Stallings keeps his cool
American sets new tournament record to win Treu South Classic
Last Updated: July 23, 2012 7:53am
Scott Stallings: Claimed the PGA Tour victory of hsi career
Scott Stallings fired a four-under-par round of 68 on Sunday to claim a two-shot victory at the True South Classic.
The Massachusetts-born 27-year-old had entered the final round with a one-stroke advantage after completing a weather-delayed third round of 64 earlier in the day in Madison, Mississippi.
And he held his nerve in the fourth round with another solid display, picking up five shots - including late birdies on 16 and 17 to pull away - and only blotting his copybook with a bogey five at the 14th.
(US unless stated)
-24 S Stallings
-22 J Bohn
-20 B Horschel
-19 B Cauley
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That gave Stallings a 24-under-par total of 264 - a tournament record at Annandale Golf Club - and a second PGA Tour triumph.
Jason Bohn carded a five-under 67 to stay in contention, but had to settle for second place.
Billy Horschel (71) was four shots off the pace in third, with Bud Cauley (66) a further stroke adrift in fourth.
"Obviously, it's a special week. Any time you win on the PGA Tour it's special. A lot of things and people went into winning this tournament and I'm very thankful," Stallings said.
Stallings made a strong start to his career on the PGA Tour but has had to battle torn rib cartilage and two herniated disks in his back this year.
His form suffered as he tried to play through the pain, leading him to start working with a sports psychologist.
He added: "I hurt my confidence and hurt everything that came along with it," Stallings said. "I learned a lot of lessons through that."