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Stallings, sore ribs and all, shoots 66 to lead Memorial’s first round action

 

Scott Stallings (file photo)

Most PGA Tour fans may not know much about Scott Stallings, if anything at all.

The 27-year-old Stallings is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University of Cookeville, Tennessee, which is in the Nashville area. He turned pro in 2007 and has one win on the PGA Tour, the Greenbrier Classic in July of 2011. That is the extent of his pro golf career.

The golf world knows him now, because he the first round leader of the 2012 Memorial Tournament, shooting a 6-under-par 66.

Stallings showed his mettle with a birdie on the most-difficult hole on the course, the 18th, with a 2-foot putt. He leads by one-stroke over Spencer Levin and Erik Compton.

It’s a good human interest story that Stallings is able to lead any tournament or even play golf in his position due to the injury he has.

In late January of this year, he suffered torn cartilage in five ribs and it took the injury awhile to be diagnosed properly.

After taking off a month to rest his injury, Stallings came back and has had mixed results. His high point was finishing 27th in the Masters tournament and he hasn’t made a cut since then.

Ribs injuries has no real therapy or surgery. It has to heal on its own.

For golfers, the injury is very nagging and troublesome because of the torque put on the body when they have to drive the ball for distance.

 

Rookie Stallings wins PGA Tour event in West Virginia

 

Scott Stallings (file photo)

26-year-old PGA Tour rookie Scott Stallings is the 2011 winner of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, by sinking a birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas.

Stallings, who grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, has been a professional golfer since 2007.

Estes shot a 6-under 64 and was the clubhouse leader at 10 under, then watched as Haas birdied the par-5 17-th hole to join him after a 67.

Stallings, who shot a 69, bogeyed the par-5 17th hole and needed a birdie at #18 to make the playoff. He did it by sinking a 5-foot putt.

He watched Estes and Haas miss their birdie attempts on the 168-yard 18th hole, Stallings made a 7-footer after making six birdies on the back nine to reach the playoff.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & PGA Tour news

PGA Tour members vote comeback award to Appleby

Stuart Appleby has been voted the PGA Tour 2010 comeback player of the year after rebounding from his worst season in 2009 to a much-improved season this year.

PGA golfers voted for Appleby over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal.

Stuart Appleby (file photo)

Appleby was the winner of the Greenbrier Classic by closing the final round with a 59, making him one of only two players to hit golf’s magic number in the last round. His historic victory followed the 2009 season when he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first time since his rookie season.

The Australian used a one-time exemption for career money to be able to keep his card. His win helped him to finish 38th on the money list, and he capped the year by winning the Australian Masters.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news