June 25 2013
Chris Stroud enters this week's AT&T National off a runner-up finish. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
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BETHESDA, Md. -- Chris Stroud spent a few hours Sunday thinking about what he could have done differently.
Other than chipping in from off the green again, the answer was nothing.
"I really couldn't come up with anything," said Stroud, who lost in a playoff Sunday at the Travelers Championship. "It was almost making me frustrated. It was like, 'What could I have done?' I did everything I possibly could to the best."
Stroud was too good, so good that he hit driver to nearly the exact same spot all three times he played the 18th hole at TPC River Highlands (once in regulation, twice in the playoff).
The result was an awkward downhill, sidehill lie in the fairway for Stroud, who struggled to hit his wedge close to the hole before eventually losing to Ken Duke.
"I played great, gave myself an opportunity," Stroud said. "Mentally, I was just as sharp as I've ever been."
Which brings Stroud to the AT&T National, where he hopes to carry the momentum of a runner-up finish to this week.
It's a fine line however -- he put so much into contending, yet will try to forget about it and move on to the next tournament.
"There's a good and bad side," he said. "The good thing is I don't feel like I need to practice too much to be ready for this week for the golf swing or anything. "It would be nice to have a week off, but I think I would probably lose that sharpness."