Hoffman, Hubbard lead Barracuda Championship after 1st round

Staff Report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Barracuda Championship began on Thursday and professional golfers Charley Hoffman and Mark Hubbard lead the field after the first round with 13 points.

Hoffman and Hubbard each recorded seven birdies and a bogey at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood in the second of two straight U.S. events co-sanctioned by the European tour.

Players in the modified Stableford scoring system receive eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three taken away for double bogey or worse.

Hoffman, 45, who has four PGA Tour victories, closed his round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.

“It’s just nice to be able to play golf,” said Hoffman, coming off a tie for 69th last week in the Scottish Open. “This year has been a tough year, with back issues. Back feels OK, so when it feels OK I want to play, so that’s why I’m playing. ”

The 33-year-old Hubbard is winless on the PGA Tour. He was third last week in Kentucky in the Barbasol Championship.

“I feel comfortable out here.” Hubbard said, a San Jose State graduate. “I’m from Colorado. I’m good with elevation, went to school two hours from here, so it kind of feels like a home event, anyway.”

Brice Garnett, Sean Crocker and Aaron Cockerill were tied for third with 12 points. Maverick McNealy was at 11 with Henrik Norlander, Michael Gligic, Callum Tarren and Jim Knous.

Former Pepperdine player Joe Highsmith had seven points in his first PGA Tour start as a professional. He’s playing on a sponsor exemption.

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