Tag:Spencer Levin
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:21 pm

Honda cherry on top of great start to '12 season

Tiger Woods reacts to his eagle on the 18th green at the Honda Classic. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

The 2012 PGA Tour season has been absolutely nutty good, and we haven’t even had the first major yet. But how good? Check out some of the finishes we’ve had in just 10 events.

  • Farmers Insurance Open: Maybe not exactly the way you’d want to win, but the Kyle Stanley collapse at Torrey Pines is definitely a moment you won’t soon forget, and gave us our first “Is this really happening” moment of 2012. Brandt Snedeker’s reaction and eventual win will be forgotten here much like Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie, but is paved the way for collapses early in the season.
  • Waste Management Open: This one was great for so many reasons. You had Stanley bouncing back to win a week after the collapse you read about above. You had Spencer Levin leading by six shots heading into the final round and by seven shots after his first hole on Sunday only to fall apart. Oh, and you had the biggest crowd in the history of the TPC Scottsdale event. 
  • AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Probably the one you’ll remember out of all the ’12 events so far, with Phil Mickelson coming back against Tiger Woods with that sizzling 64. 
  • Northern Trust Open: Just the fourth tournament in a row that had scream-at-your-TV moments. Bill Haas was the eventual winner, but the birdie putts Mickelson and Keegan Bradley made back-to-back to join Haas in the playoff were so incredible it made this guy do whatever the heck that is.
  • Mayakoba Golf Classic: It went up against the Accenture so not as many people noticed, but a rookie named John Huh won in an eight hole playoff. 
  • The Honda Classic: You already know, but Tiger posting a 62 on Sunday was only the second coolest thing that happened just behind Rory McIlroy simultaneously winning his first PGA Tour event of the year and becoming world number one for the first time in his young career. 
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Posted on: March 3, 2011 3:03 pm

Levin lovin' winds for second straight week

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla . -- Spencer Levin is an Iron Man.

No, that's not an endorsement plug for a new line of metal clubs or another comic-book action movie. It's the reality of his scheduling this season, which is reminiscent of Vijay Singh at the height of his warhose powers.

Levin shot a 3-under 67 on Thursday at the Honda Classic to take the lead in the morning wave, which is remarkable considering the long, slow march he's been on this season. He hasn't missed a event in eight weeks starting at the Sony Open, which means he's been to Hawaii, California, Arizona, back to California, then last week to Mexico before heading north for the Florida Swing.

After losing in a playoff last week at the Mayakoba Golf Classic near Cancun, the third-year player is positioned to extend the streak by another week. If he finishes in the top five, he'll earn enough FedEx Cup points to crack the field next week at the World Golf Championships event at Doral outside Miami.

The 26-year-old has finished in the top  12 at three straight starts and ranks 13th in earnings after winning $1.2 million last year. Losing on the first hole of a playoff last week was another step in a pretty steady ascent for the dimunitive Californian. He was ready to handle the rigors of the day. Two years ago as a rookie, that might not have been the case.

"I think you just have to be prepared to know that you're going to have to get a few balls up and down, that's kind of the way it is, no matter how you play," Levin said. "And you get kind of in a par mode really where you just have to kind of take what the course gives you.

"If you hit a good drive, you don't want to get too cute and try to go at a pin that you might shouldn't and then make a bogey because you know pars are going to be a good score. It's more of just a mind set of, try not to make a double and you know you're going to have to get a few balls up and down here today."

If thre lead stands at the end of the day, it will mark the third time Levin has held the overnight lead on Thursday, including at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera last month, where he eventually finished T12.

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