A silver lining in Viking washout


There isn’t much positive news one could take from the Viking Classic washout. A tournament faced with the potential search for a new title sponsor after 2010 is wash, rinse, repeated into a watery miss while players from 126 to 150 on the money list missed an opportunity to keep their day jobs for next year.

Count Chris Stroud, however, among those who benefited from the Viking Classic washout. Stroud, who jumped to 111th on the money list after his tie for eighth at the Frys.com Open, planned to take the Viking Classic off for the birth of his first child and then return for this week’s finale at Disney to protect his job for 2010.

When the Viking was canceled, Stroud’s status was assured for next year and the birth of Halle Grace last Friday prompted him to withdraw from the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Took awhile, but “Shag Bag” was able to track down a silver lining to that month-long storm cloud that washed out the Viking.