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Stanley ends drought at QLN

Monday, July 3, 2017

Quicken Loans National

Potomac, MD


Beginning the final round four shots back, World No. 94 Kyle Stanley styled a 4-under-par 33-33=66 to match playing competitor Charles Howell III on 7-under 273, and then defeated him with an up-and-down par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to win the Quicken Loans National.


This was the 11th playing of the Quicken Loans and first at an extremely challenging TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.  


7,109 yards; par 70 (35-35)


Field Scoring Average:


R1: 71.203

R2: 72.353

R3: 71.473

R4: 70.446


Total: 71.458



Stanley and Howell III posted 12.476 Strokes Gained: Total



The QLN was the 32nd non-team non-Match Play event of the season and just the second with a single-digit under-par winning score (9-under 279, Masters, won by Sergio Garcia via playoff over Justin Rose).


Stanley was the only player to shoot par or better in all four rounds.



Stanley's Position by Round:


R1: T32

R2: T23 

R3: T7 

R4: T1


Interesting notes: Stanley and Howell III were tied after Rounds 2, 3 and 4.


Also, Stanley was 10 shots back of leader David Lingmerth after 36 holes, representing the largest 36-hole deficit overcome by an eventual winner this season. Brendan Steele was nine back at the Safeway Open.



Final Leaderboard:


P1- Kyle Stanley: 70-70-67-66 (-7)

P2- Charles Howell III: 71-69-67-66 (-7)

T3- Rickie Fowler: 70-72-68-65 (-5)

T3- Martin Laird: 67-72-69-67 (-5)

T5- Ben Martin: 68-73-70-65 (-4)

T5- Marc Leishman: 66-72-72-66 (-4)

T5- Keegan Bradley: 71-68-70-67 (-4)

T5- Johnson Wagner: 66-71-71-68 (-4)

T5- Sung Kang: 66-69-71-70 (-4)

T5- Spencer Levin: 70-70-65-71 (-4)

T5- Curtis Luck: 68-71-67-70 (-4); career best

T5- David Lingmerth: 65-65-73-73 (-4) *


*: Lingmerth, who led outright after each of the first three rounds, was the 15th player this season to hold a one-shot lead thru 54 holes and the 12th that was unable to convert. The three that have: Mackenzie Hughes (RSM); Kevin Chappell (VTO); Jordan Spieth (Travelers).



Stanley, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, claims a second PGA TOUR title in 179 career events (175 pro), and second in come-from-behind fashion.


He improves his record in sudden death to 1 win, 1 loss.


The one “L” came at the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open, where the Clemson product led/co-led after each of the first three rounds, including a still-career-best 10-under 62 in Round 1, and led by five thru 54 holes.


He closed in 2-over 74, lowlighted by triple bogey-8 on the 72nd hole, eventually losing to Brandt Snedeker on the second playoff hole.


One week later, Stanley rebounded to win his first TOUR title at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, erasing an eight-shot deficit with 6-under 65 to beat Ben Crane by one.


That breakthrough win came in his 44th career event, 135 starts ago, and in his second year on TOUR.



How He Won on Sunday:



After opening in 70-70-67, the 29-year-old began T7 on 3-under, trailing 54-hole leader Lingmerth by four.


Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome with Howell III, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation (GIR), posting 3.544 SG: Tee-to-Green.


The Gig Harbor, Washington, native bogeyed the par-4 first, but then played his final 17 in blemish-free 5-under, circling Nos. 5, 6, 8, 10 and 14, all from inside of 11 feet.



Stanley’s Round 4 stats (rank):


SG: Off-the-Tee: 1.677 (5th)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 1.795 (14th)

SG: Around-the-Green: 0.073 (34th)

SG: Putting: 0.902 (23rd)

SG: Total: 4.446 (T4)

Putts: 30 (T41)



In extra time, he and Howell III both missed the fairway and the GIR, with Stanley knocking in the par-saver from 4’10”, while Howell III missed his from 10’11”. Ironically, CH3 is the season-leader in scrambling at 66.14 percent.


Stanley earns a two-year exemption on TOUR and invites to the 2017 Open Championship, PGA Championship and WGC-Bridgestone, and the 2018 SBS Tournament of Champions, Masters and THE PLAYERS.


His last major championship appearance was a missed cut at the 2013 PGA.


With a Strength of Field rating of 229 (up from 217 last year), Stanley banks 42.00 world-ranking points and leaps 36 places to 58th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). His career high is 47th after the 2012 Houston Open.


He collects 500 FedExCup (FEC) points for the victory and jumps 24 spots to 14th in the FEC standings. His career high is 1st after the 2012 Puerto Rico Open.


This was Stanley’s fifth QLN and second top 25 (T22/2012), and his ninth top 25 of the season in 20 starts.


It's his fifth top 10, eclipsing a previous-best T4 at THE PLAYERS, where he co-led after 36 and 54 holes, respectively, before closing in 3-over 75.


