Barracuda Championship

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This article is about the PGA Tour event. For the former Nationwide Tour event, see Reno Open.
Barracuda Championship
Tournament information
Location Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Established 1999, 17 years ago
Course(s) Montrêux Golf and Country Club
Par 72
Length 7,472 yards (6,832 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
(alternate event)
Format Modified Stableford
Prize fund $3.2 million
Month played August
Tournament record score
Aggregate 267 Vaughn Taylor (2005)
49 points Geoff Ogilvy (2014)
To par −21 Vaughn Taylor (2005)
Current champion
Australia Greg Chalmers
Montrêux G&CC is located in USA
Montrêux G&CC
Montrêux G&CC
Location in the United States
Montrêux G&CC is located in Nevada
Montrêux G&CC
Montrêux G&CC
Location in Nevada

The Barracuda Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in western Nevada. Founded 17 years ago in 1999 as the Reno–Tahoe Open, it is an alternate event played annually in August at the Montrêux Golf and Country Club, located midway between Reno and Lake Tahoe. Opened in 1997, the par-72 course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and plays at 7,472 yards (6,832 m); its average elevation is 5,600 feet (1,710 m) above sea level with an elevation change of 800 feet (240 m).

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 2015 was $3.1 million, with a winner's share of $558,000. 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 Barracuda Championship 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 Barracuda Championship was given the honor of awarding entry to the Open Championship to the leading non-exempt player.

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.

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.


Year Dates Player Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Opposite event
Barracuda Championship
2016 Jun 30 – Jul 3 Australia Greg Chalmers 43 points 6 points United States Gary Woodland 3,200,000 576,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2015 Aug 6–9 United States J. J. Henry (2) 47 points^ Playoff United States Kyle Reifers 3,100,000 558,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2014 Jul 31 – Aug 3 Australia Geoff Ogilvy 49 points^ 5 points United States Justin Hicks 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
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 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2012 Aug 2–5 United States J. J. Henry 43 points^ 1 point Brazil Alexandre Rocha 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2011 Aug 4–7 United States Scott Piercy 273 −15 1 stroke United States Pat Perez 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2010 Jul 18–21 United States Matt Bettencourt 277 −11 1 stroke United States Bob Heintz 3,000,000 540,000 Open Championship
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 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
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 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
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 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2006 Aug 24–27 United States Will MacKenzie 268 −20 1 stroke United States Bob Estes 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
2005 Aug 18–21 United States Vaughn Taylor (2) 267 −21 3 strokes United States Jonathan Kaye 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-NEC Invitational
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 WGC-NEC Invitational
2003 Aug 21–24 United States Kirk Triplett 271 −17 3 strokes United States Tim Herron 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-NEC Invitational
2002 Aug 22–25 United States Chris Riley 271 −17 Playoff United States Jonathan Kaye 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-NEC Invitational
2001 Aug 23–26 United States John Cook 271 −17 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-NEC Invitational
2000 Aug 24–27 United States Scott Verplank 275 −13 Playoff France Jean van de Velde 3,000,000 540,000 WGC-NEC Invitational
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 WGC-NEC Invitational

^ Modified Stableford System (2012−present)
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.


  1. ^ "Barracuda becomes title sponsor for Reno-Tahoe". PGA Tour. July 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ Barracuda Championship – Winners – at
  3. ^ Reno–Tahoe Open – Winners – at (1999–2009)

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Coordinates: 39°21′52″N 119°49′41″W / 39.3645°N 119.828°W / 39.3645; -119.828