Title: Scott Stallings earns his stripes at Torrey Pines

Description: LA JOLLA — Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. Bill Dwyre Bill Dwyre Bio | E-mail | Recent columns Also Scott Stallings breaks out of the pack to win at Torrey Pines Scott Stallings breaks out of the pack to win at Torrey Pines Gary Woodland leads as Tiger Woods leaves Gary Woodland leads as Tiger Woods leaves Tiger Woods misses secondary cut at Torrey Pines with third-round 79 Tiger Woods misses secondary cut at Torrey Pines with third-round 79 Phil Mickelson withdraws from Torrey Pines because of back pain Phil Mickelson withdraws from Torrey Pines because of back pain Jordan Spieth hangs in there at Torrey Pines Jordan Spieth hangs in there at Torrey Pines Jordan Spieth steals Torrey Pines spotlight with a 63 Jordan Spieth steals Torrey Pines spotlight with a 63 The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive. He'll probably take his dad, they'll walk to the spot and talk about what they always do — that day when he was 12 years old. More on that later. The intangibles are less clear. He won a tournament on a course that refuses to play second fiddle to any golfer. Golf fans know what it means just to win on tour. Better, they know what it means to win at Torrey. Lots of players broke par during this tournament. None would say it was easy. Nor could any take hold of it when they needed to Sunday. Stallings would agree that, as well as he played, he merely survived better than the others. At one point Sunday, there were 19 players within two shots of the lead and 23 within three. Slowly but surely, Torrey Pines chewed them up, spit them out and deemed Stallings most worthy. More interesting in the category of intangibles is that, by winning, Stallings got a chance to tell his story, one truly worth listening to.

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