Reno–Tahoe Open

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Reno–Tahoe Open
Barracuda Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationTruckee, California, U.S.
Established1999, 21 years ago
Course(s)Tahoe Mountain Club's
Old Greenwood course
Par72
Length7,518 yards (6,874 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
(alternate event)
FormatModified Stableford
Prize fund$3.5 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate267 Vaughn Taylor (2005)
49 points Geoff Ogilvy (2014)
To par−21 Vaughn Taylor (2005)
Current champion
United States Collin Morikawa
Tahoe Mountain is located in the United States
Tahoe Mountain
Tahoe Mountain
Location in the United States
Tahoe Mountain is located in California
Tahoe Mountain
Tahoe Mountain
Location in California

The Reno–Tahoe Open, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Barracuda Championship, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in California. Founded in 1999, it is an alternate event played annually in July. Previously played at Montrêux Golf and Country Club outside Reno, Nevada, the tournament moved to Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood course, located in nearby Truckee, California in 2020.

Until 2010, the tournament was played in August, the same week as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. For its first three years, it had a full field of 156 players, while the World Golf Championship event had a field of about 40. When the WGC event expanded to about 80 players in 2002, the field for the Reno–Tahoe Open was reduced to 132 players. With the launch of the FedEx Cup in 2007, the tournament and the WGC event were moved from late to early August. In 2010 the Reno–Tahoe Open was played several weeks earlier, opposite the British Open in mid-July. This lasted only one year, as it returned to early August in 2011, opposite the WGC-Bridgestone.

The purse in 2019 was $3.5 million, with a winner's share of $630,000. The Reno–Tahoe Open gained its first title sponsor for the 2008 event, the Legends at Sparks Marina. After two years the name was returned to "Reno–Tahoe Open" in 2010. Barracuda Networks became the title sponsor in 2014.[1]

The Reno–Tahoe Open is an alternate event, which means the winner does not earn a Masters Tournament invitation. The winner still earns 24 OWGR points, 300 FedEx Cup points, a two-year tour exemption, and entry to the PGA Championship.

After flooding in West Virginia cancelled the Greenbrier Classic in 2016, the Reno–Tahoe Open was given the honor of awarding entry to the Open Championship to the leading non-exempt player.

Highlights[edit]

  • 1999: Notah Begay III wins the inaugural event.
  • 2006: Yūsaku Miyazato becomes only the second player in PGA tour history to score two holes-in-one in the same round.[2]
  • 2011: Scott Piercy wins in the final year as a stroke play event.
  • 2016: Greg Chalmers eagles the 18th hole, earning entry into the Open Championship. Chalmers was making his 386th PGA Tour start, the most among active golfers without a win, and only had veteran member status on the PGA Tour.
  • 2017: In his 290th PGA Tour start, Chris Stroud won after planning to retire at season's end.
  • 2019: In just his sixth start as a professional, Collin Morikawa birdies the last three holes to win.

Modified Stableford[edit]

Beginning in 2012, the tournament has used the Modified Stableford scoring system, last used in a PGA Tour event at the 2006 International in Colorado.

Points Strokes taken in relation to par
+8 Albatross (3 strokes under par)
+5 Eagle (2 strokes under par)
+2 Birdie (1 stroke under par)
0 Par
−1 Bogey (1 stroke over par)
−3 Double bogey or worse (2 strokes or more over par)

This points scale encourages aggressive play, since the reward for scoring under par is higher than the penalty for scoring over par.

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Player Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Barracuda Championship
2019 Jul 25–28 United States Collin Morikawa 47 points^ 3 points United States Troy Merritt 3,500,000 630,000
2018 Aug 2–5 United States Andrew Putnam 47 points^ 4 points United States Chad Campbell 3,400,000 612,000
2017 Aug 3–6 United States Chris Stroud 44 points^ Playoff England Greg Owen
United States Richy Werenski
3,300,000 594,000
2016 Jun 30 – Jul 3 Australia Greg Chalmers 43 points^ 6 points United States Gary Woodland 3,200,000 576,000
2015 Aug 6–9 United States J. J. Henry (2) 47 points^ Playoff United States Kyle Reifers 3,100,000 558,000
2014 Jul 31 – Aug 3 Australia Geoff Ogilvy 49 points^ 5 points United States Justin Hicks 3,000,000 540,000
Reno–Tahoe Open
2013 Aug 1–4 United States Gary Woodland 44 points^ 9 points United States Jonathan Byrd
Argentina Andrés Romero
3,000,000 540,000
2012 Aug 2–5 United States J. J. Henry 43 points^ 1 point Brazil Alexandre Rocha 3,000,000 540,000
2011 Aug 4–7 United States Scott Piercy 273 −15 1 stroke United States Pat Perez 3,000,000 540,000
2010 Jul 15–18 United States Matt Bettencourt 277 −11 1 stroke United States Bob Heintz 3,000,000 540,000
Legends Reno–Tahoe Open
2009 Aug 6–9 United States John Rollins 271 −17 3 strokes Scotland Martin Laird
United States Jeff Quinney
3,000,000 540,000
2008 Jul 31 – Aug 3 United States Parker McLachlin 270 −18 7 strokes England Brian Davis
United States John Rollins
3,000,000 540,000
Reno–Tahoe Open
2007 Aug 2–5 United States Steve Flesch 273 −15 5 strokes United States Kevin Stadler
United States Charles Warren
3,000,000 540,000
2006 Aug 24–27 United States Will MacKenzie 268 −20 1 stroke United States Bob Estes 3,000,000 540,000
2005 Aug 18–21 United States Vaughn Taylor (2) 267 −21 3 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye 3,000,000 540,000
2004 Aug 19–22 United States Vaughn Taylor 278 −10 Playoff Australia Stephen Allan
United States Hunter Mahan
United States Scott McCarron
3,000,000 540,000
2003 Aug 21–24 United States Kirk Triplett 271 −17 3 strokes United States Tim Herron 3,000,000 540,000
2002 Aug 22–25 United States Chris Riley 271 −17 Playoff United States Jonathan Kaye 3,000,000 540,000
2001 Aug 23–26 United States John Cook 271 −17 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly 3,000,000 540,000
2000 Aug 24–27 United States Scott Verplank 275 −13 Playoff France Jean van de Velde 3,000,000 540,000
1999 Aug 26–29 United States Notah Begay III 274 −14 3 strokes United States Chris Perry
United States David Toms
2,750,000 495,000

^ Modified Stableford System (2012−present)
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source:[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barracuda becomes title sponsor for Reno-Tahoe". PGA Tour. July 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Staats, Wayne (October 29, 2018). "These are the only three golfers to make two holes-in-one in same PGA Tour round". PGA of America. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Barracuda Championship – Winners – at pgatour.com
  4. ^ Reno–Tahoe Open – Winners – at golfobserver.com (1999–2009)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°20′42″N 120°08′35″W / 39.345°N 120.143°W / 39.345; -120.143