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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Modified Stableford Returns!

It's back! The Tour's alternate field event -- the Barracuda Championship -- with points-based scoring instead of stroke-based returns BUT on a new venue...

Defending (but absent) champion Collin Morikawa

One that may actually be better suited to the format.

First of all, defending champion Collin Morikawa won't be defending -- this year he's playing the WGC. But a number of players you know, like Maverick McNealy, Si Woo Kim, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele, Ryan Moore, Emilio Grillo and Richy Werenski will be fighting it out.

And now about that new venue...

The Montreux Golf & Country Club (in Nevada, between Reno and Lake Tahoe) was the previous site, but this year it is replaced by the Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood course near Truckee (still in Nevada). Jack Nicklaus designed Old Greenwood, which opened in 2004 and will play as a par-71 at 7390 yards.

But here's the cool part.

There are three driveable par-4s, plus three par-5s that can be reached in two. (Remember, they'll be at nearly 6000 feet above sea level.) So with eagles being worth 5 points, that gives players a potential 30 points just from these six holes!

Bear in mind that the 18-hole record at this event is only +22 points, and the 72-hole scoring record is only +49. I'm sure you can see the possibilities!

Because this is a West Coast event, GC's live coverage won't start until Thursday at 7pm ET. That means five hours of WGC followed by 2.5 hours of Stableford. Just how awesome is that going to be?

1 comment:

  1. The LPGA returns after a 5 month break with the Drive On Championship, a one off event meant to showcase the venue for next year's Solheim Cup, the Inverness Club, and take advantage of the proximity to the regularly scheduled Marathon Classic in a different area of greater Toledo. Neither event will have a gallery nor any sizable representation from the top nation in women's golf, South Korea.
    In case you're wondering where they all are, many of them will be teeing it up at this week's KLPGA event, the Jeju Samdasoo Masters, followed next week by this year's edition of the OrangeLife Champions Trophy Park Inbee Invitational, a team event. This year it will be the KLPGA vs a team of Koreans who compete internationally rather than just on the LPGA, so a few JLPGA veterans such as Jiyai Shin and Bo Mee Lee will be playing. The full forum thread on this event follows: