Here's what I know about Chris Stroud, all of which I learned in the last twenty minutes or so. He hails from Georgia. He's on the PGA Tour. Yes he is, I can prove it. He's made 7 of 24 possible cuts this year until today. He went to Lamar University. They are the Lamar University Cardinals. Just what we need in nicknames, more Cardinals. Stroud has earned $129,845.00 on tour this year. His best finish to date is a T12 in the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Yup, I missed that one as well. His next best is a T49 in the Buick Invitational. I caught that one, but missed him. He finished 205th in FedExCup points, which only means you can't send him a COD package. He's 209th on the Tour money list which presents good symetry with his FedEx rating.
If young Mr. Stroud can get all of his butterflies to fly in formation for two more days his life stands to change considerably. Tall order, but it must be exciting for him. His -6, 64 today propelled him to the top of the leader board at the Valero Texas Open, formerly known as the Justin Leonard Invitational. The aforementioned Mr. Leonard's brilliance at this event was mitigated somewhat by a T68 finish after two rounds. Enigmatic Paul Goydos is tied with Tim Pertovic and Tim Herron for 2nd at -8, two back. There's an army of players at -7. So many in fact that I haven't the energy to type their names. Try The Golf Channel.
Good luck Mr. Stroud! That would be a story worth writing about should he hold his position on Sunday. Besides, I'm sure he's a good fellow. Kisses his Mom and all that. The unknowns are always the best stories at the end of the Tour season.
Go Red Sox !!!
Average Golfer Observation.....Who would have guessed that this week's Bubble Boy, #125 on the money list, would be former Masters Champion Zach Johnson?