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Brian Stuard

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/10/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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Brian Stuard makes his fifth appearance at Bay Hill Club and Lodge as he readies for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The Michigan native has opened the new season with a 9-for-14 record that includes a pair of top 25s. Those finishes have him positioned at 95th in the FedExCup race. AT the moment, he ranks 1st on TOUR in driving accuracy, hitting 74.28 percent of fairways thus far. The putter has been surprisingly cold this season, but Stuard also holds the potential of getting hot with the flat stick. In four previous trips to Bay Hill, the highlight was a T16 in 2013, with the other three going for T60 or worse. The 34-year-old is not on the short list for most gamers this week. Mar 15 - 8:36 AM

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World No. 152 Brian Stuard enjoyed a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of The Honda Classic to reach 6-under 204, up 10 places to T7 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old is making his fifth appearance with missed cuts in 2010 and 2015, and top-30 finishes in 2013 (T29) and 2014 (T24). He checks in 7-for-12 on the season with two top 25s and is playing his eighth straight tournament. The Jackson, Michigan, native kicked off in 68-69 and silenced a lone bogey-5 at 11 with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 18, two of those were two-putt versions, another from 32 inches, and the most memorable a 14-footer from the fringe at the eighth.
Feb 25 - 5:23 PM

World No. 170 Brian Stuard had one top 10 in 20 starts last season, his playoff win at the weather-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans in May.

The Michigan native played 66 rounds in 2015-16 and led or co-led after three of them. All three of those came at the waterlogged Zurich, where it took FIVE days to get 54 holes completed and ultimately ended in a 3-man playoff on Monday. The Fort Worth, Texas, resident won as a pre-tourney 250/1 outright, claiming his first title in his 120th career start after entering the week on conditional status. He was a perfect 46-for-46 in putting from inside of 10 feet and went 20-for-20 in scrambling, just the fourth TOUR winner since 1992 with a perfect scrambling record. The 34-year-old has played 18 events since, missing seven cuts with no top-15 finishes. Digging deeper, he has two top 10s in his last 70 starts, a T10 at the WM Phoenix Open (100 weeks ago) and the win.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 08:12:00 AM

Brian Stuard rallied for a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to post 7-under 135, down two places on the live leaderboard to T5, two shy of 36-hole clubhouse leader Brian Harman.

The 33-year-old was 1-over on his lap thru 14 holes, outpacing birdie-2 at three (25 inches) with bogey-4s on holes eight and 11, before birdieing three of his final four holes. He circled the 15th from 7'4" and went back-to-back at 17 and 18, both from four feet and in. The Jackson, Michigan, native mustered 12 greens in regulation for a second straight round, and lost 0.777 SG: Around-the-Green, going 4-for-6 in scrambles. He did make three par-savers from between five and eight feet to avoid any further damage.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Brian Stuard styled a 5-under-par 34-32=66 during round one of the Deutsche Bank Championship to find himself in a share of second place with play still in progress.

Stuard really warmed up the putter today, splashing home five putts from 8'10" or longer. The most notable was a 21'2" birdie bomb at the par-3 11th hole, his second hole of the day after starting on the back nine. Despite missing a 4-footer at the par-5 seventh, he still managed to gain 2.168 strokes putting on the round. In nine rounds at TPC Boston, Stuard now has three rounds of 66 or better. On the flip side, he's posted five rounds at 71 or worse, so it appears to be all or nothing for the 33-year-old.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Brian Stuard pieced together a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the third round of The Barclays to reach 1-under 212, up 29 places to T32 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old has one top 10 this season in 17 events and that was his maiden TOUR win (120th career start) at the weather-shortened Zurich Classic (54 holes). He kicked off his third Barclays with 71-73 to sit one inside the cut line (T61), and played his first nine on Saturday in bogey-free 3-under, circling birdie-2s on Nos. 3 and 8, both from inside of six feet, and adding a birdie on the par-4 ninth from 18'5". After the break, the Michigan native squared three bogeys, all on failed scrambles, but leveled the card with birdie-3s at 12 (10'11") and 16 (19'3"), and birdie at the par-3 14th from the fringe (13'9"). He striped 12 (of 14) fairways but mustered just 10 greens in regulation, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 3.621 SG: Total. Stuard entered the week 70th in the FedExCup standings.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Brian Stuard scorched TPC River Highlands with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 during round two of the Travelers Championship, reaching halftime at 5-under 135.

Stuard striped 12 (of 14) fairways on the day to reach 25 fairways hit on the week. That's currently tied for first in the field. The accuracy off the tee helped set up 14 greens hit and his flat stick did the rest of the work. On the round, he rolled in three putts from 8-to-11 feet but more importantly didn't miss any short or mid-range looks. Stuard's putter is always reliable so it usually comes down how well he's striking the ball, and so far he ranks 23rd in the field, tee-to-green. Stuard posted a T25 at last year's Travelers, his best in four tries. He will now enter the weekend inside the top 10 with a good chance to improve upon that.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Brian Stuard launched up the leaderboard during the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, carding a 3-under-par 34-33=67 to reach 3-under 207 on the week.

