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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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Lexi Thompson signs multi-year endorsement deal to play Bridgestone ball

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Lexi Thompson, who currently plays Bridgestone’s Tour B X ball, will now do so in an official capacity. The company announced today it inked the 22-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The eight-time LPGA Tour winner had been playing Bridgestone’s B330-S for the past two seasons.

“I’ve used Bridgestone for years and the new Tour B product is shockingly good,” said Thompson. “It gives me tremendous distance off the tee without sacrificing any performance around the green. What’s more, I feel confident hitting any type of shot the situation calls for.”

“When I’m testing a golf ball, I look for three things – distance, accuracy and feel,” said Thompson. “For me, the new Tour B delivered in spades. I’ve never played anything that has responded so positively to any situation the golf course throws at me.”

Bridgestone’s Tour B Series includes four models–X, XS, RX and RXS (each $44.99). The company leveraged data from more than three million consumer ball fittings, as well as third-party insights and Bridgestone’s own resources, to create the four-ball lineup.

RELATED: Bridgestone’s Tour B balls were designed with the player in mind

Bridgestone’s professional staff includes, among others, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Matt Kuchar, Fred Couples, and Bryson DeChambeau.

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Sergio Garcia WITB 2018 (with commentary from Sergio)

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This special-edition of Sergio Garcia’s WITB includes commentary about his clubs from a podcast he recently did with Callaway, Garcia’s new equipment sponsor. Below are the clubs he is using in Singapore this week.

Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage Dual Core 70TX
Sergio says: “This new driver feels really, really good. I love the ball flight. I can hit it both ways, left to right, or right to left. And I’ve been driving it quite well. So that gives me even more confidence.”

3 Wood: Callaway Rogue 3+ (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

5 Wood: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 80TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 16 (3-4 iron), Callaway Apex MB 18 (5-9 iron)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4 (48-10, 54-10 and 58-08)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 130x
Sergio says: “I loved the wedges right away. They feel so much better for me. I got a lot more spin and different ball trajectories. And because I get more spin, I can be more aggressive with my chipping.”

Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea

Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Sergio says: “My golf ball feels really nice. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It was important for me to make sure I liked the golf ball (when I came to Callaway)… It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway.”

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Sergio’s switch to Callaway in our forums

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West (7,113 yards, par 72) in La Quinta, California.

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The field this week is headlined by Jon Rahm, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings after his second-place finish at the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Joining him in the field are notables John Daly, Brian Harman, last week’s Sony Open champion Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.

Defending-champion Hudson Swafford notched his first career victory at the 2017 CareerBuilders Challenge, where he won by one stroke over Adam Hadwin. He’ll be back in the field this year to defend his title.

Check out our photos from the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge below!

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