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July 21, 2012

Sleeping on the lead: Stallings four strokes up as play suspended

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MADISON, Miss. – When play resumes Sunday morning at the True South Classic, Scott Stallings will feel like the hunted. The former Tennessee Tech standout opened a four-shot lead with sizzling play Friday and Saturday, before third-round play was suspended.

The third round will resume at 7 a.m. Sunday, with the final round commencing afterward at the Annandale Golf Club. Stallings will sleep tonight at 18-under-par, four shots ahead.

Stallings went birdie-birdie-eagle on holes three through five Saturday to move to 16 under and build an early three-shot lead. After making putts of eight feet and 29 feet for his birdies, he drained a 43-foot eagle putt on the par 5, fifth hole to solidify his position atop of the leaderboard.

He posted a 6-under 30 on the front nine to build his edge to a four-shot lead, and owned that margin when play was halted due to darkness.

Stallings, who won the Greenbrier Classic as a rookie on tour last year, started his third round one shot behind co-leaders Jason Bohn and Billy Horschel, but he lapped the duo during early third round play.

Bohn and Horschel are currently tied for second with Heath Slocum at 14 under.

Milliam McGirt is alone in fifth at 13 under.

Just nine of 75 players were able to finish their third rounds Saturday afternoon but everyone played at least nine holes.