Los Angeles - American Chris Stroud won the PGA Tour's
Barracuda Championship on Sunday, beating Richy Werenski and Greg Owen in a
Stroud posted an eagle on the final hole of regulation to
get into the playoff and record his first win in 289 PGA Tour events.
"To finally get one is unbelievable," Stroud said.
"I've putted with 15 different putters in the last two weeks and went back
to an old one."
"The putts started going in, and that was the only
difference this week."
Stroud, Werenski and England's Owen finished with 44 points
after regulation of the event at the Montreaux Golf and Country Club in Reno,
The tournament used the Modified Stableford system. Rather
than counting the total number of strokes taken, as in stroke play, Stableford
scoring involves scoring points based on the number of strokes taken at each
hole. The format awards eight points for an albatross, five for eagle, two for
birdie, zero for par, and subtracts a point for a bogey and three for double
bogey or worse.
Stroud scored a tournament-best 20 points in the final round
of the event. He carded an eagle, nine birdies and three bogeys in his 18 holes
Owen entered the final round with a five-point lead, but he
was eliminated on the first extra hole after making par while both Werenski and
Stroud made birdies.
Werenski was eliminated at the second extra hole after he
made a par as Stroud scored another birdie.
Leading point totals after Sunday's final round of the PGA Barracuda Championship, which uses a Modified Stableford scoring system that awards eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for any worse score (x-won at 2nd playoff hole; USA unless noted):
44 - x-Chris Stroud 9-3-12-20, Richy Werenski 11-15-4-14, Greg Owen (ENG) 9-14-14-7
41 - Tom Hoge 11-9-10-11, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 14-10-8-9
40 - Robert Garrigus 7-11-9-13, Derek Fathauer 7-14-11-8
39 - Sam Saunders 10-4-13-12
38 - Ryan Palmer 13-2-6-17, Patton Kizzire 13-6-10-9
37 - Martin Flores 6-8-11-12, Ben Crane 4-12-11-10, Dicky Pride 13-10-7-7
36 - Ben Martin 13-10-7-6
35 - Blayne Barber 5-11-9-10
34 - Ricky Barnes 7-9-15-3
33 - Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 8-4-13-8