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June 4 2011

5:10 PM

Stallings has week to remember

DUBLIN, Ohio – Scott Stallings has bounced back well on Saturday.

The PGA TOUR rookie followed his opening 68 with a 76 but he’s back on track in the third round. He’s 2 under through 12 holes after five birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.

Regardless of what happens this weekend, though, Stallings’ Memorial debut has been a memorable one. That’s because he got to have lunch with the tournament host, Jack Nicklaus, on Monday.

Stallings had nearly finished eating with his friend Kenny Perry when Nicklaus asked if he could join them. When the Golden Bear discovered Stallings had never played at Muirfield Villagel, he was only too happy to impart some knowledge – not unlike Nicklaus did when he took Charl Schwartzel through his thought process at Augusta National.

Stallings has already written about the encounter in his blog. Here’s an excerpt: “He then proceeded to tell me about all the ins and the outs of the course — he was the one who designed it. He told me where he likes to hit and the spots I should try to stay away from. I literally hung on every word.”

Schwartzel, you will remember, went on to win the Masters. Stallings is currently seven strokes off the pace with the leaders still awaiting their third round tee times.

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