Scott Stallings secured the Farmers Insurance Open title at Torrey Pines south course with a last hole birdie.
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Scott was in the fairway on the par five last hole, with 222 yards to the front of the green when his caddie said to him;
”Let’s see what you’ve got.”
Scott obliged, hitting a four iron which just cleared the water and set up two putts from 40 feet for a birdie. That gave him a – 4 under par 68 final round for a -9 under par total. It also gave him the club-house lead, which no one was able to surpass, and a one-shot lead that turned into victory.
A year ago Scott was in a similar position in a tournament, and put his shot into water, no mistake this time around;
“I don’t think one would happen without the other, I actually thought about 18 at Humana the whole time on 18 today. Not that I was like, `Oh, don’t hit it in the water.’ But it was, `Just make sure you pay attention to everything that’s going on.’ You don’t get very many opportunities to win golf tournaments on this tour, I didn’t necessarily understand the situation I was in as far as the score, but I did know I had an opportunity. I was playing to win.”
K.J. Choi had the best score of the week on the South Course with a -6 under par 66 and was among five players who tied for second place at -8 under par. Joining K.J. on that score were Graeme DeLaet, Jason Day, Pat Perez, and Marc Lieshman.
Pat Perez really wanted this win;
” It’s great and bad, this is the one I want to win more than anything in the world, and I came up short. I thought today would have been my day. I would like to be in that position again.”
Gary Woodland, who had a one shot lead at the start of play appeared to have the best chance to catch Scott. He was one shot behind when an errant tee shot on the 17th, a hooked fairway metal into the canyon, basically ended all hope for him;
” This will be hard to swallow, I felt like I kind of gave one away today.”
Gary finished at -6 under par, three shots off the lead.