Stallings prevails at True South Classic

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MADISON, Miss. — Scott Stallings strolled down the fairway on the 18th hole of the True South Classic, smiling and waving to a few fans like he didn’t have a care in the world.

There would be no final-hole drama at Annandale Golf Club.

He had this one all wrapped up.

Stallings shot 4-under 68 in the final round Sunday to beat Jason Bohn by two strokes.

It was his first Tour victory of the year and the second of his career. He finished with 24-under 264, which is a tournament record at Annandale.

Stallings made back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to suck all the suspense right out of the final hole.

“It made that tee shot on 18 a lot easier,” Stallings said with a grin.

Bohn shot 5-under 67 on Sunday. Billy Horschel was alone in third, four strokes back.

“He played really well, swung the club well, made the putts when he needed to make the putts, and that’s the way you win,” Horschel said.

The victory was another sign Stallings is moving closer to his 2011 form, when he won nearly $2 million and finished 41st on the PGA Tour money list in his rookie season.

But he’s struggled through much of 2012 because of various injuries – including torn cartilage in his ribs and two herniated disks in his back – making the cut in just five of 18 events before blazing through Annandale. Stallings said the rib injury suffered in January was the most painful, and it took him about five months to fully recover.

He also worked some with a sports psychologist to get back his mental edge.

“I hurt my confidence and hurt everything that came along with it,” Stallings said. “I learned a lot of lessons through that.”

Now he feels fully healthy – physically and mentally.

Annandale was drenched by heavy rain for much of the past week, and the soft, slow fairways and greens led to nearly ideal conditions for low scores.

LOCAL INTEREST

SCOTT BROWN

North Augusta resident

Score 72-66-67-65

Finished T5

WILL CLAXTON

Swainsboro, Ga.*

Score 67-67-68-68

Finished T5

PATRICK REED

Augusta resident

Score 73-65-66-72

Finished T21

BRIAN GAY

Louisville, Ga.*

Score 71-70-70-68

Finished T42

VAUGHN TAYLOR

Evans resident

Score 72-67-69-72

Finished T49

KEVIN KISNER

Aiken native

Score 68-71-72-70

Finished T57

* former resident


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