Is Scott Stallings ready to be the next great young American golfer?

Is Scott Stallings ready to be the next great young American golfer?

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer
Scott Stallings has a five-shot lead at the Humana Challenge. (GettyImages)

As Sean Martin pointed out Saturday, Scott Stallings can insert himself directly into the "best young American golfer" conversation with a win Sunday in California.

I'm not sure what Anthony Kim is doing on that list, but the others are all household names for golf fans stateside.

Here's how they would rank in terms of PGA Tour wins with a Stallings victory Sunday:

Dustin Johnson - 7
Scott Stallings - 3
Keegan Bradley - 3
Webb Simpson - 3
Anthony Kim - 3

He's not in the stratosphere of that Johnson/Bradley/Simpson group because he hasn't done it in a major (his best finish at a major is T27 at last year's Masters).

Additionally, one of his PGA Tour wins came while everyone else was at the British Open last year, but wins are wins, and Stallings is starting to stack them up.

As Ryan Lavner pointed out only Rory McIlroy would have more wins than Stallings over the last 19 months.

The Humana Challenge would easily be his best victory to date. As I noted, the True South was a junk field, but the 2011 Greenbriar was a nice win as he beat Bob Estes and Bill Haas in the first hole of a playoff.

Stallings has been terrific all weekend -- 18 birdies, two eagles, no bogeys en route to a 66-65-63 start and five-shot lead -- but as has been noted by many, last year taught us no lead is safe (see: Stanley, Kyle).

Stallings is also vying to become the first golfer since 1974 to win a 72-hole tournament without a bogey.

Stallings will be paired with Roberto Castro and Stewart Cink in the final round. They tee off at 1:50 p.m. ET on Golf Channel (coverage starts at 2 p.m. ET).

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