No. 17 no heaven for Stroud


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Stroud had visions of something special, really special, as he turned toward home at TPC Sawgrass and the Stadiums’ demanding final turn.

A rushed swing and a missed putt ruined that notion for Stroud, who was 6 under for the day through 16 holes but finished bogey-bogey for a closing 68 and possibly his second consecutive top 10 at The Players Championship.

Stroud, tied for 12th when he signed his card, had an ominous preview for those who still had to play the final two holes – beware.

“(On No. 17) every 15 seconds the wind was switching. It’s down off the left, then into off the left, then down off the left,” said Stroud, who three-putted from 70 feet at the 17th hole. “It’s going to be a tough little shot.”

So far today there have been seven bogeys made at the 17th hole and two double bogeys.