While it seemed like Gary Woodland (T10) or Jordan Spieth (T19) would walk away with the crown, it was actually a late round surprise rally from Scott Stallings!
Stallings who opened up the tournament even after the first day would jump up into the top 10 after posting a second round 5 under. However, he remained quiet in the third round shooting even. He was able to capitalize late in the fourth round, shooting a 68 (F: -9) including putting up four birdies on the back nine of the south course. In doing so, he was able to keep a red hot K.J. Choi at bay who was tied for second along with Jason Day, Graham DeLaet, Pat Perez and March Leishman.
Initially, all eyes were on Jordan Spieth after his second round performance (-9) stole the spotlight from his playing partner, Tiger Woods(MC). Spieth completely fell apart in both the third and fourth rounds. He noted that he had been suffering from ankle discomfort. Spieth along with Gary Woodland and Stewart Cink (T28) would all flip in and out of the top spots for the first three rounds, yet surprisingly none of them made stayed in the top 5 when the day came to an end.
Tiger Woods, was picked by many to actually win the overall tournament but he too had a disastrous third round, posting a +7 and missed the cut for only the second time in his career. Another favorite, Phil Mickelson (WD) pulled out of contention after the second round because he was suffering from continuous back pain since the start of the tournament.
Stallings takes home $1.6 million along with 500 Fed Ex Cup points. Not to mention he also receives special invitation to the Masters in April. This is his third PGA Tour win.