Scott Stallings is no type, but after watching PGA Tour rookies Harry Higgs, Maverick McNealy, and Robby Shelton qualify for the 2019 BMW Championship

by finishing in the top 70 and failing again, Stallings realized that the three players share one common trait: a stat coach.

"I need to know what you did with them to help me," Stallings told Hunter Stewart, a former player turned stat guru.

Three years later, after hiring Stewart, Stallings not only made it to the first-ever BMW Championship this week on the South Course at Wilmington Country

Club in the First State but nearly won the tournament with a shot in the 2nd round. Stallings, who in his 12th year on Tour booked his first trip to the Tour Championship,

which is reserved for the top 30 in the FedEx Cup points standings throughout the season, had some pretty sweet consolation.

"That was my No. 1 goal to start the year," said Stallings, who entered the week ranked 47th and climbed to 12th in the FedEx Cup.

“I think competing against the best players in the world and getting to East Lake was better late than never.