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Kyle Stanley (born November 19, 1987) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Kyle Stanley
Personal information
Full nameKyle Stanley
Born (1987-11-19) November 19, 1987 (age 31)
Gig Harbor, Washington
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceGig Harbor, Washington
Career
CollegeClemson University
Turned professional2009
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT21: 2019
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019
U.S. Open53rd: 2009
The Open ChampionshipT39: 2012, 2018
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Award2009

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Amateur careerEdit

Stanley was born in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was a 2002 graduate of St. Charles Borromeo elementary and middle school and a 2006 graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School (both Catholic schools located in Tacoma, Washington).

As a freshman at Clemson University, he established 18 individual scoring records. During his college career he has won the 2006 Aloha Purdue Collegiate and the 2008 Carpet Classic. He was named the ACC player of the year for the 2006-07 season. Stanley was named first-team All-America in 2007 and 2009 by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He was the Individual runner-up at the NCAA Championship in 2007 and 2009. He was a member of the 2007 American Walker Cup team. Stanley studied Sports Management while at Clemson. In 2009 he was given the Ben Hogan Award for best college golfer.

Professional careerEdit

Stanley turned professional after the 2009 U.S. Open and made his pro debut a week later at the Travelers Championship. Late in 2010, Stanley earned a 2011 PGA Tour card through Q-School where he finished in a tie for ninth. In his debut season on tour, he recorded four top-10 finishes, with the best of these coming at the John Deere Classic where he finished runner-up to Steve Stricker by a single stroke. The runner-up finish did however help Stanley secure the final available spot at the 2011 Open Championship.[1] It was his first ever appearance in an Open Championship and he made the cut to finish in a tie for 44th. He also made the third FedEx Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship, finishing tied for 10th, though that wasn't good enough to provide entrance to the final event of the year, The Tour Championship. He finished the 2011 season 55th on the PGA Tour money list and 148th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

2012: Torrey Pines collapse and Scottsdale comebackEdit

In January 2012, Stanley looking for his maiden win on the PGA Tour, surrendered a six-shot lead during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open. He started the day with a six stroke advantage over the rest of the field and at one stage during the final round extended this to seven strokes. As he approached the final hole, Stanley led by three strokes over Brandt Snedeker with just the par-five 18th to play. However, after laying up with his second shot, he spun his approach off the green and into the water hazard. After taking a penalty drop, he found the back edge of the green and three putted to record a triple-bogey eight on the final hole of regulation to result in a sudden-death playoff with Snedeker. After replaying the 18th and both making birdie, Snedeker won the tournament on the second playoff hole with a par after Stanley once again three putted the green.[2]

The following week, Stanley came back from eight shots behind 54 hole leader Spencer Levin at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale for his first PGA Tour win. Stanley shot a final round bogey-free 65 for a one stroke victory over Ben Crane. The eight shot comeback win was also tied for third in the largest final round comeback by a winner in PGA Tour history.[3]

Stanley briefly moved into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking by virtue of his quarter-finalist finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, peaking at 47.

2013–16Edit

Stanley had two third-places in 2013 which allowed him to finish 62nd on the PGA Tour's money list. In 2014 Stanley only had one top-ten and finished 148th on the PGA Tour's money list, and thereby lost his full-time PGA Tour status. In 2015 Stanley split his time on both the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour. He played well in the year-end Web.com Tour Final series to earn his PGA Tour card again for the 2015–16 season.

Stanley used the last tournament of the 2015–16 regular season, the Wyndham Championship, to move into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, however, after a tie for 74th at The Barclays, he was only 116th on the points list, 16 spots short of qualifying for the second round of the playoffs.

2017Edit

Throughout most of the 2016–17 season, Stanley was one of the best players on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, but his short-game and putting statistics were outside the top 100. Stanley had several strong performances during the season, including top-10 results in Las Vegas, Houston, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Dublin, Ohio (Columbus).

On July 2, Stanley defeated Charles Howell III on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Quicken Loans National at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. After Howell made bogey, Stanley made a 4-foot uphill par putt to secure his first championship in five years. His win in Maryland ensured his qualification for the Open Championship. It was Stanley's first appearance in a major since 2013. The win also qualified him for the PGA Championship and the 2018 Masters Tournament.

Amateur wins (8)Edit

Professional wins (2)Edit

PGA Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 5, 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open −15 (69-66-69-65=269) 1 stroke   Ben Crane
2 Jul 2, 2017 Quicken Loans National −7 (70-70-67-66=273) Playoff   Charles Howell III

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2012 Farmers Insurance Open   Brandt Snedeker Lost to par on second extra hole
2 2017 Quicken Loans National   Charles Howell III Won with par on first extra hole
3 2018 Memorial Tournament   An Byeong-hun,
  Bryson DeChambeau
DeChambeau won with birdie on second extra hole
Stanley eliminated with par on first hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT 52
U.S. Open CUT 53 CUT 73 CUT
The Open Championship T44 T39 CUT CUT T39
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T21
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open T65
The Open Championship T41
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 2 (twice, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T51 T25 T58
Match Play R32 QF T24
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T16 T41 2
HSBC Champions T65 T5 T22
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stanley secures Open debut". Sky Sports. July 11, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Disaster: Stanley loses playoff after triple-bogey on 18". USA Today. January 29, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kyle Stanley wins Waste Management Phoenix Open". USA Today. February 5, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.

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