• Farmers Insurance Open, Round Four

Snedeker stuns stumbling Stanley in play-off

ESPN staff
January 29, 2012
Brandt Snedeker claimed an unlikely win © Getty Images


Brandt Snedeker capitalised on a string of errors in the final round from Kyle Stanley to steal away the Farmers Insurance Open title in California.

At one stage on the final day Stanley led by seven strokes, as he appeared to be cruising to victory. However, Stanley dropped five shots on the back nine, including a triple-bogey at the 18th, to send he and Snedeker into a play-off.

Snedeker, meanwhile, fired six birdies in the final round to finish alongside Stanley at 16-under. The 31-year-old then held his nerve the better of the pair during the two sudden-death holes, as both claimed birdies on the 18th before Snedeker holed a five-foot par putt at 16 before Stanley lipped out from a similar range.

Celebrating his third win on the PGA Tour, Snedeker was understandably delighted by the unlikely victory.

''It's just crazy,'' he said. ''I am so excited but my heart goes out to Kyle, I feel badly for him.''

John Rollins led the chasing pack to end the tournament in outright third place on 14-under. Bill Haas and Cameron Tringale rounded out the top five as they each finished 12-under the card.

England's Justin Rose shot a disappointing one-over 73 on Sunday to wind up six-under for the event, while compatriots Gary Christian and Greg Owen also had fourth rounds to forget to end up one-over and three-over respectively.

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