When: August 3-6, 2017
Where: Montreux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nevada
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Greg Chalmers
TV Coverage: Golf Channel
The Barracuda Championship, formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open gets underway August 3-6, 2017. The event annually is scheduled the same week as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and gives the lesser-known players an opportunity to pursue their careers.
The tournament uses a modified Stableford system, which is entirely different than the usual stroke play format. Players are given points based on their performance on each hole. Eagles earn five points, birdies are worth two points and pars zero. A rare albatross earns eight points. Bogeys deduct a point and double bogeys or worse deduct three points.
Montreux Golf and Country Club will host this year’s event. The Jack Nicklaus design measures 7,472 yards and plays to a par 72. Due to the elevation in the Reno area, the ball will fly about 15 percent further than at sea level. We will see a few 350 yard drives and players will take advantage of the elevation.
Notah Begay won the first tournament played in Reno in 1999. Vaughn Taylor and J.J. Henry are the only two-time winners of the event.
The secondary tournament this week on the PGA Tour is the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada. The event has been in the Reno area since 1999, but in 2012 the event switched to it’s current Stableford format.
This is the sixth year of the Modified Stableford format, which awards points based on a player’s performance at each hole. Eagles earn five points, birdies are worth two and pars zero, with bogeys deducting a point and double bogeys or worse losing three points. The previous five editions all have one thing in common - the 54-hole leader prevails! Continue...
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Montreux Golf and Country Club is the host venue for this event and it has been since the inception of the tournament back in 1999. The only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design Golf Course in northern Nevada, these 18 holes wind through nearly 7,500 yard of our community.
It certainly is a picturesque setting with virtually the whole course being surrounded by forest, lakes and requires a golfer to use total driving ability. A very hot putter and ball striking is key as conditions are due to be windy. Stray from the fairway or green and bogeys are easy to come by.
Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title, eagling the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event.
The 42-year-old Australian broke through in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory.
A point ahead of Gary Woodland and needing at least a par on the par-5 18th to wrap up the victory, Chalmers made an 8-foot eagle putt after hitting a 320-yard drive and 230-yard approach. A few minutes earlier in the group ahead, Woodland three-putted for a bogey on 18.
Chalmers had a four-point round to finish with 43 in the system that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and deducts a point for bogey and three for double bogey or worse. He also had two birdies and five bogeys, the last two on Nos. 15 and 17.
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