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June 23 2013

9:30 PM

Stroud struggles to solve No. 18

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- The third time wasn't a charm for Chris Stroud.

After twice blasting his drive north of 340 yards on the 18th hole at TPC River Highlands -- once in regulation, the other in his playoff with Ken Duke -- Stroud came to the finishing hole for the second time in sudden death and again hit driver and again left himself at what turned out to be a baffling yardage for the Texan.

Only this time he wasn't able to extend the playoff, making a par while Duke made birdie.
 
So why not hit 3-wood instead?

"I thought about that, but after hitting two drives right down the middle, and I was thinking to myself, there's no way it can end up in the same exact spot three times," Stroud said. "I hit three little bit different drives and they ended up in the same spot. I thought the last one was further left, which would have been a lot better angle.

"If I'd have hit 3-wood and I'd have been further back, I might have been able to stop it. But I think I had a better chance from that 90-yard shot I had."

And with that, Stroud left TPC River Highlands without any regrets.

Said Stroud, "I gave myself a chance, and that's all you can ask for out here."

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