Barracuda Championship tees off at Old Greenwood

Chez Reavie celebrates after tapping in a putt to win last year's Barracuda Championship.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 25th annual Barracuda Championship is underway at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course, bringing some of golfing’s best to Truckee.

Play got underway on Thursday at the par 71, 7,480 yards course, marking the fourth year Tahoe Mountain Club has hosted the PGA TOUR’s only stop in area.

This year the Barracuda Championship will feature nine players within the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings, headlined by the 47th ranked player the tour, Nick Hardy, returning champion Chez Reavie, and two of the top collegiate players, Sam Bennett and Ben Carr.

This year’s winner will take home $684,000 as part of a $3.8 million purse. The tournament is the only one in the PGA to use the Modified Stableford scoring format, which, rather than counting strokes, involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Spectators are being encouraged to bike to the tournament as part of the Bike to the Barracuda initiative, which rewards those who pedal out to Old Greenwood with 20% off daily tickets along with a free beer from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

The first round of the tournament got underway Thursday, and will run through Sunday. The Barracuda Championship is one of three events (outside the majors and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play) featured on both the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup and the DP World Tour’s Race to Dubai in 2023. The tournament offers the winner benefits on each Tour, including 300 FedExCup points, 710 Race to Dubai points, and a two-year exemption on both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour.

“Barracuda has done tremendous work supporting the tournament and Reno-Tahoe-Truckee area since 2014 and we couldn’t be happier to extend the partnership,” said PGA TOUR President and EVP Tyler Dennis, in a news release. “Barracuda continues to expand its impact through the tournament with sustainability initiatives and charitable giving in the region.”

Since its inception in 1999, the Barracuda Championship, overseen by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, has donated over $5 million to charity.

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