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Barracuda Championship

August 6th – 9th, 2015

Montreux G. & C.C.

Reno, Nev.

Par: 72 / Yardage:

Purse: $3.1 million

with $558,000 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Geoff Ogilvy

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

There is nobody in the top-50 of the world rankings playing in Lake Tahoe.  The field includes 2 of the top 100 in the latest Official World Rankings, #80 Tim Clark and #92 Kevin Streeelman.

The field includes nobody in the top-50 on the FedEx point standings for 2015.  The highest rank player is #56 Brendan Steele.

The field includes nobody in the top-50 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. The highest rank player is #59 Kevin Streelman.

The field includes ten past champions: Geoff Ogilvy (2014), J.J. Henry (2012); Matt Bettencourt (2010), John Rollins (2009), Parker McLachlin (2008), Steve Flesch (2007), Parker McLachlin (2006), Vaughn Taylor (2005 & ’04), Chris Riley (2002) and Scott Verplank (2000).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Barracuda Championship field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Barracuda Championship field in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Barracuda Championship field.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

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Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Barracuda Championship

Player Quicken Loans Canadian Open European Masters British Open Barbasol John Deere Scottish Open The Greenbrier French Open Travelers BMW Intern. U.S. Open FedEx St. Jude
Will Wilcox
(161.67 pts)
T21
(29)
DNP DNP DNP 2
(100)
T8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T12
(12.67)
Ollie Schniederjans
(144.33 pts)
T15
(35)
T22
(28)
DNP T12
(76)
DNP DNP T77
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T42
(5.33)
DNP
Andres Romero
(139 pts)
T21
(29)
T34
(16)
DNP DNP T10
(40)
DNP DNP T6
(40)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T14
(24)
CUT
(-3.33)
Austin Cook
(124.33 pts)
DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP T6
(60)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T22
(9.33)
Tom Hoge
(123 pts)
T39
(11)
T5
(70)
DNP DNP T16
(34)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T37
(8.67)
DNP T64
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
T12
(12.67)
Ricky Barnes
(115.67 pts)
T63
(0)
T11
(39)
DNP DNP T3
(90)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T67
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Whee Kim
(107.33 pts)
T11
(39)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T3
(90)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T67
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T45
(1.67)
Scott Langley
(103.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T22
(28)
DNP DNP T16
(34)
T35
(10)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP T25
(16.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Retief Goosen
(100.67 pts)
T46
(4)
T76
(0)
DNP T20
(60)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
CUT
(-6.67)
CUT
(-3.33)
Adam Hadwin
(92 pts)
T21
(29)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP DNP T18
(21.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Vaughn Taylor
(83.67 pts)
T30
(20)
T41
(9)
DNP DNP T10
(40)
T44
(4)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18
(10.67)
Brendan Steele
(70 pts)
T30
(20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T6
(40)
T25
(16.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Kyle Stanley
(68.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T23
(27)
T18
(21.33)
DNP DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP DNP T62
(0)
Mark Wilson
(64.33 pts)
T39
(11)
T22
(28)
DNP DNP T48
(2)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T7
(36.67)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
Ken Duke
(64 pts)
T30
(20)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T23
(27)
T67
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP DNP T29
(7)
Bryce Molder
(62.33 pts)
T39
(11)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T28
(14.67)
DNP T6
(40)
DNP T64
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Steve Wheatcroft
(55.67 pts)
T11
(39)
T58
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Ryo Ishikawa
(53.67 pts)
10
(40)
T85
(0)
DNP DNP T23
(27)
T72
(0)
DNP 76
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP
J.J. Henry
(50.67 pts)
T63
(0)
T41
(9)
DNP DNP T23
(27)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP T60
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
David Toms
(44.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T19
(31)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP T20
(20)
DNP DNP T62
(0)
Geoff Ogilvy
(41.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T40
(20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T18
(21.33)
DNP
Michael Putnam
(40.33 pts)
T59
(0)
T11
(39)
DNP DNP DNP T28
(14.67)
DNP T60
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP
Tom Gillis
(40 pts)
DNP T70
(0)
DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T68
(0)
DNP DNP T53
(0)
Hudson Swafford
(39.33 pts)
T21
(29)
T72
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T35
(10)
DNP T67
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T29
(7)
Brian Stuard
(39.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T22
(28)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
T18
(21.33)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T25
(16.67)
DNP DNP 74
(0)

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Barracuda Championship

Player Quicken Loans Canadian Open European Masters British Open Barbasol John Deere Scottish Open The Greenbrier French Open Travelers BMW Intern. U.S. Open FedEx St. Jude
Oscar Fraustro
(-40 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP 73
(0)
Ben Curtis
(-36.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Kevin Streelman
(-33.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP 77
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Andrew Svoboda
(-31.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
T58
(0)
DNP DNP T48
(2)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Carlos Sainz Jr.
(-31.33 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T48
(2)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Heath Slocum
(-30 pts)
DNP T74
(0)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
John Rollins
(-26.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T58
(0)
John Daly
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-20)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tim Petrovic
(-26.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Len Mattiace
(-26.67 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

For many years many wondered on the viability of this event.  No top players in the field, an event that takes second stage over the Bridgestone.  In a way it’s a shame.  This was Finchem’s grand idea to keep the bottom-feeders off his back about limited field event.  Unfortunely it’s been a struggle, this event has always had sponsor problems and over the years the tour has sunk some cash to keep it alive.  But that is all over as the folks that ran this event found California base Barracuda Networks to sponsor the event through 2017.  This is a great thing for this event.

