Barracuda Championship 2021: Form guide for this week's Stableford event in California

The Old Greenwood course at Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, in California
The Old Greenwood course at Tahoe Mountain Club is one of the PGA Tour's most scenic locations

The Old Greenwood course at Tahoe Mountain Club stages the Barracuda Championship for the second time. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"This would be the perfect event for 25-year-old Aaron Wise to re-discover his confidence. The South African-born American has had a couple of T10s since early May and was eighth at Tahoe Mountain Club last August."

It's that time of year again when the PGA Tour changes format from strokeplay to Stableford - but for one tournament only.

This week's Barracuda Championship will once again be played at the California ski resort of Tahoe Mountain Club, which made its Tour debut 12 months ago.

Located almost 6,000 feet above sea level, Tahoe Mountain Club replaced Montreux which had been the tournament host for the previous 21 instalments.

According to the tournament fact sheet, and because of its height above sea level, "it is not uncommon to have frost on the golf course every month during summer."

Tahoe Mountain Club is barely 30 miles from Montreux, and is laid out within 600 acres of picturesque forest and meadowland.

Opened in 2004, the club's Old Greenwood course is surrounded by the many peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Towering pine trees line most of the fairways, while water comes into play on six holes.

The putting surfaces at this Jack Nicklaus-designed course are extremely undulating, which puts a premium on approach shots.

On the tee

Because the tournament is being played during the same week as the prestigious WGC St Jude Invitational, the strength of its field is well below average for a typical PGA Tour event.

None of the world's top-60 ranked golfers are competing here this week, although there are some familiar faces teeing-up - namely former US Open champ Gary Woodland and ex-No 4 Matt Kuchar.

Woodland was tied-11th on his most recent outing, although Kuchar has struggled for the past 16 months.

The latter has failed to post a single strokeplay top-10 this season, although he did reach the semi-finals of the WGC Match Play event in March.

Last year's runner-up Troy Merritt might fancy his chances this week, with the world No 89 chasing a third victory on the PGA Tour.

He came close in Detroit last month when losing a play-off at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Latest odds for the Barracuda Championship

This would be the perfect event for 25-year-old Aaron Wise to re-discover his confidence.

The South African-born American has had a couple of T10s since early May and was eighth at Tahoe Mountain Club last August.

Finally, the excellent progress being made by Guillermo 'Mito' Pereira continues.

At the end of April this year, the 26-year-old Chilean was world No 395.

Since then there have been two victories and one second-place finish on the Korn Ferry Tour, as well as consecutive top-10s on the PGA Tour.

On Sunday he was one of seven players involved in a play-off for the Olympic bronze medal (claimed by CT Pan), a result which moved him to No 103 in the World Ranking.

Stableford

The points' format for this week's 72-hole tournament remains as follows: Double Eagle: 8 pts; Eagle: 5; Birdie: 2; Par: 0; Bogey: -1; Double Bogey or worse: -3.

With more points awarded for a birdie, than a bogey, it is a system devised to encourage attacking golf.

The eight Stableford events at Montreux yielded winning totals that ranged between 43 and 49 points, while Richy Werenski posted 39 when he became Old Greenwood's maiden champion in 2020.

