While most of the major stars on the PGA Tour compete at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee this weekend, 132 other Tour pros will compete in the 2021 Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California.
This event is unique as it’s the only one on the PGA Tour that uses the Modified Stableford scoring system. With this format, an eagle is worth 5 points, birdies are worth 2, par is no points, a bogey is -1, and double bogeys or worse is -2. For reference, Richy Werenski won last year’s event with 39 points.
Werenski is back in the field this year, where there is no clear-cut favorite. In fact, Werenski may be worth a flier at +5000! The course is a par-71, 7,390-yard track, but it plays shorter due to the altitude at Tahoe. The par 5s are all reachable and provide great five-point eagle opportunities.
Branden Grace, Maverick McNealy, Gary Woodland, and Emiliano Grillo are all favored and sit between +1600 and +1800 on the odds sheet. Grace was contending for last year’s title before a positive COVID-19 test forced him to withdraw halfway through the event, and he has a victory this year in Puerto Rico.
Woodland is solid in this format, as he’s a 2013 winner here and was runner-up in 2016. At the 3M Open two weeks ago, he was only one shot off the lead heading into the final round before faltering a bit to finish tied for 11th.
Mito Pereira is at +2000 and is coming off a great effort at the Olympic tournament, just missing out on the bronze medal in a seven-way playoff. He also has played well in high altitude this year, winning a Korn Ferry Tour event in Colombia a year ago.
Troy Merritt (+2200) performs well at this event, having finished in the runner-up spot in each of the last two years. But he has missed the cut in two out of his last three events, so he’s hoping a friendly course will bring his game back to where it was.
Taylor Pendrith is at +3500, and the length of the course favors the Canadian’s game, as he leads the field with strokes gained off the tee in 2021 with 1.54. Pendrith finished tied for 11th at the Barbasol Championship last month and has a fourth-place finish to his credit on the Korn Ferry Tour in recent weeks as well.
Pat Perez (+5500) is someone worth looking at further down the board, as he’s been a runner-up here and has finished inside the top 15 in three of his last five starts on tour.
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