Barracuda Championship Winners and History
The Barracuda Championship has for seventeen years been the alternate event to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (WGC-NEC), and for one year, to the Open Championship. As an alternate event, the winner does not earn a Masters Tournament invitation. but does earn 24 OWGR points, 300 FedEx Cup points, a two-year tour exemption, and entry to the PGA Championship.
In 2016, as a consequence of the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic, the Barracuda Championship will award entry to the 2016 Open Championship to the leading non-exempt player.
The tournament is played at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club, located midway between Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Since 2012, the Barracuda Championship has used a Modified Stableford scoring system. The scoring system for Modified Stableford is below:
Modified Stableford Scoring System
|Points||Strokes in relation to par|
|8||Albatross (3 strokes under par)|
|5||Eagle (2 strokes under par)|
|2||Birdie (1 stroke under par)|
|−1||Bogey (1 stroke over par)|
|−3||Double bogey or worse (2 strokes or more over par)|
Unlike regular golf play, the winner of a Stableford tournament is the one with the MOST points. The advantage of Stableford Scoring is that it encourages aggressive play. Note that the reward for a birdie or better significantly outweigh the penalty for a bogey or worse.
The Stableford System last was used on the PGA Tour at the 2006 International.
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A complete list of Barracuda Championship winners follows:
|2017||Chris Stroud||44 points*||Playoff|
|2016||Greg Chalmers||43 points*||6 points|
|2015||United States J. J. Henry (2)||47 points*||Playoff|
|2014||Australia Geoff Ogilvy||49 points*||5 points|
|2013||United States Gary Woodland||44 points*||9 points|
|2012||United States J. J. Henry||43 points*||1 point|
|2011||United States Scott Piercy||273||−15||1 stroke|
|2010||United States Matt Bettencourt||277||−11||1 stroke|
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|2009||United States John Rollins||271||−17||3 strokes|
|2008||United States Parker McLachlin||270||−18||7 strokes|
|2007||United States Steve Flesch||273||−15||5 strokes|
|2006||United States Will MacKenzie||268||−20||1 stroke|
|2005||United States Vaughn Taylor (2)||267||−21||3 strokes|
|2004||United States Vaughn Taylor||278||−10||Playoff|
|2003||United States Kirk Triplett||271||−17||3 strokes|
|2002||United States Chris Riley||271||−17||Playoff|
|2001||United States John Cook||271||−17||1 stroke|
|2000||United States Scott Verplank||275||−13||Playoff|
|1999||United States Notah Begay III||274||−14||3 strokes|