Stanley’s previous three starts on TOUR: T57 last week (Travelers); T27 (FedEx St. Jude); T6 (Memorial).


He is the EIGHTH straight winner on TOUR that checked in off a T35 or worse in their previous start.


The last winner to record a top 10 on TOUR prior to their respective win was Kevin Chappell at the Valero Texas Open (T7, Masters), 10 tournaments ago.


Chappell was also the most recent first-time TOUR winner, while six of the last nine have been second-time winners, including Stanley.



Stanley’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 74 players):


Birdies: 16 (T6)

Bogeys: 7 (T2)

Double Bogeys: 1 (T14)


Par-3 Scoring: 2.88 (T5)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.96 (T8)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.63 (T10)


Driving Distance (all drives): 289.0 yards (T20)

Driving Accuracy: 40/56 (T3) at 71.43 percent

GIR: 55/72 (1st) at 76.39 percent

Proximity to hole: 31’10” (6th)

Putts per GIR: 1.745 (26th)

Total Putts: 120 (T60)

Putts by Round: 29-29-32-30

Scrambling: 9/17 (46th) at 52.94 percent


SG: Off-the-Tee: 5.868 (1st)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 6.795 (4th)

SG: Around-the-Green: 0.917 (32nd)

SG: Putting: -1.104 (52nd) *

SG: Tee-to-Green: 13.579 (1st)



*: Stanley is just the second winner this season to finish with a negative in SG: Putting (Jason Dufner: -0.368, Memorial)




Charles Howell III: Playing his first event in 11 weeks (T56, RBC Heritage), the World No. 70 twirled a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round to match playing competitor Stanley, and then lost on the first playoff hole, dropping to 1-4 in sudden death.


Had he won, it would’ve been his third TOUR title in 490 career events (488 pro), first since a come-from-behind win at the 2007 Nissan Open 294 starts ago.


The 38-year-old settles for a 16th career runner-up, second this season in 16 starts (T2, Farmers).


He’s played in all 11 QLN’s and this is his second top 10 (T3/2011). Incidentally, the Oklahoma State product also finished runner-up at the 2004 Booz Allen Classic, which was held here when the venue was merely called TPC Avenel.


After opening with 71-69-67, he began T7, tied with Stanley.


Playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, CH3 landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 GIR, silencing a lone bogey-5 at five with birdies at Nos. 1, 8 and 10 (all from inside of six feet), adding eagle-2 at the drivable par-4 14th from 27'4".



CH3’s Round 4 stats (rank):


SG: Off-the-Tee: 1.952 (2nd)

SG: Approach-the-Green: 0.560 (T34)

SG: Around-the-Green: 0.144 (33rd)

SG: Putting: 1.791 (13th)

SG: Total: 4.446 (T4)

Putts: 28 (T17)


The Augusta, Georgia, native bumps 15 spots to 55th in OWGR and 15 places to 18th in the FEC standings, and also garners an invite to The Open in three weeks, which will be his first major since T65 at the 2015 PGA.



Season Comparison:



Howell III (age 38):


16 starts

15 made cuts

9 top 25s

5 top 10s

2 top 5s



Stanley (age 29):


20 starts

17 made cuts

9 top 25s

5 top 10s

2 top 5s





A total of 74 pros from a field of 120 pros made the 36-hole cut of 4-OVER 144:


33 (of 58) EARLY/late; 2 WDs


41 (of 58) LATE/early; 2 WDs



12 players finished in the top 10 with SEVEN of those EARLY/late, BUT, the CHAMPION and runner-up came from the other side (for a second straight week)



EARLY/late: Rickie Fowler (T3), Martin Laird (T3), Marc Leishman (T5), Johnson Wagner (T5), Sung Kang (T5), Spencer Levin (T5), Curtis Luck (T5)


LATE/early: Kyle Stanley (P1), Charles Howell III (P2), Ben Martin (T5), Keegan Bradley (T5), David Lingmerth (T5)



23 tourneys this season with a traditional draw:





EARLY/late: 16 (69.5%)


LATE/early: 7




Yahoo! Low Rounds:


R1: David Lingmerth (65)

R2: David Lingmerth, Geoff Ogilvy (65)

R3: Spencer Levin (65)

R4: Nick Watney (64)



Bogey-free Rounds:


R1: Troy Merritt (66), Marc Leishman (66), Russell Henley (67), Jason Gore (69)

R2: David Lingmerth (65)

R3: Patrick Rodgers (66)

R4: Russell Henley (67), Johnson Wagner (68)



Leader/co-leaders by Round:


R1: David Lingmerth. Drops to 0-for-2 as 18-hole leader/co-leader


R2: David Lingmerth: Drops to 1-for-2  


R3: David Lingmerth: Drops to 0-for-2




Field Breakdown:



11 of the Top 50 in OWGR were in the field


2 finished in the top 10:


No. 9 Rickie Fowler (T3); top-ranked and pre-tourney fave outright

No. 35 Marc Leishman (T5)



Other top-10 finishers:


No. 94 Kyle Stanley (P1)

