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July 5-8 The Greenbrier Classic The Greenbrier


(The Old White TPC) (Par 70/7,274 yards) White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia


Scott Stallings made his childhood dream come true with his first PGA TOUR victory.


THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF WAYS TO PICK UP your first PGA TOUR victory but Scott Stallings did it in about the most dramatic fashion imaginable at last year’s Greenbrier Classic. For starters, he ran off six birdies on the back nine Sunday to get into a playoff with Bob Estes and Bill Haas, and then won on the first playoff hole. “To be a champion in such a great event is a huge blessing,” Stallings said. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid. I was that little boy running around chasing autographs and yelling at guys because they wouldn’t stop and sign my golf balls.” The playoff began and ended in something of


an oddity, since the 18th hole at The Old White TPC is a 162-yard par 3, which severely limits a player’s margin for error. After Estes and Haas missed their birdie attempts, Stallings, 26, slid in his seven-footer that was worth a winner’s check of $1.08 million and jumped him to 26th in the FedExCup standings. As drama goes, it ranked up there with the tournament’s inaugural year, 2010, when Stuart Appleby fired a hot-running 59, capped by a birdie on the home hole to


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edge Jeff Overton by a stroke. The course was more difficult in 2011; it had been lengthened by some 200 yards and the reseeded greens were noticeably less receptive to approach shots than they had been in the past.


Stallings began the day a shot out of the


lead and closed with a 69 but he made things difficult on himself when he began with three bogeys on the front nine.


CADDIE HELPS IN A ROUGH START “The day definitely didn’t start off right,” said


RANK 1 2 3 4 5


FEDEXCUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Nick Watney Steve Stricker K.J. Choi


Phil Mickelson Luke Donald


POINTS 1,798 1,741 1,561 1,531 1,507


“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid. I was that little boy running around chasing autographs and yelling at guys because they wouldn’t stop and sign my golf balls.”– Scott Stallings


Stallings. “I blew it way right off the first tee and really struggled to find the fairway after the first nine holes. On No. 10, my caddie kind of needled me and said, ‘Finally we’re going to hit the fairway.’ I said, ‘I promise we can play better from the fairway.’ He said, ‘We’re going to get back to even par and we’re gonna have an opportunity to win the tournament.’ ” “He told me that through the whole nine,” Stallings continued. “Even though I made a few pars here and there, he said, ‘We’re going to have a chance; we’re going to have a chance;


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