July 6 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Scott Stallings was happy to be putting his John Hancock on his scorecard after the third round of The Greenbrier Classic.
And not just because a second-straight 67 had moved the 2011 champ to 6 under for the tournament.
Stallings actually was glad to be finished because had battled a stomach bug all day long -- which made his round of 3 under even more satisfying.
"Right in the middle of eating breakfast, I don't know if I ate something funny or this and that, but I felt fine when I woke up," Stallings said. "After breakfast I kind of got on the range and started feeling kind of funny. It's starting to go away, so hopefully it will pass and I'll be ready for tomorrow."
Stallings, who beat Bill Haas and Bob Estes in a playoff in 2011 to earn his first PGA TOUR victory, got things going on the back nine Saturday with a trio of birdies. He said The Old White TPC was being generous on Saturday but capitalizing early is key.
"The altitude and the temperature definitely plays a difference in your wedge shots and how you flight them," Stallings said. " If you get up in the air, the ball will definitely go, but if you keep it down and expect the altitude to get it, it's not going to go. It's kind of weird. It's all an adjustment. "