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The PGA Reshuffle: What Happens When You're Not Making Money was what caught my eye. It was Scott's most recent post, and as I read it... then read his previous posts... I was captivated by the narrative. It's Scott's personal story and it brings to life his dreams... and his disappointments... many of which are certainly shared by touring pros everywhere as they attempt to build sustainable golf careers. I'd first heard about Scott... and his blog... via an interview he did for The Grill Room, with Golf Magazine senior editor Alan Bastable.
Scott started the blog a couple of years ago and writes regularly. His early posts find him grinding along on the Nationwide Tour. He describes the frustration when he narrowly missed getting on the PGA Tour in 2009 and the joy of finally getting there in 2010. He talks about the crazy travel schedule, the relationships he has with his caddie and swing coach, the money issues and missed cuts... and the sheer unpredictability of it all. For the casual golf fan... and even for avid fans... I suspect many of the stories in Scott's blog would be a revelation.
Jennifer manages the couple's complicated, constantly changing itinerary and acts as devil's advocate for her sometimes overly optimistic husband. She's also a talented photographer... and a prolific blogger in her own right. Life on the Road is where Jennifer chronicles the unconventional touring pro lifestyle from a partner's point of view. Like her husband she describes the hardships as well as the joys and paints an engaging, eye-opening picture.
If these stories can be heard over the cacophony that surrounds the glamorous lives of top players, I'm sure they'll find an enthusiastic audience... even in this fragmented golf media landscape. In fact, with the proliferation of new online golf platforms and multimedia golf entertainment networks, a well produced web series starring Scott and Jennifer Stallings might not be that much of a stretch. In the meantime check out Chief Executive Golfer and Life on the Road for an ultra-engaging glimpse into the lives of the real rookies of the PGA Tour.
In a one-hole sudden death playoff today, Scott won the 2011 Greenbrier Classic.