has felt the pain of a crushing defeat. He had
a chance to win at Augusta National in 2008
but couldn’t get it done and finished in a tie for
third. His post-tournament press conference felt
much the same as did Kyle Stanley’s at Torrey
Pines. The tears flowed on both occasions.
“For anybody in that position, it’s a dev-
astating finish – never want to see anybody
go through that,” Snedeker said. “Kyle is an
unbelievable talent. The sky’s the limit for him.
I hope he’s not beating himself up too badly.”
Snedeker respectfully toned down his
victory celebration on the final green and said
to Stanley, “I’m sorry.”
“What a whole range of emotions I’ve gone
through the last hour-and-a-half,” said
Snedeker, who started the sudden-death
playoff believing he had the advantage because
he has been in that situation before.
J.B. Holmes, the PGA Tour’s reigning long-
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debut at the Farmers Insurance Open. It was his
first start since the PGA Championship in August.
On September 1, Holmes underwent brain
surgery. It was soon followed by a second.
“It feels like it’s been forever, but I’m just
happy to be back,” said Holmes, who missed
the cut with rounds of 76-69. “I’ve been work-
ing pretty hard the last few weeks. Just ready
to get back out here and get back into the com-
petitive tournament and just see how it goes.”
Holmes began experiencing vertigo-like
symptoms in May but continued to play and
posted three top- 10 finishes. The diagnosis
was Chiari malformations, structural defects
in the cerebellum. The only known treatment is
surgery and Holmes underwent the operation at
Johns Hopkins University. A second surgery was
necessary when some stitches became loose.
“After that, everything’s gone pretty much
according to plan,” said Holmes, who had a
titanium plate inserted in his skull.
“It’s scary at first. Talking to the
surgeon and stuff, he said for a brain
surgery, difficulty-wise, for him it was
only about a 1 out of 10. So that makes you feel
better. He said he had done 250, 300 of them. A
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Kyle Stanley (front) three-putted the second playoff
hole to hand Brandt Snedeker an unlikely victory.