Known for his great putting, it was surprising to see a missed 5'5" par-saving attempt at the first. That was all he needed to get dialed in, though, as he splashed home seven putts from outside seven feet from that point on. The most notable was a 23'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 15th hole. These putts were all set up thanks to some accurate driving, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways to give him a shot at hitting greens (11 GIR on the day). Making his WGC debut this week, Stuard sits in solo fourth place at the moment with three golfers still on the course ahead of him.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Brian Stuard fashioned a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach halftime on even-par 140, up 16 places to T10 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old opened his tourney and World Golf Championships debut with a four-bogey three-birdie 71 posting positive numbers in each strokes gained category with the exception of -1.074 in SG: Putting. He circled three against two in R2 and posted a sterling 3.872 in SG: Tee-to-Green and currently leads in that stat with a cumulative 5.777. The Fort Worth resident is 44th (of 58) in SGP however, recording another negative number in R2 at -0.654. He missed birdie putts at Nos. 5 and 8 from inside of five feet but did conjure four par putts from between five and 14 feet.
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Brian Stuard sparkled on the greens en route to a 3-under-par 35-32=67 to open his week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Stuard opened on the back nine and rolled in putts of 26'6", 9'11", 9'1", and 23'2" in four of his first five holes. There was a minor blip on the radar at the par-4 15th as he missed a birdie chance from just 3'10". His flat stick picked back up with a 28'5" birdie bomb at the par-5 third hole. Stuard walked off the course gaining 2.68 strokes with the putter which is not too rare since he ranks 49th on TOUR in that category. Stuard can remain in the mix as long as his tee-to-green play remains field average or better.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Brian Stuard has backed out of this week's DEAN & DELUCA Inviational, citing a nerve issue in his back. Tim Wilkinson will take his place in the field.

The Fort Worth, Texas, resident has to feel bummed about this pre-tournament WD, considering he was gearing up for a home game. After winning the 54-hole weather shortened Zurich Classic just four weeks ago, Stuard can now afford to take a week off. Taking his place in the field is Tim Wilkinson who arrives with top 30s in four of his last five starts, including a T4 at last week's Byron Nelson. The Kiwi finished T51 in his 2014 debut at Colonial Country Club, and this will be his first trip since.
Wed, May 25, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Brian Stuard scribbled a bogey-free, 3-under-par 35-34=69 during the closing round of the weather-shortened Zurich Classic, remaining blemish-free on the week at 15-under 201 as he heads into a three-man playoff with Byeong-Hun An and Jamie Lovemark. UPDATE: Stuard outlasted Jamie Lovemark and Byeong-Hun An in a three-man playoff, securing his first career PGA TOUR victory.

Stuard did not look sharp today but his scrambling remained perfect (20-for-20 on the week). In the third (and final round) specifically, he landed just 11 greens in regulation after missing five (of 14) fairways. His flat stick was not exactly cold today, he just didn't give himself many realistic par breaking opportunities. He did rope in a 27'7" birdie bomb at the par-5 second hole but that would be his only putt made from outside 7'6". UPDATE: Stuard traded pars with Jamie Lovemark on the first playoff hole and then stiffed his approach shot on the second playing of the par-5 18th to circle a birdie and secure his first PGA TOUR victory. Stuard was a flawless 46-for-46 from inside 10 feet this week. With this win, Stuard receives a two-year status exemption, entry into the 2017 Masters, and a vault up the FedExCup standings from 184th to 38th.
Mon, May 2, 2016 11:49:00 AM

The third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was abandoned at 4:40 p.m. CT due to inclement weather and will resume at 7:00 a.m. Monday, with the tournament being reduced to 54 holes. UPDATE: The third (and final) round resumed at 7:00 a.m. Monday.

The Zurich is nearing snake-bit territory with six of the last seven rounds either delayed or suspended due to bad weather. They mustered but 1 hour and 15 minutes of third-round play on Saturday before the horn sounded at 1:15 p.m. CT. Five hours 42 minutes later, play was nixed for the evening. Thirty-four of 82 players that made the 36-hole cut didn't get out of the starting blocks. Play resumed as scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Sunday and was suspended slightly more than two hours later. All 82 were able to get underway at least, with 36-hole leader Brian Stuard sharing the top spot with 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, both on 13-under total thru five holes. The tournament needs about a 4-hour window on Monday to get 54 holes completed so the results can be official.
Sun, May 1, 2016 05:51:00 PM

First-round co-leader Brian Stuard tacked on a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the two-day second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to reach the midpoint on 12-under 132, good for sole possession of the 36-hole lead.

Second-round play is still in progress but it's doubtful anyone will catch Stuard, who's leading by one over Jamie Lovemark and 18-hole co-leader Jhonattan Vegas, who were both in the house on Friday. The 513th-ranked player in the world was 2-under thru 12 holes, 10-under total, when play was suspended due to darkness yesterday. He returned on Saturday to play his final six holes in 2-under circling back-to-backs on holes 7 and 8 from 14'4" and 10'5", respectively, and remains bogey-free thru 36 holes. In total, the 33-year-old circled four on the card -- penciling birdies on 1 and 2 on Friday -- on 12 greens in regulation, and at last glance, is pacing the field in strokes gained: putting at 7.842, including 1.454 in R2.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:40:00 AM

Brian Stuard ransacked TPC Louisiana with a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 during the first round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

It was all putting, all the time, today for Stuard. He splashed home par-saving rolls from 32'5" (par-4 12th) and 19'11" (par-3 17th), but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Stuard also fired in seven birdie putts from outside seven feet, four coming from 11 feet or longer. He walked off the course having gained 6.446 strokes with the flat stick, the third highest single-round putting performance for any golfer on TOUR this season. There is no way Stuard can maintain this pace on the putting surface but luckily this round gives him a nice cushion as he moves toward a much needed big finish.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 06:12:00 PM