By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- When Scott Stallings reached his final hole in Saturday's second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, he looked at his ball 41 feet, 4 inches away from the pin for birdie, then checked the scoreboard for the projected cutline.
It was 2 over. Stallings was at 2 over.
Ranked 61st in FedExCup points coming into the tournament, Stallings figured his chances of advancing in the Playoffs would die if he didn't make the extended weekend at TPC Boston.
So he rolled in the birdie putt to finish at 1 over and seal his spot inside the cutline – which, as it turned out, stayed at 2 over -- and keep his postseason hopes alive.
"That 40-footer was a lot bigger than just playing the weekend," he said.
Stallings, who started his round off the 10th tee, put himself in a tough spot when he bogeyed the eighth hole (his 17th of the day). His approach was headed at the flag but the wind kicked up and knocked it sideways, and he couldn't get up and down from the primary rough.
"That was kind of my day all day," Stallings said. "I hit some good shots that ended up in some really crappy places. Kind of a strange day, to say the least."
But it worked out for him. Now he has a chance to play his way into next week's BMW Championship. He's still projected outside the top 70 who'll advance -- he's at 72 now -- but he's looking forward to the challenge.
"I'm in a situation where I can go out and be aggressive," said Stallings, who was born in nearby Worcester, Mass. "I go out early tomorrow and hopefully get a chance to move up the board."
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Scott Stallings, born in the Boston suburb of Worchester, is a huge Red Sox fan. A year ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he put a foul ball that he caught off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury in his bag.
"Hopefully that'll bring me a little bit more luck than the Jacoby one did last year," said Stallings, who finished tied for 52nd in his first Deutsche Bank appearance last year.
His good-luck loyalty in terms of the Red Sox goes only so far, however.
Stallings started the year with a Red Sox pin attached to his bag, but with the club struggling this season, Stallings got rid of the pin just after the All-Star break.
He's now searching for a Patriots pin for his bag.
CADDIE RETURNS: Speaking of Stallings' bag, his full-time caddie Josh Graham is back at work this week after taking the last two weeks off for the birth of his son, Caden.
Stallings used veteran Frank Williams, Stewart Cink's caddie, for those two weeks.
"He's been out here about as long as I've been alive," Stallings said of Williams. "It's weird -- he's six years older than my dad. It was really cool to have a guy just with all the people he's caddied for and the experiences that he's had and to try to help me out for a couple weeks."
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Stallings, a Massachusetts native, is making his second start at TPC Boston. He qualified for the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship as a rookie.
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