The Reno–Tahoe Open, presently known for sponsorship reasons because the Barracuda Championship, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in California. The purse was $3.5 million, with a winner’s share of $630,000. Collin Morikawa, who was the winner of 2019 Barracuda Championship was not playing Barracuda Championship this year because he was playing WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
A win is a win on the PGA Tour, and Richy Werenski was not any less fulfilled about taking the title on the final round at the Barracuda Championship than he would if the tournament wasn’t played similar week as a
World Golf Championship.
He took the title within the opposite field event at Old Greenwood in Truckee, California, with an eagle on the 16th hole and birdie on the 18th. Because of the modified Stableford scoring format, it had been enough to let him sneak past 54-hole leader Troy Merritt and win his first career PGA Tour title.
The Barracuda Championship is that the PGA TOUR’s only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring system. It encourages aggressive play by awarding positive points for birdie or better (8 for an albatross, 5 for eagle, and 2 for birdie 0 for par) and subtracted points for bogey (minus-1) or worse (minus-3) with Werenski ending the week on 39 points.
“I desire I have been playing well for the last couple months. But to get a success“, that is tremendous, Werenski said. “I have got a few seconds and everything, so this just helps my confidence. Presently I know I’m adequate.
Werenski reached the turn level-par for the day after bouncing back from bogeys at the first and sixth to birdie both par-three on the front nine.
Werenski birdied the 12th and 14th then holed out from the center of the fairway for eagle at the par-four 16th, before rolling during a 15-foot birdie at the last to line the clubhouse target.
Merritt had led overnight and extended his advantage by opening with consecutive birdies on the last day, before cancelling out a bogey at the 6th with a birdie at the eighth.
The world No 153 had a 30-foot chance at the last start to grab the victory after parring his way through the back nine, only to go away his putt short to end runner-up for the second year running.
Matthias Schwab made 13 points on final day to complete in tied-third alongside Fabian Gomez, with Scott Stallings during a share of fifth and 4 point back with Robert Streb.
Ten birdies on final day saw Aaron post the best round of the day and bounce into eighth spot, while Ireland’s Seamus Power completed a further point back in tied-ninth with Alex Noren and Emiliano Grillo.