Stallings (66) credits forced time off for rejuvenating game

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – In his fifth start since returning to the PGA Tour following a 90-day suspension for violating the circuit’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Scott Stallings scorched the back nine of the Plantation Course on his way to a 6-under 66 and a share of second place in the RSM Classic.

Stallings – who never failed a drug test but informed Tour officials he’d taken an over-the-counter supplement that contained a banned substance – birdied Nos. 13 through 16 for his best round of the young season.

Stallings said earlier this week his break from golf has left him inspired to play and suggested on Thursday the extra time off game him a chance to improve his swing.

“I’ve been working pretty hard in the offseason. I kind of got back to it a little bit and got back to the way I was doing things early in my Tour career,” he said. “I started hitting the ball a little bit more solid.”