However, this lower figure may simply be a reflection on players getting to know a new venue for the first time.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Tahoe Mountain Club (2020)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22
Branden Grace MC 54 7 4 Wd
Emiliano Grillo MC 12 MC MC MC 8
Gary Woodland 11 MC MC 50 MC 14
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC Wd 50
Joel Dahmen 67 46 21 32 MC
Troy Merritt 39 MC MC 2 36 65 50 7
Harold Varner MC 11 MC 47 MC 47 32
Brendan Steele 67 MC MC 37
Maverick McNealy 16 18 21 30 20
Erik van Rooyen 58 MC MC 10
Adam Hadwin 6 MC MC MC 40 MC 8
Aaron Wise 69 66 9
Guillermo Pereira 4 6 5 34 MC 1 1 10
Thomas Pieters 16 35 12 29
Richy Werenski MC MC MC 25 MC MC MC 45
Brandt Snedeker 11 19 38 MC 60 50
Stephan Jaeger 28 MC 22 MC 38 2 53
Michael Thompson 39 41 MC MC 64 MC
Tom Lewis 67 40 55 25 47 MC MC
Doc Redman MC MC 61 2 42 59
Chez Reavie 11 59 18 MC 25 40 14
Tom Hoge MC MC 66 46 MC MC
Padraig Harrington 72 18 MC MC MC MC
Brandon Hagy MC 18 6 MC 50 MC
James Hahn MC 5 MC MC MC MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 58 MC 23 MC MC 50 MC 37 32
Nick Taylor 67 28 52 MC 44 42 62
Wyndham Clark MC MC MC MC 20
Ryan Moore MC 2 54
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC 13 67 MC
Mark Hubbard 16 20 41 MC 13 57 42 69
Kyle Stanley MC 41 41 54 42 8
Andrew Landry MC 64 MC 62
Sam Ryder 25 3 58 MC 54 MC 52 MC
Patrick Rodgers 39 5 23 41 76 31 50 MC MC
Greyson Sigg 60 47 22 62 32 MC
Brian Stuard 6 15 8 MC 30 MC MC 56
Ryan Armour 6 5 MC MC 61 8
Pat Perez 11 MC 14 MC 10 45
Brice Garnett 16 72 MC MC 5 MC 56
Nate Lashley MC MC 76 32
Scott Stallings 39 55 25 MC MC 67
Taylor Pendrith 19 11 4 30 MC 23 8
Adam Schenk 51 15 4 41 MC 68 65
Bo Hoag 16 11 47 32 MC Wd 13
Sung Kang 70 MC 74 MC MC 32 62
Russell Knox MC MC 41 MC 35 57 MC
Tyler Duncan MC MC MC 52 54 60 MC
Camilo Villegas 51 53 41 67 MC MC 69
Vaughn Taylor Wd 42 34 MC MC 52 18
Chase Seiffert 58 MC 28 MC MC 35 MC
Joseph Bramlett 65 11 MC MC MC 25 MC
Paul Barjon MC 42 MC MC MC 39 38
Scott Piercy 71 69 MC MC 19 Dq
Chesson Hadley 58 MC 34 52 MC 2
Will Gordon MC MC 28 MC 79 14 MC
Scott Brown 71 MC 4 52 MC MC MC
Brian Gay MC 64 MC MC MC MC MC
Robby Shelton MC MC MC MC 66 MC 57 32 59
Beau Hossler 49 15 MC 25 10 19
Austin Cook MC 47 MC MC MC 31 MC
Satoshi Kodaira MC 20 MC MC 36 19
Jimmy Walker 11 MC MC 71 70 6 MC
Lee Hodges 51 53 22 5 26 30 MC
Rafael Campos 57 MC 20 MC MC MC 56 61
Davis Riley 53 58 57 26 43 24
Cameron Percy 34 42 11 41 54 Wd 30 MC
Tyler McCumber MC MC MC MC MC 50
Bo Van Pelt 28 31 MC 71 MC 2
Ben Martin MC 58 MC MC MC
Roger Sloan 16 31 71 21 MC 52
Vincent Whaley MC 26 MC 58 MC MC 20
Bronson Burgoon MC 53 MC MC MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang 41 MC 26 73
Michael Gligic 49 19 MC 41 MC MC MC
John Huh MC MC 50 MC MC
Kris Ventura MC MC MC MC 70 MC
Fabian Gomez MC MC Wd 14 70 MC MC
Rob Oppenheim MC 70 58 MC MC 19 33
Luke Donald 16 MC MC 31
Mark Anderson MC 26 MC 8 MC 9
Josh Teater 65 15 MC 58 63
Austin Eckroat 16 72 MC 47 13 7
Sean O`Hair MC Wd 11 32 MC 34 MC
Kevin Tway MC 26 23 14 66 MC
JJ Spaun MC 47 64 32 47 MC MC
Scott Harrington MC 53 41 MC MC 44
Tommy Gainey 28 MC 62 MC 41 4 MC Wd
Wes Roach MC 47 50 44
Chris Baker 51 MC MC 58 26 60
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 39 MC MC* 39 MC
Aaron Baddeley 51 MC MC 41 44 66
Nelson Ledesma MC MC MC 41 MC MC
