Born: November 18, 1987
Birthplace: Gig Harbor, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in
College: Clemson University
Turned Pro: 2009
Kyle Stanley was a standout collegiate golfer at Clemson University. Stanley was a two-time All American, an ACC Player of the Year and holder of 18 school scoring records. Stanley also represented the United States at the 2007 Walker Cup. Stanley capped off his career by winning the 2008 Southern Amateur.
Stanley turned professional in 2009 and earned his PGA Tour card at qualifying school in late 2010. Stanley came out of the blocks hot, earning 4 top ten finishes in his rookie season. He also qualified for the Open Championship, his first Major, making the cut and finishing in 44th place.
Stanley continued to progress in 2012, his second season on tour – experiencing the highs and lows of a tour player. Stanley made a disastrous triple bogey on the 72nd hole of the Famers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines before losing in a playoff to Brent Snedeker. Stanley began the day with a six-shot lead.
Amazingly, Stanley bounced back winning just a week later, overcoming an 8-shot deficit at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with a final round 65.
Stanley’s momentum carried into the WGC-Match Play Championship. He made it to the quarter-finals and for the first time moved into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ratings.
Stanley’s performance began to slide in 2013, but he still made over $1.4 million and easily retained his card. Unfortunately, that downward slide continued in 2014. Stanley made just 16 of 28 cuts and failed to retain his card.
Stanley has played a combination of Web.com and PGA events in 2015. He’s made the cut in 5 of his 9 PGA Tour starts, but hasn’t recorded a single top ten.
Stanley’s biggest issue has been problems on the greens – Stanley ranked 176th in strokes gained putting during the 2013-2014 PGA seasons.