January 29, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There was no celebrating for Scott Stallings following his win last week at Torrey Pines, and it had nothing to do with moving on to the next week's tournament.
Stallings' son Finn, born just under a year ago, got sick during the 5-plus hour car ride from San Diego to Scottsdale. When the family arrived late Sunday night, Stallings' wife Jennifer started to feel under the weather.
Guess who was next?
Stallings, stayed up with her all night, got sick himself and missed his Monday pro-am.
"I guess I'm putting in for husband and father of the year," Stallings joked to his wife. "If you asked me (Tuesday), I'd say there is no way I'm playing in the tournament."
But Stallings went to the Mayo Clinic, was hooked up to an IV and given fluids and by Wednesday felt considerably better.
As for what he took from his third career win -- other than being sick --Stallings said it was a huge boost of confidence.
"It's not a major, but it's as close to one as I have played in a tournament that's not," he said. "The rough was every bit as penal as the U.S. Open. If you had an opportunity to play in that field and that venue and come out on top, it's something that's made a huge difference on my career."