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Snedeker steals one at Torrey Pines

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By Zak Kozuchowski

GolfWRX Managing Editor

Brandt Snedeker thought he was done for the day.

His final round 67 got him to 16-under at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he thought he was too far back of Kyle Stanley for his score to mean anything. He didn’t know that Stanley would suffer the worst 72nd hole collapse since Robert Garrigus’ triple bogey meltdown at since the 2010 St. Jude Classic.

Garrigus went on to lose in a playoff. So did Stanley.

No one could have predicted Stanley’s fate on the 72nd hole, not even after his third shot from 76 yards spun back into No. 18’s famous water hazard. Stanley still had three shots to spare after taking his drop, but he sent his fifth too far, into three putt territory on the back of the 18th green. He left his first putt short, giving him a nervy putt just inside four feet for victory. He pulled it left, a shock to everyone who had watched Stanley so calmly claim a lead that was as many as seven shots in the final round. He made a triple bogey 8 to fall to 16-under with Snedeker, setting up a playoff.

Stanley recovered on the first playoff hole, hitting two perfect shots on No. 18 — a huge drive and a nicely struck fade with his three wood that positioned him just off the back of the green. Snedeker, on the other hand, pulled his drive into a left fairway bunker on the first playoff hole. But the three-time PGA Tour winner laid up to a comfortable yardage and shoved a wedge to four feet, giving him a short range birdie try.

Stanley then played a shot not typical of a player trying to win for the first time on Tour, a beautiful downhill chip that settled just inside Snedeker’s ball. Both would make their putts to continue the playoff.

Stanley hit another good shot on the second playoff hole, No. 16, an iron that settled 20 feet below the hole on the par 3. Snedeker carried his tee shot over the green, but caught a break when his ball struck a media tower, keeping it from bounding into a water hazard behind the green. The 31-year-old lobbed his ball to just inside 6 feet, which meant once again Stanley had a putt for the win.

But Stanley’s approach putt never had a chance, stopping just over 5 feet away from the hole. Snedeker, one of the Tour’s best putters, drilled his putt into the the center of the hole. Stanley struck his parr put toward the hole’s right edge, which is where it stayed, giving Snedeker, who had surgery in the off season to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, his fourth win on Tour.

With the win, Snedeker earned $1,044,000, and 500 FedExCup points.

John Rollins finished in solo third place at 14-under, two back of the leaders. 2011 FedExCup champion Bill Haas and Cameron Tringale finished tied for fourth place at 12-under. Defending Farmers Insurance Open champion finished with a group of players a 9-under, tying for 13th place.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Valero Texas Open

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In yesterday’s edition of “Interesting Photos” from the Valero Texas Open, we brought you giant cowboy boots. Unfortunately, we don’t have any further gargantuan footwear for your perusal today.

We do, however, have some singular sightings and cool in-hand shots as the gents prepare to take on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Check ’em out below.

Gotta love Chris Stroud’s “Houston Strong” stamping

New Bettinardi putter-covering devices

Fourteen’s new woods feature some seriously shallow faces

Better put that club on ice!

Watch where you’re putting that thing! Probably not a good time to mention this looks like a drill to avoid rocking toward the ball (aka humping it) during the swing…

Some pretty sweet Circle T bag tags. Is the bag for tour use only, or just the tag? Hmm.

Trying the old backwards shot, it looks like

Geoff Ogilvy’s drool-worthy early run Scotty Cameron Napa

Fine-looking Piretti sole

And finally, “Flow Goals: Kevin Na Edition”

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