Familiar feel-good story for Scott Stallings, one year later
Last year, just prior to the start of the PGA Championship, I was celebrating the first win of my friend Scott Stallings' PGA Tour career. Scott had won the 2011 Greenbrier Classic and was headed to Atlanta for the season's final major, and I even wrote a well-received piece detailing how we met, how much I respected his dedication and the challenges he had overcome.
So here we are, one year later. Scott, who has battled injuries all year, is finally feeling good and ready to contend this week here at The Ocean Course. Again, he is coming off a win (two weeks ago at the True South Classic) and sits just below the radar as one of the up-and-coming stars in golf.
But even more, he's still a humble, well-mannered and fun person. We had traded texts this week hoping to find time to say hello. Of course, schedules get crazy and we missed connecting -- until a chance meeting outside Fresh Fields on Kiawah Island.
And a short visit with him, his wife and some friends -- and one photo for Twitter later -- we parted ways, hoping to say hello again later in the week.
Good guy, good golfer and good friend. If you need a golfer to fill out your fantasy roster -- or just want to root for one of the good guys on tour -- I'm going to recommend Scott Stallings to you.
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