Scott Stallings (born March 25, 1985) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Scott Stallings
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Personal information
Born (1985-03-25) March 25, 1985 (age 34)
Worcester, Massachusetts[1]
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceKnoxville, Tennessee
SpouseJennifer White[1]
ChildrenFinn, Millie
Career
CollegeTennessee Tech
Turned professional2007
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
Professional wins3
Highest ranking53 (January 26, 2014)[2]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT27: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT55: 2013
U.S. OpenT53: 2013
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2013, 2014

Early life and amateur careerEdit

Stallings was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee,[1] and was an all-state golfer and a four-year member of the Dean's List. He attended Tennessee Tech, where he was a two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, winning seven tournaments and named an All-American in 2006.

Professional careerEdit

In 2008 and 2009, Stallings played on the Tarheel Tour and the NGA Hooters Tour. In 2009, he made his first trip to the PGA Tour's Qualifying School, where he missed a PGA Tour card by a single stroke. His finish gave him status on the Nationwide Tour. He made 19 cuts in 28 events and finished 53rd on the Nationwide Tour. He returned to Q School in 2010 and finished T11 to earn his card for 2011. He struggled at the beginning and he missed his first five cuts, then finished T42 at the Puerto Rico Open for his first PGA Tour finish. His next event, the Transitions Championship, earned him a third-place finish. Thanks to a favor from practice partner Kenny Perry, who is sponsored by tournament sponsor Transitions Optical and shares an agent with Stallings, Stallings got into the tournament on a sponsor exemption.[3] The third-place finish was the highest for a sponsor exemption at this event.[4]

Stallings won the Greenbrier Classic in July 2011 for his first PGA Tour victory. Despite struggling at times during the final round, Stallings was able to earn his way into a three-way playoff. He made a birdie on the first playoff hole, while his opponents, Bob Estes and Bill Haas made par, which gave him the title.[1] The win moved Stallings from 88th in the FedEx Cup standings to 26th. His OWGR ranking went from 224th to 119th, after starting the year at 562nd. The win also qualified Stallings for the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 2011 PGA Championship, 2012 Masters Tournament, and the 2012 Players Championship.[5] Stallings won his second career tournament at the 2012 True South Classic.[6] Stallings was unable to defend his title in Mississippi because he earned a spot in the 2013 Open Championship after an already exempt Phil Mickelson won the Scottish Open. It was the second consecutive major Stallings earned entry as an alternate; he gained entry into the U.S. Open after another player withdrew.

In January 2014, Stallings won the Farmers Insurance Open by a single stroke from five other players.[7] The following year, in defense of his title, Stallings lost in a four-man sudden-death playoff, after coming from three strokes behind in the final round. He was eliminated on the first extra hole, when he could only make a par.

On July 7, 2015, Stallings was given a three-month suspension for violating the Tour's drug policy. He took a supplement that was on the banned substances list and self-reported his violation to the PGA Tour.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Stallings is a Christian. Stallings has spoken about his faith saying, "...I know that my score on the course doesn’t define who I am. I’m thankful for where God has placed me at this time in my life. Every day I wake up and thank Him for the opportunity He’s given me to let His light shine through me, and I pray that will always be the case."[9]

Professional wins (3)Edit

PGA Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 31, 2011 Greenbrier Classic −10 (70-65-66-69=270) Playoff   Bob Estes,   Bill Haas
2 Jul 22, 2012 True South Classic −24 (68-64-64-68=264) 2 strokes   Jason Bohn
3 Jan 26, 2014 Farmers Insurance Open −9 (72-67-72-68=279) 1 stroke   K. J. Choi,   Jason Day
  Graham DeLaet,   Marc Leishman
  Pat Perez

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2011 Greenbrier Classic   Bob Estes,   Bill Haas Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2015 Farmers Insurance Open   Jason Day,   Harris English,
  J. B. Holmes
Day won with par on second extra hole
English and Stallings eliminated with birdie on first hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T27 CUT
U.S. Open T53 CUT
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT T55 CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Raby, John (August 1, 2011). "First PGA win a 'blessing' for Oak Ridge graduate Scott Stallings". Knoxville News Sentinel. Associated Press. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Week 4 2014 Ending 26 Jan 2014" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Smock, Doug (July 31, 2011). "Perry's advice pays off for Stallings". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "2011 Transitions Championship – Final-Round Notes" (PDF). PGA Tour. March 20, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Manoloff, Dennis (August 1, 2011). "Scott Stallings parlays first PGA Tour win on Sunday into Monday celebration at Bridgestone Invitational". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "Scott Stallings wins True South Classic". Boston Herald. Associated Press. July 22, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  7. ^ "Scott Stallings rallies for win". ESPN. Associated Press. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Scott Stallings suspended 3 months from PGA Tour for doping violation". ESPN. Associated Press. July 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Scott Stallings, PGA Tour". Fellowship of Christian Athletes. May 1, 2012.

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