He will come to Old White TPC looking for his second Greenbrier victory, but he's also shooting for a berth in his first British Open. That is quite possible - the top five players (not already exempt) among the FedExCup top 20 at the end of the Classic receive the trip to the Muirfield course in Scotland.
The history suggests that whether Stallings succeeds or falls short, he does so by a single stroke.
On the other hand, Stuart Appleby could use more than a few positive strokes.
Three years after he shot that 59 to win the inaugural Classic, the 42-year-old Australian hasn't fared so well. After finishing 52nd in the 2010 FedExCup standings, he plummeted to 118th in 2011 and 144th in 2012.
The latter figure was well below the top 125 needed to ensure his Tour privileges. With his two-year exemption for winning the Classic expiring, he needed to use a career-earnings exemption.
Here's how that works: Entering the season, Appleby had earned $26.7 million, placing him in the top 25 in all-time money. He played in 2010 on a top-25 exemption, and he used a top-50 exemption this year, both one-time elections.
He has made 12 of 16 cuts this year and recorded his first top-10 Tour finish since winning the Classic, at the Travelers Championship two weeks ago. That gives him 246 FedExCup points, placing him 129th.
So what happens if he can't make the magic 125? He will enjoy Tour privileges, though they will be limited substantially. His potential places in the pecking order:
A favorable result keeps his big-tour status, albeit at a "reshuffle" status.
Similarly, he could appear on the priority list as a "veteran member," as he has made more than 150 cuts.
Appleby's best option is the toughest - regain the form that won him the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, or something close to it.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.