surface.

After taking a drop, Stanley's fifth stopped 43 feet past the cup. He lagged his bogey effort within four feet, but failed to convert that putt and it was off to a playoff.

Stanley led the John Deere Classic late in the final round last year, but he bogeyed the 18th to finish second to Steve Stricker, who birdied the final two holes.

NOTES: Snedeker, who earned $1.08 million for the win, matched the low round of the day with his 67...Bubba Watson, the 2011 champion, posted a one-under 71 to share 13th place at minus-nine...Mark Wilson, who won the Humana Challenge last week, will defend his title next week at the Phoenix Open.


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