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Scott Stallings nabs first PGA win; Gary Woodland stroke back

August 1, 2011

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— Scott Stallings made a birdie on the final hole to qualify for a three-way playoff, then sprinted in excitement toward the 18th tee and showed he could repeat the feat on the first extra hole.

The PGA Tour rookie sank a seven-footer for birdie on the 168-yard hole to win the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday, beating Bob Estes and Bill Haas.

After watching Estes and Haas miss longer birdie attempts on the first extra hole, Stallings curled in his putt for his first tour victory. He flipped his putter, then hugged and high-fived his caddie.

“To be a champion in such a great event is a huge blessing,” Stallings said.

The 26-year-old Stallings is the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and the sixth rookie to do it.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” Stallings said. “I was that little boy running around chasing autographs and yelling at guys because they wouldn’t stop and sign my golf balls.”

Stallings overcame a tough start and made six birdies on the back nine to gain the playoff, where he earned a winner’s check worth $1.08 million and a spot in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Jimmy Walker (68), Andres Romero (65), Brendon de Jonge (66), Cameron Tringale (67) and former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland (69) finished at 9 under, one stroke out of the playoff.

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