MCKINNEY, Texas — The sport appeared to decelerate for Scott Stallings throughout Friday’s second spherical of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Usually, when a professional athlete makes that proclamation, it means issues have come into focus.
When Stallings, who as soon as had sinus surgical procedure, makes that assertion, it’s as a result of he’s in a fog after treating his allergic reactions.
“I tried a different sinus medication yesterday, and after about seven holes my caddie looked at me and said, ‘You think we could break 80?’ ” Stallings stated. “So with all the cottonwood and everything blowing around here, after my sinus surgery it kind of messes with me a little bit. So I tried a different one. Thought I was getting used to it.”
He completed the second spherical with a 71, properly again of the leaders.
Conversely, no matter Stallings took previous to the third spherical he ought to follow. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts and later an all-state golfer in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Stallings received pink sizzling on Saturday, posting six consecutive birdies beginning on the fifth gap en path to a 63 that pushed him quickly into second place at TPC Craig Ranch.
Stallings sits at 15 underneath heading into Sunday’s last spherical, and he’ll be trying to break a PGA Tour drought that goes again to 2014, when he received the Farmers Insurance Open.
Although the course is getting devoured up a bit by PGA Tour gamers — the sphere was greater than a mixed 900 underneath par by noon on Saturday — Stallings is feeling lucky to be in such a place. Halfway by way of his spherical on Friday, he was simply 1 underneath.
“Yeah, there is a lot of birdie opportunities out there still. Both the short holes guys can get close to the green. All the par-5s are in great spots for birdies and eagles,” he stated. “There are some good pin locations out there. Some par-3s, 17 is super tough and be in between number for most guys. But these guys are great. Just because it’s windy doesn’t mean anything. The golf course is set up great and it’s still soft. I expect this course to improve.”
One key to Stallings’ success is his means to make putts of late. On Saturday he wanted simply 23 complete putts, and boasted 111 ft in putts holed. He entered the week 134th on the Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting.
“I’ve been working hard. My caddie (Jon Yarbrough) and my short game coach, Tim, after Hilton Head kind of had … and especially with Zurich, kind of all came together,” he stated. “But I just tried to learn week in, week out. I’ve gained every week since I started doing it and feel a lot more comfortable on the greens.”
Check the yardage book: TPC Craig Ranch for the AT&T Byron Nelson