After rough stretch, Madison’s Brett Stegmaier one shot back at Travelers

(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Sometimes, it’s all in your head.

“When I played poorly, it was pretty rough. I was pretty hard on myself, and the people around me probably. It probably wasn’t fair to them.”

For Madison’s Brett Stegmaier, the mind was hard to overcome.

“I had a pretty poor attitude last year coming in here. You want to play well in front of the people that care about you, obviously.”

This time, things are different. The 33-year-old is one shot behind Jordan Spieth after the first round at Travelers, and feeling much better.

“I just kind of came in not really caring how I played, and just trying to carry that over the next few days.”

He says taking a step back and easing up on himself was a process. There was even a time when he considered quitting golf altogether.

“I ran out of money, and wasn’t enjoying it, but was fortunate to finally get through Q-school. I always seem to play well when I really, really needed it, which is what I need to do to get through this year.”

“It’s nice to have some good images to take from here. I’ll always remember this round.”

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