SILVIS, Ill. – Kyle Stanley believes his gut-wrenching loss in last year’s John Deere Classic set up his breakthrough success this year.
Stanley lost a chance for his first PGA Tour victory when he bogeyed the 72nd hole of this event and then watched Steve Stricker follow him with a birdie. It was Stricker’s third straight John Deere Classic victory. Stanley’s back for more this year.
“Finishing second last year kind of spring boarded me into what I’m doing now,” said Stanley. “It was really my first time in contention.:”
After a collapse at the Farmers Insurance Open early this year, Stanley rebounded the next week to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He said that disappointment of losing there also led to his greater success.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt so loved by so many people,” Stanley said. “It was great. It brought me closer to my family, brought me closer to some of my friends. A lot of people made sure I never got too down. It was really a difference maker.”