Stanley has 'the best feeling ever' after TOUR win
Though he's a budding star on TOUR, Kyle Stanley was able to fly under the radar Monday on his trip out of Phoenix.
At Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Monday, Kyle Stanley may as well have been a kid right out of college headed back to Bozeman, Mont., to his part-time job as a snowboard instructor.
There was no fanfare waiting at the gate after his black sharpie cleared security. No head turns, no babies to kiss. There was no congratulatory fist-bump offered from the suit seated next to him in first class, nor a champagne toast made by the flight attendant to the "Comeback Kid" in 2D.
"One guy at security asked 'Hey, aren't you that Kyle guy," Kyle Stanley said. "I said 'Yeah,' and he goes 'Hey man, so sorry about that last hole two weeks ago." To that, Stanley said "It's ok. Thanks." OK, indeed.
As for the guy in 2C? "Man, he didn't say a word to me the whole flight."
Too bad. Turns out, the man in the suit was sitting next to the newest winner on the PGA TOUR.
Following a disastrous, final-round collapse at the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks ago, where he let the tournament slip from his grasp despite a three-stroke lead with a single hole to play, Stanley quietly barreled from eight strokes back on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to claim his first PGA TOUR win, the lead in the race for the FedExCup, the $1.098 million first-place prize -- and enough confidence to push a cruise ship from coast-to-coast across land.
From the New York Times to a shared USA TODAY sports page cover story, albeit a short one, with the Super Bowl champion Giants, the "Comeback Kid" was everywhere.
"That's very cool," he said. "San Diego probably put me on the map more for losing than if it would've had I won. So, it was nice to continue the good play yesterday and get the W. That is very rewarding."