KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Scott Stallings has received an invite to the Masters, and the Georgia resident will most likely be there — as a guest of the PGA Tour player of the same name for whom the coveted invite was intended.
Stallings, who qualified for the Masters by reaching the Tour Championship last year, didn’t realize what had happened until fellow Scott Stallings sent him a series of messages on Instagram l alerting to the confusion of e-mails.
“Hi Scott. My name is also Scott Stallings and I’m from GA. My wife’s name is Jennifer too! the man wrote. “I received a FedEx from the Masters today inviting me to participate in the Masters tournament April 6-9, 2023. I’m (100%) sure it’s NOT for me.”
Invitations were sent out to eligible players the week before Christmas, when club chairman Fred Ridley announced the criteria would be unchanged from the previous year. Stallings said he checked his mail every day and started wondering where his was.
“Honestly, I thought my wife had it and was doing something for Christmas,” Stallings told the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Monday. “But nothing came and we left two days after Christmas. I didn’t even think about it.
And then Instagram solved the mystery of the two Stallings, one of them from St. Simons Island, Georgia, the other a three-time PGA Tour winner from Knoxville, Tennessee, who is heading to the Masters for the third time.
He still hasn’t seen the actual invitation.
“I just saw a photo of the other Scott Stallings, with his wife of the same name as mine,” Stallings said with a laugh.
Stallings said he previously had a sports management company that had an office on St. Simons Island. The other man’s condo is next to the office building, and Stallings can only assume the delivery guy thought that was where the invite belonged.
“The guy said, ‘I saw my name and never considered it, but I opened it up and said, ‘It’s not for me,'” Stallings said. “He sent me a bunch of messages saying, ‘It’s not fake, I promise, I got it. “”
Stallings was a BMW Championship runner-up in the FedEx Cup Qualifiers, earning him a top-30 finish in the Tour Championship, which comes with a berth in the Masters.
Turns out the other Scott Stallings can also plan a trip to Augusta National.
“We’re going to give him practice round tickets and take him out to dinner on Monday night for doing the right thing,” Stallings said.