31st Jul 2017 | Barracuda Championship
Barracuda Championship Trends
The Barracuda Championship (formerly the Reno-Tahoe Open) is the only tournament on the PGA Tour to use a Modified Stableford scoring system.
The Barracuda Championship is the only tournament on the PGA Tour to use the Modified Stableford system. The format favours attacking golf as birdies are worth 2 points, whilst bogeys only count as -1.
The change in scoring was introduced in 2012, prior to that the Barracuda Championship (known as the Reno-Tahoe Open) was a regular stroke play event.
Birdie Average isn’t a strong indicator
Logic suggests players who have a high birdie average should do well at the event but that wasn’t the case in 2012. J.J. Henry scored 43 points on the way to victory but only ranked 169th on tour for birdie average. Runner-up Alexander Rocha ranked 186th!
Top-60 in eagles per hole
Eagles are worth disproportionately more points than birdies; five vs two despite there only being a stroke difference. 2015 runner up Kyle Reifers made five eagles during the week, last year’s champion Greg Chalmers made two.
Top-60 on tour for GIRs
A trend that ties three of the last five winners together. In an event where it pays to be attacking, you still need to hit greens in regulation to create scoring opportunities.
Top-60 on tour for 3-putt avoidance
Three of the last five winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for 3-putt avoidance. This seems logical for a modified stableford tournament. In the desperate pursuit for points, players could get too aggressive on the greens, leading to 3-putts.
Players that fit all three trends: