Like his fellow New Englander Keegan Bradley, Massachusetts native Scott Stallings has always been a huge Red Sox booster. And like Bradley, who said prior to last week’s Barclays tournament that the way the Olde Towne Team has comported itself this year was an embarrassment, Stallings has also jumped off the Bobby Valentine bandwagon to nowheresville.
“I had a Red Sox pin on my bag all year,” Stallings told reporters on Wednesday, ahead of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. “After the All‑Star break, when things weren’t going very well, I took it off and actually made a request for a Patriots one, with [Tom] Brady and everything coming up and the excitement about the [New England Patriots] season.”
Stallings has battled injuries for much of the 2012 season, and while he’s not blaming the Sox for his woes, he decided a change of good-luck totems was in order. So the winner of last month’s True South Classic replaced a foul ball off the bat of outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury that he had stashed in his golf bag with an autographed one from Hall of Famer Jim Rice.
“Hopefully that’ll bring me a little bit more luck than the Jacoby one did last year,” Stallings said.
Happy anniversary. In related news, Deutsche Bank announced on Wednesday that it had renewed its contract to sponsor the Deutsche Bank Championship for four more years. EMC Corp. also signed back on as the local presenting sponsor through 2016.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary on tour, Deutsche Bank has been the sole title sponsor of the event since it began on Labor Day weekend in 2003. The PGA Tour boosted its status when it made the tourney the second of four legs of the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2007.