No. 70 Charles Howell III (P2)

No. 111 Martin Laird (T3); season best

No. 233 Ben Martin (T5); season best

No. 101 Keegan Bradley (T5)

No. 275 Johnson Wagner (T5)

No. 87 Sung Kang (T5)

No. 369 Spencer Levin (T5); season best

No. 410 Curtis Luck (T5); career best

No. 99 David Lingmerth (T5); season best



Average world ranking of top-10 finishers: 158th

Average world ranking field: 249  



First-timers and/or Rookies:



First-timers: 19

Top-10 finishes: 1



Curtis Luck: Making his tournament debut, the World No. 410 carved out an even-par 35-35=70 in the final round to post 4-under 276, down one spot to a career-best T5, three shy of the playoff.


In the field as the 2016 U.S. Amateur champ, he was making his eighth career TOUR start, sixth as a pro, all this season.


The 20-year-old’s previous best was T34 at the DEAN & DELUCA three starts ago on a sponsor exemption.


After opening in 68-71-67, he began T4, three back.


Playing out of the penultimate twosome, the Aussie hit eight (of 14) fairways and 13 GIR, posting 0.850 SG: Tee-to-Green though -0.404 SG: Putting.


After an opening bogey, he circled Nos. 2, 4 and 5, AND found himself alone at the top of the leaderboard.


Luck stalled out from there, overshadowing a final birdie at 10 with bogeys at 8, 9 and 11, finishing with seven straight pars.


He vaults 103 spots to a career-high 307th in OWGR and his top-10 finish gets him an exemption into this coming week’s Greenbrier Classic.



TOUR Rookies: 14

Top-10 finishes: NONE


Xander Schauffele: Making his tourney debut, the World No. 162 was top rookie with T35 on 2-over 282 (71-73-70-68).


It’s the third time this season in 20 starts that he’s taken top-rookie honors (T24, Wells Fargo; T5, U.S. Open). The 23-year-old has made 13 cuts, including five straight.




Season Stats:



Consecutive top 10s on TOUR:



Rickie Fowler (T3-T5)

Keegan Bradley (T5-T8)

Charley Hoffman (T3-8th)



Consecutive top-10 streaks ended:



David Hearn (73-T8-T10)



Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:



Justin Thomas (8 in 18 events)

Jordan Spieth (7 in 16 events)

Rickie Fowler (7 in 14)

Jon Rahm (7 in 16)

Brian Harman (6 in 22)

Dustin Johnson (6 in 12)

Kevin Kisner (6 in 18)

Hideki Matsuyama (5 in 15)

Daniel Berger (5 in 18)

Keegan Bradley (5 in 22)

Bud Cauley (5 in 22)

Charley Hoffman (5 in 22)

Brooks Koepka (5 in 17)

Charles Howell III (5 in 16)

Martin Laird (5 in 19)

Paul Casey (5 in 17)

Graham DeLaet (5 in 19)

Kyle Stanley (5 in 20)

Pat Perez (5 in 19)



20 winners were in their 20s; four straight (Stanley: 29)

11 were in their 30s

4 were in their 40s



17 winners had at least one week off prior to their respective wins (Stanley, T57 last week).


13 winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (none since Chappell went T7, Masters and 1st, VTO)


4 had a missed cut (Mackenzie Hughes, Si Woo Kim, Billy Horschel (x4), and Jason Dufner)



20 of the 32 winners (minus Match Play and team-Zurich) have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday. Stanley was in the fourth-to-last twosome.




Updated Top 10 in OWGR (this week’s finish):



1. Dustin Johnson (idle)

2. Hideki Matsuyama (idle)

3. Jordan Spieth (idle)

4. Rory McIlroy (idle)

5. Sergio Garcia (idle); UP one

6. Jason Day (idle); DOWN one

7. Henrik Stenson (idle)

8. Alex Noren (T10 on Euro Tour)

9. Rickie Fowler (T3)

10. Brooks Koepka (idle)



Updated Top 10 in FedExCup standings (points):



1. Dustin Johnson (2,270)

2. Hideki Matsuyama (2,145)

3. Justin Thomas (2,060)

4. Jordan Spieth (1,979)

5. Jon Rahm (1,708)

6. Rickie Fowler (1,592); UP three

7. Brooks Koepka (1,534); DOWN one

8. Kevin Kisner (1,458); DOWN one

9. Daniel Berger (1,450); DOWN one

10. Pat Perez (1,426)



Up Next:


The TOUR heads to White Sulphur Springs, WV, for the seventh playing of The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC (7,286 yards; par 70).


With the tourney cancelled in 2016 (flooding), Danny Lee is the defending champion, winning the 2015 edition in a playoff over David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb.


The South Korean-born New Zealander came from one back with 3-under 67 and then defeated Hearn with par on the third playoff hole for his first (and lone) TOUR win in his 98th career start.


Stay tuned to this space for all the latest player news and analysis as the TOUR readies for its 35th tournament of the season (of 47).












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