While many eyes will be on the St. Jude Invitational this weekend, serious golf fans will also be paying attention to the Barracuda Championship. While this is considered an alternative event on the tour, it is still an important one for the players involved, many of whom will be unfamiliar to the casual golf fan. The players taking part in the Barracuda Championship are playing for a chance to get into the PGA Championship, while others will be looking to do enough to maintain their PGA Tour Card for another two years. One thing to pay attention to here is that this evet uses the Stableford Modified Scoring System, which means that players try to accumulate points as opposed to playing to par. We don’t see this system very often, and that alone makes it fun to watch. Let’s take a closer look at some of the favorites for this weekend, along with their PGA odds.
Barracuda Championship Odds & Analysis
Russell Henley (+1800)
Like many of the players at this event, Henley has not put up any sort of eye-popping stats this season, but that is not to suggest that he has been poor. In fact, he does have a pair of top 10 finishes on the season, and while it has been several years since he last won on the tour, he does have 3 career victories under his belt. Henley looks to be the clear favorite here, but these events are always a bit of a crapshoot when it comes to picking an outright winner. Given the odds for a favorite, though, he would be well worth throwing some money at.
Brendan Steele (+2200)
I am going to go out on a limb and pick Steele to come out on top this weekend. He returned to action after the lockdown and struggled in his first event back, failing to make the cut. Since then, though, he has put in some nice performances in tournaments featuring players who are way higher in the rankings than those he will go against this weekend. He finished T6 at the Travelers Championship and was T13 at the Memorial last weekend. Overall, he has 3 top 10 finishes this season, so I think he is the man to beat here.
Ryan Moore (+2200)
Moore has landed a couple of top 10 finishes, and while he struggled to find his best after the return to action, there are signs that he is getting his groove back. When the PGA returned in June, Moore got things rolling by missing 3 straight cuts. That type of form is hard to bounce back from, but he restored some calm with a T32 finish at the Memorial before posting a T12 finish at the 3M open. Moore looks to have his confidence back, so he is certainly worth looking at in this group.
Alex Noren (+2200)
This is another player well worth a look this weekend. If you look at his PGA Tour stats, you see that he has zero wins, which would probably turn you away rather quickly. That said, though, the Swede has no less than 11 wins in international tournaments, so it’s not like he doesn’t know his way to the top of the leaderboard. He is coming off a strong performance at the 3M Open, where he finished T3. It would not be a surprise to see a similar performance this weekend.