Barracuda Championship 2020: Free Online Tee times tv channel format has been announced for the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship golf 2020 event played in the Reno-Tahoe area of California, against the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
The Barracuda Championship field is comprised of 132 players, competing over 72 holes. The Barracuda Championship is the only PGA Tour stroke-play event that uses the Modified Stableford scoring system. The Modified Stableford scoring system is a version of stroke or medal play that awards points based on how a player scores against par on each hole. Here’s how the points are distributed at the Barracuda Championship.
Modified Stableford scoring system points
Albatross: 8 points
Eagle: 5 points
Birdie: 2 points
Par: 0 points
Bogey: -1 points
Double bogey or worse: -3 points
The player with the highest total after 72 holes wins. After 36 holes, a cut is made to the top 65 and ties, consistent with PGA Tour cut rules and regulations.
The format promotes risk-taking because there is a limit on what can be lost (players can pick up when they know they’re going to make no better than double bogey), while only awarding points to those that can go low. It works well at Montreux Golf and Country Club, whose nines were switched a few years back to end with an exciting stretch to promote aggression.
In the event of a tie in points after 72 holes, the Barracuda Championship playoff format becomes a sudden-death stroke-play affair, with the player earning the fewest strokes on a playoff hole advancing or winning the tournament. The Barracuda Championship winner earns a two-season PGA Tour exemption and invitations into the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The Players Championship in 2020. The winner also earns 300 FedEx Cup points.
It’s a busy week in the world of golf and a WGC in Tennessee means an opposite event in California – the Barracuda Championship.
The only PGA Tour event played in a modified stableford format, this represents a once-in-a-season opportunity for some of those who haven’t managed to make it to Memphis to contend at a lower level under a different set of rules. Victory here comes with a place in next week’s PGA Championship and guarantees entry to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, so it’s no exaggeration to say it can change a career.
Collin Morikawa was always destined for the top, but his journey was accelerated with an impressive victory last year as he passed fellow birdie-blitzer Troy Merritt to underline what’s required. With two points for a birdie versus just one lost for a bogey, and five for an eagle versus three lost for a double or worse, aggressive golf pays off here. He who makes 18 pars will score zero points; two eagles, two doubles, seven birdies and seven bogeys in an equal round of 71 makes for 11.
Typically the discrepancies between scorecards and points tallies aren’t anywhere near as pronounced, but there can be absolutely no doubt that attacking play is encouraged, and those who do venture into the mountains near Reno often talk about a change in mindset.
Things have been complicated a little for this year’s renewal, as long-time host course Montreux decided to pass the baton to Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course, which is just a little longer and plays to a par of 71 rather than 72. It’s still a Jack Nicklaus design, which is a good starting point – especially as both of Morikawa’s wins have come on Nicklaus layouts, logical given that they tend to be described as ‘second shot’, a department in which Morikawa is just about the best in the world.
It looks similar, too, but with one less par-five to go at, and a reported course record of 67, this might be a little tougher. Nevertheless, expect a stronger-than-usual field to produce some low numbers with organisers encouraged to set things up to entertain. At 6,000ft above sea level the ball will fly a mile, and not even greens with false fronts and severe undulations in places are enough to expect anything other than a shootout.
The list of champions here is as varied as you’d expect, with former US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and subsequent US Open winner Gary Woodland joined by J.J. Henry, Chris Stroud, Andrew Putnam and Greg Chalmers, before a superstar was born 12 months ago. Plenty of short-hitters have gone well down at Montreux and they will be in the conversation here, too, given that an adjusted yardage once altitude is factored in might be around the 6,600-mark – puny for the PGA Tour.
Ultimately though we are at a course we’re yet to see, and my staking plan is varied. The one thing that ties them all together is that each of the quintet played in last week’s 3M Open, the hope being they can follow Morikawa (albeit he played another event in-between) in carrying good form through to a course which ought to ask similar questions albeit with a few more sums to be done first of all.