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                   === Stroud, Fisher share Wyndham lead ===
 
 Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher carded matching
 rounds  of  6-under 64 on  Thursday as they share  the first-round lead at the
 Wyndham Championship.
 
 This  is the  final event  before the  FedExCup playoffs  start next  week and
 players  are  fighting to get  into the top 125  on either the FedExCup points
 list or the money list to keep their tour cards for next year.
 
 Stroud  safely has his  card wrapped up for next year as he stands 50th on the
 money list. Fisher, on the other hand, is 166th on the money list and 162nd on
 the FedExCup points list, so he'll need a big week to keep his card for 2014.
 
 "My  manager just said you have nothing to lose, but you go out there all guns
 blazing and see what happens. That's the attitude I'm taking with me. I've got
 to go out and kind of almost win or finish very high up," said Fisher. "I know
 what  to do  and just got to  go out and enjoy it  and if it's meant to be, it
 will happen. If it's not, then, you know, I've had a fun experience, played 15
 events  and it's been good fun. I don't want it to end here. I want to it keep
 going and try to get in the FedExCup playoffs."
 
 Defending  champion  Sergio Garcia opened with  a 5-under 65. He was joined in
 third  place by Masters champion Trevor Immelman, Robert Garrigus, Matt Jones,
 Andrew Svoboda, Morgan Hoffmann, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.
 
 Stuart  Appleby carded a 4-under 66 at Sedgefield Country Club. He shares 11th
 place with Charles Howell III, John Senden, Bryce Molder and Chris Kirk.
 
 Stroud  started on  the back nine and  converted a 4-foot birdie effort on his
 opening  hole. He drained an 11-footer for birdie at 12, then birdied the 15th
 from 10 feet out.
 
 The  Travelers  Championship runner-up dropped  his approach at the first, his
 10th,  within five feet and converted that for his fourth birdie. Stroud found
 sand with his approach at the second and that led to a bogey.
 
 Stroud, 31, came right back with a 16-foot birdie try on the third. He birdied
 the  fifth  and sixth,  both from around  15 feet, before  a kick-in birdie at
 seven  moved him to  7-under. Stroud's drive at eight found water and that led
 to bogey. He ended at minus-6 with a par at the ninth, his last.
 
 "I  didn't hit  it that well, actually. I  think I only had one or two, really
 good  drives. I  think  I  hit four  or  five iron  shots.  I  kept myself  in
 position,"  Stroud  stated. "I made  a lot of good  putts. I probably made 150
 feet  of putts today. Not a bunch of 30 footers, just a lot from 8 to 15 to 20
 feet  and unusually don't make all those. Usually you make one, two a round if
 you're playing well, but it was nice. I kept myself in position. I kept myself
 below the hole."
 
 Fisher  also  started on the  back nine and like  Stroud, he birdied his first
 hole. Fisher ran off seven consecutive pars from the 11th. At the 18th, Fisher
 drained a 16-footer for birdie to turn in 2-under.
 
 The  32-year-old  sank a  8-foot putt  for birdie  on No.  3. Two holes later,
 Fisher's  second  at the par-5  fifth stopped within  seven feet and he rolled
 that putt in for eagle to jump within one of the lead.
 
 Fisher,  whose best finish this year on the PGA Tour is a share of 10th at the
 Wells  Fargo Championship,  poured in a 28-footer for birdie at the seventh to
 gain a piece of the lead. Fisher parred the last two end alongside Stroud.
 
 "I  would have to say the putter. Kind of let me down pretty much most of this
 year.  I've played  some really good golf over here, but haven't capitalized,"
 Fisher  admitted. "I think my best finish is like 10th at Quail so nice to get
 out  there  and play some solid  golf and to  see myself holing some putts was
 really, really pleasing."
 
 NOTES:  Fisher, who is  in his first season on the PGA Tour, had only made the
 cut in six of his 14 starts this year ... Stroud has made the cut in 14 of his
 22  events  ... Garcia  is hoping to  join Sam Snead  as the only back-to-back
 winners at this event.
 
 
 08/15 21:54:18 ET

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