Stallings wins True South Classic

Published July 22, 2012

| Sports Network

Scott Stallings fired a 4-under 68 during his final round Sunday to hold off Jason Bohn and capture the True South Classic.

Stallings played 26 holes on Sunday, the result of weather problems that plagued the tournament all week. There were more than 10 hours of weather delays over the first three days, and by the end of Saturday, Stallings held a 4-stroke lead.

By the time the third round was completed Sunday morning at Annandale Golf Club, Stallings led Billy Horschel by only one stroke.

But Stallings never gave up first place, finishing at 24-under-par 264 -- a tournament record -- thanks to a pair of birdies late in his final round. He earned his second career PGA Tour victory, having titled at the Greenbrier Classic last year.

Bohn carded a 67 and took second at minus-22. He put together a bogey-free final round, but didn't make enough birdies down the stretch to catch Stallings, and finished with the fourth runner-up finish of his PGA career.

Horschel managed only a 1-under 71 and ended up third at 20-under 268.

Stallings took the victory thanks to four rounds of excellent golf, which was necessary when so many players went so deep under par. He bogeyed only three holes and drained four eagles, the last of which was at the fifth hole during his third round.

He was 6-under through his first 10 holes of that round before play was stopped Saturday, a run that put him at minus-20.

After getting back on the course Sunday, he parred six in a row before wrapping up round three with a pair of birdies.

Horschel, though, was hot in pursuit. He needed to finish nine holes of his third round and went 5-under in that span, including an eagle at the last that put him at minus-19. Bohn was another two strokes behind.

With players going off split tees and in threesomes for the final round, Stallings, Horschel and Bohn were in the last group off tee No. 1.

Bohn birdied the first hole to get closer to first place, while Stallings and Horschel both birdied No. 3.

But while Stallings and Bohn continued to make birdies, Horschel couldn't keep pace. He parred the final six holes of his front nine, bogeyed the 10th to fall back to minus-19 and never caught up.

Stallings followed his birdie at three with another at five, which put him at minus-22. Bohn reached 20-under thanks to consecutive birdies from the fifth, and they stayed at those scores around the turn.

After both birdied No. 11, Stallings bogeyed 14 to reduce his lead to one. He had gone 54 holes without a bogey before that mistake.

But Bohn couldn't take advantage. He parred six in a row from the 12th before closing with a birdie, while Stallings built his cushion back up with birdies at 16 and 17.

Bud Cauley closed with a 6-under 66 to take fourth at minus-19. Scott Brown (65), Will Claxton (68) and William McGirt (67) shared fifth at 18-under 270.

NOTES: Defending champion Chris Kirk (69) tied for 10th at minus-15...Stallings pocketed $540,000 for the victory...Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. Sean O'Hair bogeyed the first playoff hole last year, but it was enough to beat Kris Blanks.

URL

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/07/22/stallings-wins-true-south-classic/