Baryla banks $68K payday

Vernon’s Chris Baryla bagged $68,000 in the $6 million PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Vernon’s Chris Baryla bagged $68,000 in the $6 million PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Baryla, 28, carded a 3-under 67 Sunday after shooting 72 Saturday at the Old White TCP course.

The VSS Panther and Texas-El Paso Miners grad finished in a nine-way tie for 18th place. Canadian David Hearn also ended up at 5-under 275.

Baryla, who made his first cut this season, recorded nines of 32 and 35 Sunday, earning an eagle three on the par-5 12th hole. He averaged 313 yards per drive for the four rounds.

Scott Stallings of Worcester, Ma. made a birdie on the final hole to qualify for a three-way playoff, then sprinted in excitement toward the 18th tee and showed he could repeat the feat on the first extra hole.

The PGA Tour rookie sank a 7-footer for birdie on the 168-yard hole to beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas. After watching Estes and Haas miss longer birdie attempts on the first extra hole, Stallings curled in his putt for his first tour victory. He flipped his putter, then hugged and high-fived his caddie.

The 26-year-old Stallings is the 10th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and the sixth rookie to do it.

Stallings overcame a tough start and made six birdies on the back nine to gain the playoff, where he earned a winner’s check worth $1.08 million and a spot in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Estes and Haas each earned $528,000. Haas earned his fourth top-10 finish of the season and improved to 12th in the FedEx standings.

The 45-year-old Estes missed out on his first tour win since 2002. Estes sat out the first three months of the year with a wrist injury and was playing in just his seventh tournament.

Estes, playing with a respiratory illness, shot 6-under 64 and was the clubhouse leader at 10 under, then found out Haas birdied the par-5 17th six groups later to join him after a 67.