WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - One of Saturday's largest galleries at the Greenbrier Classic gathered to see one of the best feast-or-famine pairings possible.
For 2011 Classic champion Scott Stallings, his pre-round meal nearly ruined his day. For Bubba Watson, a bogey on the 17th messed up the weekend.
As it turned out, neither made a big run. Stallings' 67 left him at 6-under-par 240, only raising him from a tie for 35th to a tie for 16th; Watson's 69 put him at 4 under, falling from that 35th to a tie for 41st.
Watson bludgeoned the ball off the tee and hit 11 of 14 fairways in doing so, and his putting was much better, but his chipping failed him. He passed on his usual post-round interview.
Stallings half-wondered if he was going to get to a post-round anything.
"Right in the middle of breakfast, I don't know if I ate something funny or this or that, but I felt fine when I woke up," he said. "It's starting to go away, so hopefully it'll pass and I'll be ready for [today's final round]".
Stallings birdied the fourth but gave it back on the ninth, missing a 61/2-foot par putt. He hit a 9-footer for birdie on the 10th, but got himself in deep trouble on the next hole.
The 11th was shortened from 493 yards to 473, but he landed in the trees to the left. He was forced to punch out to the fairway, leaving 96 yards to the hole.
His third shot left him 16 feet away, but he sank his longest putt of the day to save par.
"I hit a bad drive there," he said. "To make a poor birdie on 9 and follow it up with a good birdie on 10 and then to hit a bad drive and kind of get away with it and make a par, it was nice. Kind of spurred me on and made a few more birdies on the back.