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Stallings wins Greenbrier playoff



White Sulphur Springs, WV (Sports Network) - Scott Stallings trailed by as many as five strokes in the final round Sunday, but birdied the final hole in regulation and the first playoff hole to win The Greenbrier Classic.

Stallings birdied the 72nd hole, his sixth birdie on the final nine, to post a one-under 69 and join Bob Estes and Bill Haas in a playoff.

The trio ended regulation at 10-under-par 270.

They headed back to the par-three 18th on The Old White TPC Course for the extra session.

All three players found the green with their tee shots.

Haas, who closed with a three-under 67, went first and had 23 feet for birdie, but he two-putted for par.

Estes, who was the first to 10-under thanks to his six-under 64, ran his 12- foot birdie putt past the hole. He tapped in for par and it was all up to Stallings.

Stallings' tee shot was in nearly the same spot he was in regulation. And like that putt, he drained the birdie effort in the playoff for the victory.

Andres Romero fired a five-under 65 Sunday to jump into a share of fourth place at nine-under-par 271. He was joined there by Jimmy Walker (68), Brendon de Jonge (66), Gary Woodland (69) and Cameron Tringale (67).

Third-round leader Anthony Kim had four bogeys and 14 pars in a round of four- over 74. He dropped into a tie for 14th at minus-six.

After nine holes, nothing had gone right for Stallings. He bogeyed the first, then dropped shots on three of the last four holes on the front side.

Stallings made the turn at minus-five and was five off the lead. He rebounded in fine fashion as three straight birdies from the 10th got him back within two of the lead.

"I hit it so bad on the front. I was kind of loose, I hadn't hit a fairway and my caddie kind of threw a jab at me going from nine to 10," Stallings said in an interview with the Golf Channel. "He said you're going to hit iron so you find the fairway, and that's what happened."

The 26-year-old rookie birdied the 14th, then tapped in another birdie on No. 16 to gain a piece of the lead. However, Stallings found water off the tee on the par-five 17th. He managed to get his fourth within 15 feet, but he two- putted from there for bogey.

"I felt really good going into 17. I made a great birdie on 16, and then we had to wait about 30 minutes on the 17th tee," said Stallings in a television interview. "I hit a bad shot and got a bad break. (My drive) hit a tree and went into the water."

Stallings' tee shot on the 18th stopped just inside five feet and he poured that putt in to join Estes and Haas in the playoff.

Afterwards, Stallings said in a Golf Channel interview that his goal all year was to play his way to Augusta National for the Masters.

"My caddie put an Augusta National pencil in my yardage book about a month ago. He said you're going to keep this the rest of the year, cause that's our goal," Stallings explained. "He said if we get to Augusta. we've had a great year. I look at that every single day."

With this win, Stallings accomplished that goal.

Estes, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, slowly climbed the leaderboard in the final round. He had just two birdies on the front nine, on the fourth and eighth, to get to minus-six.

The 45-year-old collected birdies on 11 and 14 move within two of the lead. Estes then birdied 17 and 18 to finish at 10-under. He was in the lead by himself after Haas made a bogey on 15, but it was not meant to be for Estes.

"I made a lot of good par saves, made some good birdies, too, obviously to shoot six-under," Estes said before the playoff. "But a lot of the par saves that I made are what really kept the round together."

Haas opened with a birdie on the first. After seven pars in a row, he dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts on nine and 10 to grab a piece of the lead at 10-under.

The two-time winner on the PGA Tour missed the green on the par-three 15th and that led to a bogey. Haas recovered that stroke with a nine-foot birdie putt on the 17th. He missed a 21-foot birdie effort at the last that would have given him the title.

NOTES: Stallings earned $1.08 million for his first PGA Tour title. He entered the day having gone 42 straight holes without a bogey, but that ended on the first...Kim is now 2-3 when owning at least a piece of the 54-hole lead...After going bogey-free on Saturday, Kim was birdie-free on Sunday...There are two events next week. Hunter Mahan will defend his title at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, while Matt Bettencourt is expected to defend his crown at the Reno-Tahoe Open.

07/31 20:02:47 ET