Barracuda Championship Winners and History

Barracuda Championship Winners and History

Barracuda Championship Winners and History

The Barracuda Championship has for most of its life been the alternate event to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (WGC-NEC) or the WGC FedEx St. Jude. For one year, it was an alternate 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 due to flooding, the Barracuda Championship awarded 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

PointsStrokes in relation to par
8Albatross (3 strokes under par)
5Eagle (2 strokes under par)
2Birdie (1 stroke under par)
−1Bogey (1 stroke over par)
−3Double 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 also on the PGA Tour at The International, which ran from 1986 – 2006.

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A complete list of Barracuda Championship winners follows:

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin
Barracuda Championship
2023Akshay Bhatia40 pointsPlayoff
2022Chez Reavie43 points1 point
2021Eric van Rooyen50 points5 points
2020Richy Wereinski39 points1 point
2019Colin Morikawa47 points3 points
2018Andrew Putnam47 points*4 points
2017Chris Stroud44 points*Playoff
2016Greg Chalmers43 points*6 points
2015J. J. Henry (2)47 points*Playoff
2014Geoff Ogilvy49 points*5 points
Reno–Tahoe Open
2013Gary Woodland44 points*9 points
2012J. J. Henry43 points*1 point
2011Scott Piercy273−151 stroke
2010Matt Bettencourt277−111 stroke
Legends Reno–Tahoe Open
2009John Rollins271−173 strokes
2008Parker McLachlin270−187 strokes
Reno–Tahoe Open
2007Steve Flesch273−155 strokes
2006Will MacKenzie268−201 stroke
2005 Vaughn Taylor (2)267−213 strokes
2004Vaughn Taylor278−10Playoff
2003Kirk Triplett271−173 strokes
2002Chris Riley271−17Playoff
2001John Cook271−171 stroke
2000Scott Verplank275−13Playoff
1999 Notah Begay III274−143 strokes

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