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GOLF: Stroud finishes tied for seventh at Barracuda

Chris Stroud had surged to fourth place in the Barracuda Championship with three holes to go.

Back-to-back bogeys, however, hurt Stroud’s chances of repeating as the tournament champion, but the Groves native managed to come away with another top-10 finish in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday.

Stroud ended with a final-round of 8 using the Modified Stableford scoring system and tied for seventh with a 34.

The current Houston resident bogeyed three of his last five holes, costing him a chance to join John Oda and J.J. Spaun in a tie for third place.

No one caught up with Andrew Putnam, who rode momentum from two strong rounds to earn the victory. Putnam scored 47, with Chad Campbell coming in at 43.

In Modified Stableford scoring, eight points are awarded for each albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie and none for par. One point is subtracted for each bogey and three for a double bogey or worse.

His score was 10 after a nice approach gave him a 3-foot put for birdie on the 15th hole.

Stroud birdied six times (12 points) and bogeyed four times (minus-4). He shot 70 under traditional scoring for the round and 275 for the tournament.

Last year’s Barracuda Championship remains Stroud’s only career PGA Tour win. The seventh-place finish Sunday marks his best of 2018, topping an 11th-place result at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January.

At the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, another over-par round sent fellow Groves native Andrew Landry out of the top 50.

Landry shot 3-over 73 and ended up tied for 57th at 284. Justin Thomas won with a 265.

The PGA Championship begins Thursday in Town and Country, Missouri, in the St. Louis area.

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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