Players not at the Open Championship get a crack at a win at the Barracuda Championship. Check the 2023 Barracuda Championship Odds and our free golf betting picks!
The Open Championship has many unique qualities with its standing as the final major of the year and the only one to be held outside the United States. Another unique aspect is that it is the only major that has another sanctioned event playing at the same time. The Barracuda Championship is a joint event between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour as players from each tour who do not qualify for the British Open will compete here.
Since it is an alternate event, the winner gets 300 FedEx Cup points instead of the typical 500 and doesn’t receive a berth at The Masters. A win, however, remains valuable since it gives a two-year tour exemption and entries into the PGA Championship, The Players Championship, and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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, Chez Reavie won last year with 43 points, which was better than Alex Noren. Since the tournament adopted this format in 2012, Erik van Rooyen has the record with 50 points in 2021.
The Old Greenwood course at Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California, hosts this event for the fourth time. It’s a par 71 and is long at 7,480 yards, but it’s also at 6,000 feet above sea level, so the ball will travel farther than it does most weeks. Some par 4s are drivable, but there’s also a monster 631-yard hole awaiting the pros at the par-5 No. 2.
Keith Mitchell and Stephan Jaeger are clear co-favorites going into this tournament with odds at +1250. Mitchell hits it long and straight, which will work well on this course, and he has his best opportunity to win since logging his only victory at the Honda Classic four years ago. Mitchell was posting strong finishes earlier this year (fourth at Pebble Beach, fifth at Riviera), but he’s on a seven-event run outside the top 10. In fact, his best finish in that run is a 20th at the U.S. Open.
Jaeger, on the other hand, is on a run of playing over the weekend in nine consecutive tournaments. His best finish of the year came three weeks ago, when he finished ninth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and he has two other top-15 finishes in that span.
Taylor Pendrith (+1750) was the favorite last week at the Barbasol Championship and finished sixth. Last year, he came in 13th in this event and was 11th the year before. Even more impressive, he co-led the field in Greens in Regulation at Keene Trace, and consistent play can easily lead to a win.
Mark Hubbard (+2000) was sixth at the John Deere Classic two weeks ago and opted for some rest instead of a trip to the Genesis Scottish Open last week. Now rested and ready for a playoff run, Hubbard would love to add a win to his resume here that includes a fourth last year and two other top-20 results.
Vincent Norrman (+2000) took advantage of an alternate field last week by notching his first PGA Tour win at the Barbasol Championship. Typically, a letdown might be expected, but another alternate-field event gives Norrman a chance to pick up more valuable FedEx Cup points for a late playoff push.
Defending champion Chez Reavie is at +2500. He’s quietly put together a nice resume in Spring 2023 after a slow start to the year. He’s currently made the cut in 10 of his last 11 tournaments. In that span, he’s finished in the top 11 three times, including a season-best fourth at the Travelers Championship a month ago.
Akshay Bhatia (+3000) was a popular pick last week, and while the 21-year-old didn’t win, he did place ninth at Keene Trace. Bhatia is taking advantage of his Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour, so we’re expecting another good result this weekend.
Grayson Murray (+4750) was among the favorites last week and came in seventh place. It was his second top 10 in a row after coming in sixth the week before at the John Deere Classic. Those are the 29-year-old’s only top 10s of 2023, but they’ve come at the right time, and he’s picking up momentum in an event that will be devoid of big-time players. Last week showed that a big underdog can win one of these alternate tournaments, and it could very easily happen again this time around.
Speaking of underdogs, Nathan Kimsey (+5000) nearly did the unthinkable last week: win in his PGA Tour debut. The Swede who plays on the DP World Tour lost in a playoff at the Barbasol Championship. The Englishman also won the Challenge Tour (the DP World Tour’s feeder circuit) in 2022, so it’s unlikely that he will be intimidated or adversely affected by his close call a week ago. His talent could win out here this week.
Even if a major longshot doesn’t win, the winner will provide a nice payday. Of our favorites, we like Mitchell and Pendrith. Norrman to repeat would be asking for a lot, but we do like Hubbard at the +2000 mark. We’ll also go for value with Bhatia, Murray, and Kimsey. Remember, due to the importance of making the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs due to its heightened impact in 2024, everyone on this field is playing for something despite not teeing it up with the game’s best in England.
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