Stallings takes play-off glory
American rookie birdies first extra hole to secure maiden win
Last Updated: September 26, 2011 1:03pm
Scott Stallings: birdied 18 twice in quick succession to seal victory
Scott Stallings held his nerve to claim his maiden PGA Tour title after beating Bob Estes and Bill Haas in a play-off at the Greenbrier Classic.
Estes and Haas both missed birdie putts on the first play-off hole, the 168-yard 18th, before tour rookie Stallings curled in a seven-footer to pick up the $1.08m winner's cheque and a spot at the Bridgestone Invitational.
The 26-year-old had sunk a five-foot birdie putt at the same hole moments earlier to join Haas and Estes at 10-under for the tournament and earn a place in the play-off.
That completed a 69 for Stallings after a roller-coaster final round that saw him post four bogeys on the front nine, birdie four of the first five holes after the turn and sandwich a bogey at the par-five 17th between birdies at the 16th and short 18th.
"It's a dream come true," he said. "I felt really good going into 17. I hit a bad shot and got a bad break, hit the tree and went into the water. Then to birdie 18 like I did was incredible."
Estes also carded six birdies in a flawless final-round 64 to be the first to post 10-under while Haas made the play-off with a three-under 67, mixing four birdies with a dropped shot at the 15th.
What might have been
Estes and Haas weren't the only ones left to reflect on what might have been.
Brendon de Jonge missed a five-foot putt on 18 that would have have seen him make the play-off while Jimmy Walker, also at nine-under playing the last, failed to convert his birdie try from 11 feet.
Gary Woodland could also have joined the play-off trio on 10-under with a birdie at 18 but his tee-shot failed to clear the ridge in the middle of the green and instead backed up away from the flag from where he two-putted for par.
Argentine Andres Romero - who missed out by a shot in Canada last week - suffered the same fate after failing to birdie 17 and 18 to stay stuck on nine-under.
That quartet shared fourth place with Cameron Tringale while overnight leader Anthony Kim slipped back to tied 14th after following up his sparkling Saturday 62 with a four-over 74.
Carl Pettersson and Brian Davis were the only Europeans in the top 20. Both finished tied 18th, five shots back.