|Location||Reno, Nevada, U.S.|
and Country Club
|Length||7,472 yards (6,832 m)|
|Prize fund||$3.1 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||267 Vaughn Taylor (2005)
49 points Geoff Ogilvy (2014)
|To par||−21 Vaughn Taylor (2005)|
The Barracuda Championship is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in western Nevada. Founded 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). The Reno–Tahoe Open gained its first title sponsor after the 2007 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.
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 total purse in 2014 was $3 million, with a winner's share of $540,000.
Since 2012, the tournament has used the Modified Stableford scoring system, last used in a PGA Tour event at the 2006 International. 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.
- Official website
- Coverage on the PGA Tour's official site
- Montrêux Golf and Country Club
- Montreux Golf & Country Club at Nicklaus.com
- Aerial photo and topographic map from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps