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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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