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PGA TOUR: Stroud, Landry stumble mightily at Palmer

Round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was a day that Port Neches-Groves exes Chris Stroud and Andrew Landry won’t be able to put in the
rear view mirror fast enough.

Stroud, who got into the tournament late after starting the week as the fourth alternate, opened with a double bogey and struggled to a 79 at Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando. Rusty after a long layoff, Stroud managed only one birdie and finished tied for 116th out of 122 players.

It was even worse for Landry who signed for an 80 after playing his first nine holes in 43. Playing the back side first, Landry had two double bogeys and four bogeys against a lone birdie.

Things got better early on the incoming nine for Landry as he birdied his 10th and 13 holes to get back to five over. But he concluded the round with
three consecutive birdies and is tied for 118th.

With the 36-hole cut projected be two or three over, odds are stacked heavily against either player being around for the weekend. Rafael Cabrera Bello is the first-round leader after shooting a 7-under-par 65.