Scott Stallings Gifts Framed Masters Invite To Namesake After Viral Mix-Up
Safe to say this Masters will live long in the memory for the Scott Stallingses
Scott Stallings has had his Masters invite framed and returned to his namesake, who was the original recipient after a bizarre mix-up that took the internet by storm.
Back in January, the American admitted he had been "checking the mailbox five times a day" as he waited for his invitation to tee it up in his third Masters, only to find out it had been sent to another Scott Stallings who lives in the same state and has a wife with the same name.
Needless to say the unusual error caused quite a stir on social media when the three-time PGA Tour winner posted the message he received, which read: "Hi Scott. My name is Scott Stallings as well and I'm from GA. My wife's name is Jennifer too!! I received a FedEx today from the Masters inviting me to play in the Masters Tournament April 6-9, 2023.
"I'm 100% sure this is NOT for me. I play but wow! Nowhere near your level. It's a very nice package complete with everything needed to attend. I think we have some confusion because of our names, our wife's names and geographical location."
With the case of mistaken identity cleared up, the Scott Stallingses would both get the chance to enjoy Augusta National, with the PGA Tour pro inviting his namesake to join him for the practice days ahead of the first men's Major of the year.
Now, the well-travelled invitation is set to go full circle, with Stallings commemorating the saga by getting it framed and presenting it to his amateur counterpart when he arrived at the iconic Georgia venue.
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As for what cause the original confusion, Dan Rapaport cleared it up, tweeting: "Turns out the invitation was sent to a now-defunct management company, and the Other Scott Stallings owns a condo adjacent to the building. Wild coincidence."
Stallings gets his third Masters and first since 2014 underway alongside Vijay Singh and amateur Matthew McClean at 8.12am local time (1.12pm BST) on Thursday.
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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