Nick Watney 34 37 50 MC MC MC
Michael Gellerman 16 MC 34 41 13 64
Rhein Gibson MC MC 34 MC 13 25 MC
Bill Haas MC MC MC 25
David Lingmerth 28 11 MC MC MC
Ryan Brehm 51 53 MC 67 MC MC MC
Sahith Theegala 37 MC MC 32 MC
DJ Trahan MC MC 58 MC MC MC
Zack Sucher MC 70 MC Dq MC MC 43
Sebastian Cappelen MC MC MC MC MC Wd
Greg Chalmers MC 31 68 MC
Andres Romero MC MC 26 MC
Jonathan Byrd 34 62 MC 57
MJ Daffue 51 62
Shawn Stefani MC 62 62 MC MC
Ben Taylor MC 20 MC MC 35
Sangmoon Bae Wd Wd MC 57 62 MC
Johnson Wagner MC MC MC MC MC
Derek Ernst 60 37 Wd MC MC MC 43
Alex Cejka MC
Martin Trainer 58 MC MC MC MC MC
Davis Thompson 73 31 58 MC 35
Michael Kim 39 72 MC MC MC MC
John Pak MC MC MC MC MC
Ricky Barnes MC 62 MC MC
Matt Every MC Wd MC MC MC MC
Dominic Bozzelli MC 40 MC MC MC MC
Hunter Mahan MC MC MC MC Wd
Sam Saunders MC
Arjun Atwal Wd MC Wd 49
Ben Crane MC MC
Robert Garrigus 31 64 MC
Ryan Blaum MC MC MC MC Wd
JJ Henry 58 MC MC MC 74
Alex Beach MC
John Daly MC
Parker McLachlin MC MC Wd
John Senden MC MC 62
Kevin Stadler MC MC MC MC MC MC 53
Michael Feagles MC
Matt Marshall
DA Points MC MC MC MC 75
Charlie Beljan MC MC
Richard S Johnson 58 MC 66
Jason Bohn 62 MC
Derek Zachman
Player 2020
Branden Grace Wd
Emiliano Grillo 9
Gary Woodland
Matt Kuchar
Joel Dahmen
Troy Merritt 2
Harold Varner
Brendan Steele 53
Maverick McNealy 7
Erik van Rooyen
Adam Hadwin
Aaron Wise 8
Guillermo Pereira
Thomas Pieters
Richy Werenski 1
Brandt Snedeker
Stephan Jaeger
Michael Thompson
Tom Lewis
Doc Redman
Chez Reavie
Tom Hoge
Padraig Harrington
Brandon Hagy 12
James Hahn
Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Nick Taylor
Wyndham Clark 35
Ryan Moore 12
Andrew Putnam
Mark Hubbard
Kyle Stanley 12
Andrew Landry
Sam Ryder 21
Patrick Rodgers 19
Greyson Sigg
Brian Stuard MC
Ryan Armour MC
Pat Perez 18
Brice Garnett
Nate Lashley
Scott Stallings 5
Taylor Pendrith
Adam Schenk 12
Bo Hoag 29
Sung Kang
Russell Knox 25
Tyler Duncan
Camilo Villegas
Vaughn Taylor
Chase Seiffert MC
Joseph Bramlett 12
Paul Barjon
Scott Piercy
Chesson Hadley 17
Will Gordon 41
Scott Brown
Brian Gay 41
Robby Shelton 59
Beau Hossler 21
Austin Cook 53
Satoshi Kodaira
Jimmy Walker
Lee Hodges
Rafael Campos
Davis Riley
Cameron Percy 25
Tyler McCumber 29
Bo Van Pelt MC
Ben Martin MC
Roger Sloan 41
Vincent Whaley MC
Bronson Burgoon MC
Xin Jun Zhang
Michael Gligic 25
John Huh
Kris Ventura 19
Fabian Gomez 3
Rob Oppenheim 29
Luke Donald
Mark Anderson 32
Josh Teater MC
Austin Eckroat
Sean O`Hair
Kevin Tway 35
JJ Spaun 48
Scott Harrington
Tommy Gainey
Wes Roach MC
Chris Baker 53
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Aaron Baddeley MC
Nelson Ledesma MC
Nick Watney MC
Michael Gellerman 61
Rhein Gibson 60
Bill Haas MC
David Lingmerth MC
Ryan Brehm MC
Sahith Theegala 41
DJ Trahan MC
Zack Sucher MC
Sebastian Cappelen MC
Greg Chalmers MC
Andres Romero
Jonathan Byrd MC
MJ Daffue MC
Shawn Stefani MC
Ben Taylor MC
Sangmoon Bae 35
Johnson Wagner MC
Derek Ernst
Alex Cejka 61
Martin Trainer MC
Davis Thompson
Michael Kim Wd
John Pak
Ricky Barnes MC
Matt Every MC
Dominic Bozzelli MC
Hunter Mahan MC
Sam Saunders MC
Arjun Atwal 53
Ben Crane
Robert Garrigus MC
Ryan Blaum MC
JJ Henry
Alex Beach
John Daly
Parker McLachlin MC
John Senden MC
Kevin Stadler
Michael Feagles
Matt Marshall
DA Points
Charlie Beljan MC
Richard S Johnson
Jason Bohn MC
Derek Zachman

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