Stroud, Stuard in fifth at New Orleans

Published 7:56 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017

If Chris Stroud and Brian Stuard go on to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday, Stroud can thank his sister in part for the victory.

During Saturday’s third round at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Stroud, a 2000 Port Neches-Groves graduate, teed off from the 16th hole that sailed just off the fairway and hit Tammy Stroud from behind, with another person nearby witnessing Tammy get hit. CBS sportscaster and Lamar graduate Bill Macatee said during the telecast Tammy was OK.

But during the alternate-shot format, Stuard stepped up to nicely place his shot from the wood chips lining the cart path along the fairway onto the green from just a few feet away. Stroud then converted the putt for a birdie on the par-4 hole.

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Stuard and Stroud made two birdies and a bogey in the third round, finishing at 1-under 71 for the round. The followed an 8-under 64 on Friday and 4-under 68 on Thursday.

They are fifth at 203, six behind leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. A win would earn Stroud and Stuard $1,022,400 each as well as PGA Tour exemptions through the 2018-19 season.

Stuard won the event last year, when it was a single-man tournament. This year’s Zurich Classic marks the first time since 1981 the PGA Tour is conducting an event with two professionals teaming together.

Sunday’s round will air from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Golf Channel and resume at 2 p.m. on CBS (KFDM-6).

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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