While Justin Thomas took care of business in Akron, Ohio, another tournament was being played at Montreaux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada. The 20th edition of the Barracuda Championship marks the 7th year since the tournament changed from stroke play to a modified stableford format.
Stableford scoring rewards players with points for scores on holes as versus stroke play which uses total strokes as your score for the hole. The scoring for this modified stableford format breaksdown like this: eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie, zero points for a par, negative one point for a bogey, and negative 3 points for a double bogey or worse.
Since a birdie helps a player twice as much as a bogey hurts them, the modified stableford format favors players who go for it. Andrew Putnam went for it, and with a birdie on the 72nd hole, held off Chad Campbell by 4 points to win his first career PGA Tour event.
On top of a nice payday, this victory sets up Andrew Putnam with a bit of security and a few extra perks. His win earned him a two year exemption on the PGA Tour plus invitations to next week’s PGA Championship and the Tournament of Champions next year.
Andrew Putnam plays a mixed bag of clubs, check out what’s in the bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2016 (8.5 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Silver 65X shaft
Fairway wood: Cleveland Launcher DST (13 degrees), with Miyazaki Black 85X shaft
Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro (18 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD Hybrid shaft
Irons: Srixon Z745 (3, 5-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 (50, 56 degrees bent to 55, 60 degrees bent to 59.5), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot RX Rosie
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV