Former PNG/Lamar golfer Chris Stroud birdied the 18th hole to shoot 3-under 68 in the first round of the PGA Champiionship at Quail Hallow.

Stroud was in a five-way tie for third place behind Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Kevin Kiosner, who both shot a -4/67.

Stroud made the turn at even par and then birdied 10 and 11 before his 20 foot putt on 18 sealed his first round score of 68.

The 35 year old from Groves got into the year's last major by winning the Barracuda Championship this past Sunday in Reno, NV.


Chris Stroud walked off the 18th green at Quail Hollow and gave one of the best interviews you'll hear this week from a Tour pro.

Oh yeah, and he and his caddy might have discovered the secret of golf.

On his caddy's mental trick: The truth is my caddie is -- any time I start talking about golf, he says, no, no, we're not going to talk about golf. Stay distracted. I have used so little energy out there, it's incredible.

"(We talk about) anything but golf. We talk about science. We talk about spirituality, baseball, football, Texans, Houston Astros. Anything to keep my mind off golf. As soon as I hit it, I'm talking about something else. If I say something he goes, hey, hey, hey, we don't care about golf. It's just an experiment we tried last week and it absolutely worked."

Stroud's caddy is another former Lamar golfer Casey Clendenon.