Chris Stroud was somewhere between Reno and Sacramento when he called Monday morning to share his thoughts and thanks for that long awaited first PGA Tour victory in the Barracuda Championship.
Still running on adrenaline despite a taxing 16-hour Sunday, and 2 hours sleep, Chris and his caddie, Casey Clendenon, were headed to a flight that would take them from Sacramento; to Atlanta; to Charlotte, North Carolina, the sight of this week’s PGA Championship.
The winning birdie putt fell into the cup around 7 p.m. And it will be semi life-changing for Stroud, what with two years worth of PGA Tour exemptions and tickets into nearly every big event but the Masters.
Chris saw him for the first time after his Masters victory at the Byron Nelson classic, hugged him and congratulated him on the triumph that got the gigantic monkey of never having won a major off his back.
Clendenon, a Lamar standout a couple of years after Stroud was a dominant force there, and his caddie for the past six months, proved an invaluable asset throughout.
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