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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 6:15 pm

If you follow golf you know what happened to Kyle Stanley at last week's Famer's Insurance Open at San Diego's Torrey Pines Golf Course.

If you don't follow golf, he had a three-shot lead going into the final hole of the tournament only to make triple bogey and lose in a playoff to Brandt Snedeker.

Less than one week later Stanley is back on the top half of another PGA Tour leaderboard. At 9-under-par through three rounds he is tied for fifth place. He's been steady all week with rounds of 69, 66 and 69. Now he's poised for his second top-five finish in two weeks.

When asked about what happened last week he acted like he didn't know what happened. Just his way of trying to put the past behind him. "You have to stay neutral out here. You can't get too high or too low," Stanley said.

The 16th hole

Call it a new low or a new high for the famed par-3 16th hole. Ben Crane and Bubba Watson grabbed a microphone and actually broke into song for the gallery. The duo has made both music and music videos before with Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, but they put a plan together to serenade the crowd since they were playing together on Saturday.

"He actually came to me this morning when I showed up and talked about doing it because we didn't know we were going to be playing together," Watson said.

Crane even packed what looks like a motorcycle helmet and goggles in his golf bag for the performance. You can see the complete video the foursome did for charity at Bencranegolf.com. The name of the group is the Golf Boys and the song title is "Oh, Oh, Oh."

H20 or Water

Webb Simpson is the closest pursuer of Levin, but he is still six shots back with 18 holes to play. He'd be closer if not for an unfortunate bogey on the 17th hole.

His drive was to the right of the green on the drivable par 4 and he had a difficult chip shot to a back pin placement if he wanted a short birdie putt.

Simpson thought he had hit a good chip. But it kept rolling and rolling and rolling and eventually went off the green, down the shaved bank and into the water hazard.

"I thought if I landed it on top it would be perfect and as soon as I hit it I thought it was perfect," Simpson said. "I never even thought it might go in the water and it kept going and kept going. It's just a bummer."

So the question was: Was it unfair?

"A drivable par 4? It's fair for them to have a tough pin," Simpson said. "I just think late in the day it's going to be a lot quicker back there. I hit that chip and thought I knew it, but it was extra quick today."

Records predictibly broken

Thanks to the field and weather, it was a record-setting day in terms of the crowd. The host-Thunderbirds announced a record 173,210 fans attended Saturday's third round. With one day left in the tournament a total of 459,815 people have attended the tournament.

 

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