by Jeff Skinner
For anyone doubting the existence of the Golf Gods just take a look at Kyle Stanley. Last week Stanley collapsed over the finishing holes to hand the win to Brandt Snedeker and this week the tables were turned.
Final round leader Spencer Levin spent the back nine at the Waste Management Phoenix Open among the cactus, taking drops form the water and handing the tournament to Stanley. Levin had started the day with a six shot lead and extended it to seven strokes after his first hole. Unfortunately, he couldn’t muster any type of game and struggled to a four over 75.
Stanley on the other hand played a bogey free round of six under 66 to overcome an eight shot deficit to reach the Promised Land and earn his first PGA Tour win.
“I really feel for him, experiencing that,” Stanley said about Levin. “You don’t want to wish that upon anybody. He’s a very good player. Way too good of a player to not bounce back or recover.”
“You go from a very low point to a high point,” Stanley said. “I’m not sure I expected to maybe recover this quickly. … I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind me. I think I did.”
Stanley had said that he had received an overwhelming amount of support this week from his family, fellow professionals and the fans. Now, its Levin’s turn to see if the Golf Gods will treat him as that did Stanley.