TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Chez Reavie doubled its lead to six points on Saturday in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event.
A day after a 19-point round, Reavie, 40, scored nine points — making five birdies and a bogey — to reach 37 points at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course.
“I hit the ball really well today for most of the day,” Reavie said. “I didn’t really make a lot of putts, I looked a lot good and luckily made a few in the middle. Hit a few bad incoming shots and was able to save a few pars. I wasn’t quite together today, but I did everything well at different times.
Players get five points for the eagle and two for the birdie. One point is deducted for bogey and three out for double bogey or worse.
Martin Laird of Scotland was second. He birdied the last three holes of a 13-point round.
“I love this tournament,” Laird said. “I always like to play at altitude, I like being in the mountains. I live in Denver, so it’s not strange for me to know how far the ball goes. I kind of know my numbers at that altitude, which is good.
Alex Noren and Cam Davis were nine points behind at 28 after 12-point days. Brice Garnett and Henrik Norlander had 27 points.
Reavie is trying to win for the third time on the PGA Tour, after the 2008 Canadian Open and the 2019 Voyageurs Championship.
He highlighted his solid ball-striking through the first three rounds.
“I gave myself a lot of stares every day,” Reavie said. “When I shot 9 under, I made a lot of putts. Today, I didn’t do the same. The first day, I didn’t do the same. The first day I made an eagle which kind of saved me, then I got this contribution when I drew 9 cents which saved me.
The Arizona player birdied the par-5 sixth and the par-3 seventh of the front nine. He added birdies on the par-4 11th, par-5 12th and par-4 14th, before dropping a point on the par-3 15th with his only bogey in three rounds.
“I’m just looking to hit it in the fairways, hit it on the greens and give me a few looks,” Reavie said.
The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour.