Featured Groups: Barracuda Championship
A field of 133 players is set for this week’s Barracuda Championship, the only event on the PGA TOUR that uses the Modified Stableford scoring system. The host course is the 7,472-yard Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. Here’s a look at some of the featured groups (FedExCup points ranking in parentheses). Brian Gay (104), Vaughn Taylor (119), Troy Merritt (147) – Taylor is a back-to-back winner of the Barracuda Championship in the mid-2000s. He’s trying to solidify his spot inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings. So is Gay, who played well at the recent Barbasol Championship -- his T3 was his best result in three years. Merritt’s lone top-10 finish this season was a T8 at the Travelers Championship. Tee times: Rd. 1 – 10:44 a.m. ET off 10th tee; Rd. 2 – 3:44 p.m. ET off 1st tee. Aaron Baddeley (129), Greg Chalmers (175), Hunter Mahan (194) – With the FedExCup Playoffs starting at the end of this month, all three players need big performances in hopes of climbing inside the top 125 who’ll advance at the end of the regular season. Chalmers is still looking for his first top 10 since winning the Barracuda Championship a year ago. Tee times: Rd. 1 – 10:55 a.m. ET off 10th tee; Rd. 1 – 3:55 p.m. ET off 1st tee. Smylie Kaufman (131), Retief Goosen (160), Davis Love III (211) – Another threesome in need of a boost inside the 125. Kaufman’s lone top-10 finish this season is a tie for fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship. Goosen tied for second in March at the Puerto Rico Open, his best result in five years. Love will keep an eye out on another threesome at Montreux that includes his son, Dru Love. Tee times: Rd. 1 – 3:44 p.m. ET off 1st tee; Rd. 2 – 10:44 a.m. ET off 10th tee. J.J. Henry (130), Alex Cejka (140), Padraig Harrington (196) – Again, all three players are scrambling to move inside the top 125. Henry should come to Montreux with plenty of good vibes – after all, he’s won this event twice, in 2012 and 2015. Harrington, the three-time major winner, tied for fourth at last month’s Scottish Open on the European Tour. Tee times: Rd. 1 – 3:55 p.m. ET off 1st tee; Rd. 2 – 10:55 p.m. ET off 10th tee.
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