By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. — Scott Stallings, born in the Boston suburb of Worchester, is a huge Red Sox fan. A year ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he put a foul ball that he caught off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury in his bag.
This year, he has a Jim Rice-signed baseball in his bag.
"Hopefully that’ll bring me a little bit more luck than the Jacoby one did last year," said Stallings, who finished tied for 52nd in his first Deutsche Bank appearance last year.
His good-luck loyalty in terms of the Red Sox goes only so far, however.
Stallings started the year with a Red Sox pin attached to his bag, but with the club struggling this season, Stallings got rid of the pin just after the All-Star break.
He’s now searching for a Patriots pin for his bag.
CADDIE RETURNS: Speaking of Stallings’ bag, his full-time caddie Josh Graham is back at work this week after taking the last two weeks off for the birth of his son, Caden.
Stallings used veteran Frank Williams, Stewart Cink’s caddie, for those two weeks.
"He’s been out here about as long as I’ve been alive," Stallings said of Williams. "It’s weird — he’s six years older than my dad. It was really cool to have a guy just with all the people he’s caddied for and the experiences that he’s had and to try to help me out for a couple weeks."