By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Since finishing in a tie for fourth in January at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Scott Stallings's results on the PGA TOUR have been frustrating.
In his last 11 starts, Stallings has missed the cut eight times and his best finish was a tie for 29th at The Honda Classic.
But he found something this week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, especially on Sunday when he shot a 4-under 66 to finish at 11 under, and inside the top five.
"I haven't played well of late, and I've really struggled to kind of put a really good round with a lot of birdies in," Stallings said. "Obviously to do it on a Sunday on a great golf course is something to be proud of."
Stallings went out in 29, making three consecutive birdies to end his front nine. That moved him at 13 under. At the time, he was atop the leaderboard.
He was still 13 under going into the par-4 15th. But his approach shot left his ball just to the right of a greenside bunker in the rough and with an awkward stance. He chipped the first shot into the bunker, then failed to blast out of the bunker with his next shot.
He eventually ended with a double bogey on a hole, essentially taking him out of contention.
"It's just a tough lie in a tough spot," Stallings said of his first chip. "You either dump it out to the right and have a 15-footer for par, or try to get it up and down. ... That was it. A chance I thought at the time I needed to be taken."