Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stallings' Round 3 60 puts him in Barbasol lead

OPELIKA, Alabama – A day after Chad Collins shot a course-record 60 at the Barbasol Championship, Scott Stallings did the same to take the lead heading into the final round on Sunday.
The course is a favourable one for golfers, but Stallings isn’t thinking about what Collins did on Friday or what anyone else was doing on Saturday.
“I could care less what anyone else does,” he said. “I have enough problems on my own. That’s not to sound arrogant, it’s just I can’t worry about what anyone else does. I go out there and put myself in position, you know, put my best foot forward and hopefully that’s good enough.”
Stallings’ 19-under 194 is a new 54-hole tournament record, besting the 16-under 197 shot by Jhonattan Vegas in 2016.
 In addition, his 60 is three strokes better than his personal best and he was a perfect 18 of 18 greens in regulation in the third round. The intense heat and humidity that has resulted in a heat advisory throughout central Alabama had taken a toll on the Tennessee native in the second round.
“I was super frustrated with the way I finished yesterday,” Stallings said, “being eight-under through 14 and then kind of stumbling and just missing some short putts down the stretch. I let my mind go a little bit … as far as staying on top of drinking water, eating food. You kind of lose sight of that out there and the heat will zap you.”
Stallings, who has won three tournaments on the US PGA Tour, is in search of his first win since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open. So far this year, only 11 of 35 third-round leaders have finished the job and won their respective tournament. The last to do so was Jordan Spieth at the Travelers Championship.



Par 213 (3x71)
194 Scott Stallings 69 65 70
195 Grayson Murray 67 64 64
196 Tag Ridings 66 67 63, Chad Collins 67 60 69.



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