Snedeker’s comeback at Torrey Pines one for the ages


By Phil Dailey

Brandt Snedeker’s day at Torrey Pines was over. He just completed a 67 in his final round and was pleased to take home a second-place check.

But then Kyle Stanley had one of the worst holes of his life, going into the water and then three-putting on the 18th green at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Snedeker was just starting his media interviews after completing his final round, where he started by saying “I knew I needed to shoot something low and kind of got off to a little bit of a slow start,” Snedecker said. “But I just kind of was too far back. Kyle had too big a lead.”

And that’s when it started to go south for Stanley.

As Snedeker was talking about his final round, he was starting to see on the TVs in the media tent that he just might have to get back out there for a playoff.

Stanley, who had a four-shot lead heading into the final hole, shot an 8 on the final hole. Snedeker was back in the tournament as the two were set to start a playoff to determine the winner.

The two played the 18th hole to start the playoff where each made birdie. But on the second playoff hole — the par 3 No. 16 — Snedecker made par first, while Stanley was unable to get his 5-footer down in regulation.

“I’m kind of in shock right now,” said the 23-year-old Stanley after blowing his big lead and then losing in a playoff.

At the start of play Sunday, Snedeker was seven shots back of the lead. It marked the biggest comeback on the PGA Tour since Stuart Appleby came from seven down at the Greenbrier Classic in 2010.

“I went through a whole range of emotions over the last two days let alone in the last hour and half,” the 31-year-old Snedecker said.

The win for Snedecker was his third on the PGA Tour. He has now finished in the top 10 at the Torrey Pines event the past three years.

“I’m just floored right now,” Snedeker said after winning.” I had no idea I was going to be in the room right now for a second time. I am so excited.”