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Brian Stuard

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/10/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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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. Jun 9 - 1:21 PM

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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.
May 25 - 2:06 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.
May 2 - 11:49 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.
May 1 - 5:51 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.
Apr 30 - 10:40 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.
Apr 28 - 6:12 PM

Brian Stuard sets his eyes on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio for a third appearance at this week's Valero Texas Open.

The Fort Worth resident hasn't found much success here with a pair of missed cuts in two tries (2010,2015). More recently, he's just 2-for-5 on the season and also 0-for-2 on the junior circuit. Stuard still owns a career top-25 rate over 20 percent (25-of-118) but his current form is just too far gone to rely on at the moment.
Apr 20 - 4:21 PM

Brian Stuard grabbed a couple of paychecks over the fall portion of the schedule and will enter the new year ranked 110th in the FedExCup standings.

The fairways-and-greens specialist carded red numbers in six of his eight rounds over the fall. The result was a T39 and T25 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and The RSM Classic, respectively. Stuard remains a great option for gamers on shorter tracks, but his sub-285 drives put him at a disadvantage on many of today's courses.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 05:53:00 PM

Brian Stuard smoothed a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 at Sea Island Resort's Plantation Course in today's opening round of The RSM Classic.

This is how you christen a first-time co-host course. Stuard found all 14 fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation en route to four birdies. Remarkably, he parred all four par 5s, so it's probable that he thinks he left a couple of shots out there today. Nevertheless, he's just two strokes off the early clubhouse lead with the Seaside Course on tap tomorrow.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 01:39:00 PM

Brian Stuard returns to the Sanderson Farms Championship for the first time since 2010 and takes his first look at the Country Club of Jackson.

Last we saw Stuard on the big stage he was missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, and was one (of five) to get bumped out of the FedExCup Playoffs, having entered the week at No. 119. He ultimately finished 128th so he's beginning his fifth TOUR season on conditional status. The 32-year-old went the Tour Finals' route but missed three cuts on four starts and cashed a T56. Stuard's only other appearance at the Sanderson Farms went for a T59 in the 2010 edition held at Annandale GC.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Brian Stuard completed two rounds of the Wyndham Championship in 2-over-par 68-74=142, missing the cut by five strokes.

Well, if he fails to finish inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings, at least he didn't come close in his final effort to qualify for the Playoffs. Stuard alternated top 25s with MCs in his last eight starts, climbing inside and falling outside the bubble throughout. At the midpoint in Greensboro, North Carolina, he's projected to fall seven spots to 126th in points. Nicholas Thompson, who also missed the cut, is the only other set to lose footing inside the bubble as of tonight. Other notables who failed to cash include: 138--Hideki Matsuyama; Russell Knox; Billy Horschel; Brian Harman; Nick Taylor; Ollie Schniederjans ... 139--Alex Cejka; Brendon de Jonge; Boo Weekley ... 140--2010 champ Arjun Atwal; J.J. Henry ... 141--Brendon Todd ... 144--Daniel Berger.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 07:57:00 PM

Brian Stuard preps for his fourth look at MontrĂȘux Golf and Country Club at this week's Barracuda Championship.

Stuard arrives in Reno ranked 126th in the FedExCup race. He's done a fair amount of his damage recently, collecting three top 25s in his last six starts. Historically, Stuard has collected four top 10s in each of the past two seasons, but only has one thus far in 2014-15. Perhaps he is due for a second, but gamers should not target him as their top option this week.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 07:51:00 PM

Brian Stuard answered his opening 66 at the John Deere Classic with a 3-under-par 37-31=68 to post 8-under 134, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Someone was going to have to hang a number today, so it makes sense that it's a guy who went out in the first threesome off the 10th tee at TPC Deere Run. Stuard hit 14 greens in regulation again today, but found three fewer birdies than Thursday's eight. His longest today rolled 17'8" at the par-3 12th hole. He also swallowed a pair of bogeys before the turn. The 32-year-old will enter the weekend within reach of his first PGA TOUR title in this his 108th start.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Brian Stuard hung up a 5-under-par 33-33=66 for his opening round of the John Deere Classic, stopping short three swings back of the clubhouse co-leaders.

He has a top 10 and another three top 25s among 14 paydays, but still sits just 131st in the FedExCup standings. So, if you're going to lay a bet on a current bubble boy to sneak in, Stuard would be on your short list. He hit 14 greens in regulation at TPC Deere Run today and connected for eight birdies. Of those, five disappeared from outside 13 feet, three of which from longer than 21 feet. His highlight ran 35'4" at the par-4 ninth hole and he ranked fourth in strokes gained: putting (3.056) at last check. Stuard also squared one bogey and a double, but he didn't shoot himself out of this race yet.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 06:28:00 PM

Brian Stuard didn't waste his opening 64 at the Travelers Championship by adding a 3-under-par 36-31=67 in today's second round.

He totaled 13 greens in regulation today but shot birdie-free 1-over going out. It wasn't until he connected for birdie from just inside 18 feet at the par-4 10th that the lid came off the hole. Stuard circled four more, including a roll from 10'2" at the par-4 12th, but he closed bogey-par, the latter a round-long conversion from 18'8" at the par-4 finisher. At 9-under 131, the 32-year-old sits two strokes back of Bubba Watson's overnight lead. Stuard is still after his first PGA TOUR title in this his 106th start.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 06:30:00 PM