By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Not a bad way to start the year. In just his second PGA event of 2014, former Golden Eagle great Scott Stallings found himself as the top man in the clubhouse Sunday evening at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Stallings birdied the par-5 18th hole to all-but clinch his third career victory, rallying from a three-stroke deficit at the start of the day and edging out PGA stars K.J. Choi and Jason Day by one.
An All-American while at Tech, Stallings has already qualified for four Major championships in his first three years on the tour and with the win on Sunday, earned a spot in his fifth, clinching an appearance in this year's Masters.
The victory marks the third of Stalling's young career, as well as his eighth top five finish. He also owns wins at the True South Classic at Annandale Golf Course in 2012 and at the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC in 2011.
Stallings was named OVC Golfer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and placed 30th at the 2006 NCAA Championship. Prior to the victory on Sunday, he ranked 10th in this season's FedEx Cup standings and with the victory, has already earned over $1.1 million dollars this year on the PGA Tour.
Next on the schedule for Stallings is a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. and TPC Scottsdale Golf Course for the Waste Management Phoenix Open beginning on Jan. 30. The tournament will be aired on CBS and the Golf Channel.