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Down 20 pounds after stomach bug, Tyler Strafaci makes pro debut at Nelson

Tyler Strafaci is actually mountaineering up his pants and attending to work this week as knowledgeable.

After battling a nasty stomach virus final week at the Walker Cup, Strafaci stated that he misplaced near 20 pounds – two loopholes on his belt – and remains to be recovering as he readies to make his pro debut at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

“It was a struggle for three or four days,” he stated Wednesday. “I spent a couple days in and out of the hospital. Lost 20 pounds, so I’m still kind of recovering from it. But I feel good. I’m starting to get my appetite back, keep food down, which you don’t really think that would be an issue. But it was a tough few days for sure.”

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It wasn’t fairly the ending the reigning U.S. Amateur champion envisioned when he delayed turning pro so he might characterize the U.S. at the Walker Cup. Forced to withdraw a half hour earlier than his Day 1 match, Strafaci wound up going 0-2 at Seminole, however he was nonetheless a part of a 3rd consecutive American victory. He stated he and his teammates have been so spent from the week that all of them went to mattress earlier than midnight Sunday.

Strafaci, 22, had been working onerous on his health, bumping his weight as much as 175 pounds. But when he checked within the locker room Tuesday, he was all the way down to 160 – together with his sneakers on.

“So it’s going to be eating a lot on the course and just keeping a level head and getting through four rounds,” he stated.

A former Georgia Tech standout, Strafaci has a busy upcoming schedule, with begins right here at the Nelson, Colonial, Memorial and the U.S. Open within the subsequent two months.

“It’s one of those things that if I play well, hopefully, I get some more opportunities. And if I don’t, just Monday qualify and try to get on that way,” he stated. “So it’s all out in front of me if I play well, and it’s a great opportunity.”

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