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Rookie Redux
GARY VAN SICKLE
March 28, 2011
Lost in the Reshuffle after a poor start, Scott Stallings came from way back to jump-start his first season on Tour
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March 28, 2011

Rookie Redux

Lost in the Reshuffle after a poor start, Scott Stallings came from way back to jump-start his first season on Tour

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On playing a Saturday morning pro-am on the adjacent Torrey Pines North course after missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open: "Not a soul was watching. But when I looked to my left, I saw the biggest group of fans I've ever seen, all with their backs turned toward me. Tiger Woods was teeing off on the South course. I don't think I've ever felt like such an outsider in my life. It was a brutal day and probably the best shot in the arm I could have received. I was angry at myself for not making the cut, so the rest of the day I played golf like my life depended on it. No one was watching but I made 12 birdies and my team won."

Step Eight: Assemble a good business team. Start with a fantastic, understanding wife named Jen, whom you meet in kindergarten and marry right after college. (She went to Tennessee, the only time you attended different schools.) Let her serve as your manager and handle all the travel logistics. Don't forget to credit her on your blog: "She has made a huge sacrifice for me.... One day each week, I don't play any golf so I put away my iPhone and she gets to decide what we do. The deal is, I'll go along with anything. Today—Valentine's Day—I've just been informed that this means we'll be spending the afternoon at Ikea, followed by a low-key dinner that must include an awesome dessert. Done.... It is a truly crazy life that we live but we have been blessed to be able to do it together."

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