The Barracuda Championship returns as an alternate event to the WGC-FedEx Invitational. This is an important week for many players around the top 125 in FedEx Cup points as there is only one week remaining in the regular season.
Tournament play will begin on Thursday, August 5th, and crown a champion on Sunday, August 8th. Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood) is the host of the event for the second year in a row.
Richy Werenski won his first and only PGA Tour title here in 2020 and is back to defend his title. The winner receives 300 FedEx Cup points and a large portion of the $3.5 million purse. With all that in mind, let’s take a a closer look at the upcoming 2021 Barracuda Championship so you can get ready to bet against their PGA Tour odds.
PGA Tour Betting – Barracuda Championship Preview
Tahoe Mt. Club was opened in 2004 and designed by Jack Nicklaus. The course plays as a par-71 and reads 7,425 yards from the tips. Set over 6,000 feet above sea level, Old Greenwood offers a trio of short and drivable par-4’s along with large greens.
Many players teeing it up in the event will be jockeying for position inside the top 125 in FedEx Cup points. Those players inside the number after next weekend’s Wyndham Championship lock up their card for next season and a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Three Olympians, Mito Pereira, Rafa Campos, and Thomas Pieters, travel from Tokyo to Lake Tahoe for the event. Seven players ranked 120-130 in the standings will be teeing it up fighting for their cards. Only Adam Scott (123), Ricky Fowler (125), and Charles Howell III (130) won’t be in Tahoe.
The Barracuda Championship handed out sponsorship invites to a handful of college players, including John Pak and David Thompson. Five-time PGA Tour winner John Daly will make his third start in a non-major this season.
About Modified Stableford Scoring
The Barracuda Championship is the only event on the PGA Tour schedule that uses this unique scoring approach. The scoring system encourages aggressive play and awards players who avoid the large numbers.
Modified Stableford scoring awards points based on the number of strokes taken on each hole. Scoring looks like this:
- Double Eagle: 8 points
- Eagle: 5 points
- Birdie: 2 points
- Par: 0 points
- Bogey: -1 point
- Double Bogey or worse: -3 points
The motto playing this scoring system is to attack the holes. A birdie gives the player two positive points, while a bogey would only hurt the player with one negative number.
With the betting odds up for the tournament, Maverick McNealy and Branden Grace sit atop the leaderboard at +1600 odds. McNealy finished solo seventh here last season, and a victory would give the 25-year old his first PGA Tour title.
Pereira and Emiliano Grillo can be grabbed at +1800 on the board. Pereira lost in a playoff in Tokyo for the bronze medal. Grillo placed T9 here last season and has a T12 (Open Championship) and T8 (Charles Schwab Challenge) finishes in his previous six starts.
Troy Merritt (+2200) rounds out the top-5. Merritt placed second here the last two seasons, including entering Sunday as the 54-hole leader in 2019.
The last five winners of the event were first-time winners on the PGA Tour.