Born: Feb. 3, 1982 in Nederland, Texas
Chris Stroud attended Port Neches-Groves High School where he made a decision to leave baseball, basketball, and football, and put all his efforts and skills, developed through his father, into his golf game. He was recognized in the National Junior Golf Rankings, and was pursued by many Division I college programs. He says to this day one of the greatest decisions he had ever made was committing to play at Lamar University where Brad McMakin and Brian White catapulted his golf career. As an amateur, he won the 2003 North and South Amateur and played on the 2004 Palmer Cup team.
Stroud turned pro in 2004. He played on mini-tours until earning his PGA Tour card at the 2006 , 2007, and 2008 Qualifying schools. He was not able to finish high enough on the money list to retain his card until 2009 when he finished 113th. His best performance in a PGA Tour event during these early years was a tie for fifth at the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
In 2010, Stroud earned the highest payout of his career so far of $237,500 for finishing tied for 10th at The Players Championship. In eight years on tour he has earned $8,351,617 and had finished in the Top 10 more than 20 times.
Stroud's best career PGA Tour finish so far is second at the 2013 Travelers Championship. He lost in a sudden-death playoff to Ken Duke on the second extra hole, after chipping in from the fringe on the 72nd hole for birdie to force the playoff.
In 2013, he lost to Ken Duke in a playoff at the Travelers Championship. On August 6, 2017, Stroud earned his first PGA Tour victory when he won the Barracuda Championship in a playoff over Greg Owen and Richy Werenski. It was his 290th PGA Tour start and he was playing on conditional status. At the 2017 PGA Championship, Stroud was near the top for the first three rounds before a final round 76 earned him a T9 finish. Prior to his win, Stroud was planning on retiring after the season.