If you are interested in life on the PGA Tour, or the struggle to make a life on the PGA Tour, then a blog written by PGA Tour players Scott Stallings called Chief Executive Golfer on BNET.com is great read.
Stallings chronicles his life on TOUR and talks about how important it is to operate his golf playing as an actual business. I am confident in saying most people think life on the PGA Tour is all fun and luxury for everybody. Sure, for guys like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and some of the other top players in the world, flying around on Gulfstream jets and staying in the Penthouse suite is commonplace. These guys have people behind the scenes making travel plans for them, and paying the credit card bills on time, or making sure they are entered in the tournaments.
But there are people like Scott Stallings, along with his wife Jennifer, who make their own hotel arrangements each week and spend 300 days each year on the road trying to squeeze out enough money to make it to next week.
I have been reading the Chief Executive Golfer Blog since back in January, when Scott was getting ready for Hawaii. Today, I have put two-and-two together, and a congratulations is in place for Scott Stallings. He finished 12-under par this week, good for a third place finish by himself and a cool $374,000 pay check. All day today I was hearing his name on TV and I was beating myself up trying to figure out where I know that name from. It wasn’t until right after the Syracuse game tonight that I logged back on my computer and it hit me. This is the same Scott Stallings who writes the blog I have been reading for the past three months.
If it wasn’t for the tee shot in the water on 16, he may have had a shot to win the tournament. I don’t even know the guy but from reading his blog and the insights he gives about life on TOUR it really feels like I actually do know the guy. I know that sounds pretty lame, but I just knew I had to write something about it. The best part of the whole story I think is the fact he got into the Transitions Championship on a sponsors exemption, from the help of Kenny Perry.
So congrats again to Scott Stallings on his best finish of his career on the PGA Tour. With this finish he should have no problem getting entered into the upcoming events. And he and his wife can sleep a little better knowing a little more money is in the bank.