Farmers Insurance Open: Stallings wins at Torrey Pines
After a tremendous birdie on the final hole, Scott Stallings snatched a one-shot victory to win the coveted Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The final day was tense; every golfer stepped onto the greens in California determined to win the event with no less than 10 players enjoying a share of the lead at various points throughout the day, but in the end Stallings held his nerve to secure himself a third PGA Tour success and leave the rest of the field wondering what could have been.
Stallings’ closing four-under 68 gave him a winning total of nine-under 279 and put him one ahead of fellow American Pat Perez, Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day, South Korean KJ Choi and Canadian Graham DeLaet.
Stallings began the final day three shots off the pace behind Gary Woodland and he remained there, tucked away in the pack, after playing his first seven holes in even par. What followed were birdies at eight and nine to put him just one back before a bogey at 10 dropped him two behind again.
However, none of the leaders could advance upon their scores past eight-under, leaving Stallings to soar into the lead with three birdies in four holes from the 11th.
Stallings did drop a shot at 16, but brilliant par saves at 15 and 17 mad sure he remained on track and when he sank a birdie on the last after his approach just cleared the water in front of the green, it emerged that he’d just set the new target of nine-under.
This made sure Choi was knocked out of the contest with 66, as well as Day who’d earlier posted eight-under but finished with 68.
Woodland was a bigger threat to Stallings path to victory and he kept his performance alive with a scintillating string of one-putts following some earlier poor approach play. But after hitting nine-under he dropped a shot at 14 and then completely blew any chance of winning the event with a double bogey at 17 – the same hole that Day and Choi had earlier registered what proved to be costly bogeys as well.
The impressive victory guarantees Stallings a return trip to The Masters and he told Sky Sports News: "Obviously that's something on everyone's 'to do' list on the PGA Tour and I'm excited to go back in April."
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