Stallings fades late after blistering start at Players


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Stallings had posted a grand total of six birdies in his last 72 holes, missing the cut in each of his previous two events.

So it came as more than a little bit of a surprise when he opened with five straight red circles to start the opening round of The Players Championship on Thursday.

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Starting on the first hole at TPC Sawgrass, he made putts of 35, 2, 19, 17 and 4 feet to get to 5-under through five holes.

He failed to keep it going, though. After closing his front nine with four pars, Stallings carded a triple and a double on the back before closing with his seventh birdie of the day to shoot 1-under 71.