Scott Stallings Stands Tall in San Diego
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/27/14


Scott Stallings is one of the genuine 'good guys' on the PGA Tour — not too full of himself and humble enough even to remember previous mistakes. Like last year, when he lost a five-shot at the PGA Tour's Coachella Valley stop, currently known as the Humana Challenge. His approach to the final hole wound up in the water and gave the tournament to Brian Gay.

This year at Torrey Pines, Stallings actually thought about that just before hitting his approach to the 72nd hole:
"I actually thought about 18 at Humana the whole time on 18 today. Not that I was like, 'Oh, don't hit it in the water.' But it was, 'Just make sure you pay attention to everything that's going on.'"
He did — and two-putted from 40 feet to seal his third PGA Tour victory on Sunday afternoon. Over the final 11 holes, Stallings canned six birdies, offseting three bogeys at the 4th, 10th, and 16th holes. This driving accuracy and distance were middle of the pack, but his iron play was the star on Sunday.

And this year, it was a different player lamenting to the gathered press that he felt he 'gave one away' — Gary Woodland, who finished T-10, three shots back.

The other interesting element that stands out on the final leaderboard is who finished near the top — and who didn't. Phil Mickelson, battling an injury, shot 69-73 and withdrew. Tiger Woods made the cut, but after rounds of 72, 71, and 79, did not finish the event. For the record, that's Tiger's first-ever MDF ("made cut, did not finish") on Tour. Woods' card was stained with two straight doubles and five consecutive bogeys.

Among those who finished in a five-way tie for second were South Korean superman K.J. Choi, Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman, Arizonan Pat Perez, and Canadian Graham DaLaet, who continues to improve and impress. Although it's still early in the 2014 PGA Tour season, DeLaet has a T7 at the CIMB, a T6 at the WGC-HSBC, and now a T2 at Torrey Pines.


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[ comments ]
GBogey says:
Seems like a really nice guy. Funny, when they talk about talented players under 30 his name doesn't come up (probably due to OGWR / inconsistent play), but he has won a lot more times than several of the names that always come up, i.e., Fowler, Day.
1/27/14
 
mmontisano says:
Those are Phil's FedEx Cup standings. His actual scores were 69-73.
1/27/14
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
(Since corrected.)
1/28/14
 
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