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Whilst the world's best players visit Firestone, Ohio, to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Tour undercard visit Reno; many of whom hoping amongst hope to deliver a top finish to try and earn their on-going playing rights. To best describe this freshly entitled Barracuda Championship (previously the Reno-Tahoe Open), the World Number 268, 219, 308 and 329 have won the past 4 renewals here. Favourites, don't win, but this is a tournament puzzle which can be solved. Read Steve Bamford's Barracuda Championship tips for 2014 click here
Tournament Facts & Scheduling
The Barracuda Championship is a secondary level FedEx Cup tournament which offers 300 points to the victor (full status PGA Tour winners earn 500 points). However for a field that's full of journeymen and rookies; most of whom are scratching around for a full PGA Tour card; the 2 year full exemption that's earned by the victor is absolutely priceless. Played across the same 4 days as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, this tournament is unique on the schedule as it is played under a Modified Stableford scoring format, which is designed to reward aggressive play. The Montreaux Golf and Country Club, is located at altitude, in the mountains that straddle the Nevada/California state border; and the long Nicklaus design undoubtedly favours the longer hitters.
Barracuda Championship Course Details
Montreaux Golf and Country Club, Reno, Nevada. Designer: Jack Nicklaus 1992, with 2002 Nicklaus renovation; Course Type: Desert, Resort; Par: 72; Length: 7,472 yards; Bunkers: 62; Fairways: Bentgrass Ryegrass Poa Annua; Rough: Kentucky Bluegrass with Ryegrass; Greens: 5,500 sq.ft average featuring Bentgrass Poa Annua Stimpmeter: 11.5ft Scoring Avg 2012: Stableford Scoring 2013: Stableford Scoring.
Previous Champions: 2013: Gary Woodland; 2012: J.J. Henry; 2011: Scott Piercy; 2010: Matt Bettencourt; 2009: John Rollins; 2008: Parker McLachlin.
2013: 44 Stableford; 2012: 43 Stableford Winners
Prices: 2013: Woodland - 40/1 2012: Henry - 40/1 2011: Piercy - 50/1 2010: Bettencourt - 200/1
Pre-Tournament Key Summary
The Modified Stableford Scoring System at the Barracuda Championship always makes for a fascinating tournament. Eagles and birdies are rewarded handsomely with 5 points and 2 points respectively whilst only a single point is taken away from a player's total for a bogey. Both J.J. Henry and Gary Woodland carded eagles on the way to their respective victories and both averaged a whopping 333 and 334 yards off the tee. As we know Montreaux is at altitude, but even so those that average over 295 yards off the tee have a definite advantage in Nevada.
This tournament is all about player motivation in my mind. Look for those that need a result and who have a history of good results in the desert' love Par 72s and who are attacking players that thrive on risk and reward setups.
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