Caddie pep talk turned Stallings' week around


SAN DIEGO – Scott Stallings was looking to become the first back-to-back winner at Torrey Pines since Tiger Woods in 2008, but a par at the first playoff hole ended that quest.

Still, his runner-up finish was impressive considering his record since last year’s victory at the Farmers Insurance Open.

In fact, his finish on Sunday was his first top 10 on the PGA Tour since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, a run that also included 14 missed cuts.

“I put myself in position [to win]. That's all you want as a PGA Tour player,” said Stallings, who closed with a 69 to finish in a group of four players tied at 9 under. “I hit my shots coming down the stretch and gave myself chances and didn't capitalize. But at the end of the day I played really well and gave myself a chance to win.”

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Stallings' week was even more impressive considering he played his first three holes on the North Course, the easier of the two layouts used for this week’s event, in 3 over par. But a pep talk from his caddie got him back on track.

“My caddie kind of let me have it a little bit and told me, ‘You can't birdie them all and just kind of slow down a little bit,’” Stallings said.