One of the reasons this event was kept alive was the love the players had for it.  The weather is great, the course is great with players raving about it. Now in it’s 17th year, the field for this year’s Barracuda is good and  we will have this event for a while.  It’s amazing when you have players like Padraig Harrington want to play in this event instead of going to Bridgestone.

Making this event very different is going to the Modified Stableford system which is a change of pace for a PGA Tour event.  With this change it’s gotten many more excited than a dozen other events that have big time sponsorship but struggle to get a good field.  I feel that more casual golf fans will tune in because it is totally different and fun to watch.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Barracuda Championship:

Key stat for the winner:

Aggressive play, that’s the name of the game this week at the Barracuda Championship.  This will be the 4th year that the Barracuda (sounds strange, doesn’t it) has gone over to this scoring system making it one of the most distinctive events on the PGA Tour.  Along with the Accenture Match play, the two are the only tournaments on tour that aren’t stroke play events.  The modified version of the Stableford method is one that makes for a lot of excitement as points are awarded for low scoring and points taken away for poor scoring.  Nothing is given for par, with 2 points given for a birde, 5 points given for a eagle and for the rare double-eagle, 8 points.  For those that make a bogey they have to subtract 1 point and for a double bogey or worst 3 points are deducted.  So instead of the lowest number of strokes winning the tournament like the rest of the tour stops, the player making the most points wins.

Here are some more key stats to look to for this week:

  • Putting is always a key, you can’t make a lot of birdies without some decent putting.
  • Patience is a virtue, Weather in August in the high country of Lake Tahoe and Reno can be very unstable especially in the afternoon.  Thunder is to be expected and comes more time than the tournament would like.
  • Judgement of yardage is key, in a way it’s always a challenge to hit the right club.  A 200 yard shot to the ninth green at Montreux is a bit of an adventure compared to a 200 yard shot at Torrey Pines.  With the attitude being so high a 200 yard shot could be an 8-iron at Montreux while the same shot at Torrey Pines could be a six or five iron.
  • Pick your holes to gamble on, there are several holes were par is the score you should look for and if a player tries to force the issue it could lead very easily to a double bogey.
  • Never give up, you never know when a holed fairway shot could lead to an birdie and 2 points.  A player could be ten points down with nine holes left to play and can make up the difference very quickly.
  • The winner will be the player that hit’s it a ton, makes lot’s of eagles and birdies and finds a way to not make worst than a double on any hole.
  • Interesting to look at the winners of the International, a tournament that was played between 1986 and 2006 and used the same Stableford system.  Some of the marquee names of winners of the International were Phil Mickelson (twice), Greg Norman, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabal, Brad Faxon, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Davis Love III (twice).
  • One last thing is the weather.  For weeks now this area has seen high temperatures and very little rain, so look for a fast golf course.  As for the weather, each day is suppose to be good with only one possible bad day on Friday.  So look for a bomber to dominate this week.

 

 

Who to watch for at the Barracuda Championship

Best Bets:

Brendan Steele

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T25 4 T8

Knows what to do in this format, 14th longest driver on tour he will be in contention on Sunday.

Geoff Ogilvy

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
Win

Defender that is good in these conditions, last year this event saved him will be looking to repeat on that again this year.

Retief Goosen

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T25

The guy has had several good events this year and you have to think that he is close to busting out and winning, could be this week.

Best of the rest:

Jason Kokrak

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T48

Is T-11th in driving distance and has had some good events this year.

Jonathan Byrd

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T3 T2 T17 T14 WD

Guy is T-118th in driving distance but he seems to find a way to play well under this format.

Kyle Stanley

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T8

He needs to play well this week to have any chance back on tour for 2016, has the game and likes this format.

Andres Romero

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T27 T2 3 CUT

Ranks 45th in driving distance and has played well in this event. Look for him to be in the mix for the weekend.

Solid contenders

Ricky Barnes

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T8 62 T21 CUT CUT

Guy has played well this summer and has a chance to break it out. His disadvantage is driving distance, doesn’t hit it far but does make lots of birdies.

Rod Pampling

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
5 T26 T54 T18 T21 8 T3

Played well last year, he could get it together again this year.

Will Wilcox

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
CUT

Is T-46th in driving and 41 in strokes gained putting so this could be a good week for him.

Vaughn Taylor

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
61 CUT T38 T35 T26 Win Win

Won this event twice but at stroke play, looking to make a comeback on the PGA Tour and would really like to play well this week.

Long shots that could come through:

Ollie Schniederjans

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Has had a good start on his professional career, looking for another great finish to help him secure his card for 2016.

Austin Cook

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Could be a very good pick, has two top-tens in his last two starts, yes playing this event for the first time but he can hit it long and do well this week.

John Huh

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T3

A guy that has had a consistent year and could find the magic this week. Doesn’t hit it fair but finds a way to get it in the hole.

Comments

  1. Andrew S says:

    I wouldn’t really consider Austin or Ollie “long shots,” at least not betting-wise. I’ve seen Austin trading as low as 18/1; Ollie 30/1. Thoughts on Ortiz?

  2. Had to put them someplace, both may be playing well but for Ollie it’s only his third professional start and I think Austin has only played a half a dozen events on the PGA Tour.

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