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Chez Reavie wins 2022 Barracuda Championship and becomes oldest golfer to win on PGA Tour this season

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — After several lead changes on the back nine, Chez Reavie suppressed when he needed to and emerged as the champion.

Reavie earned his third PGA Tour victory by winning the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course.

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Reavie finished with over 43 points after collecting 6 in Sunday’s final round. He edged out Alex Noren, who was second at plus-42.

Reavie, 40, is the oldest player to win the PGA Tour this year. It was his third career victory on the Tour. He was also in the lead after three runs in his two previous wins.

Reavie had plus-37 after Saturday’s round but struggled a little on his first nine on Sunday.

He said staying patient was key.

“I knew I was going to have to do it. I knew some guys were going to birdie a lot early on. I was hoping to be one of those guys, but the putter kind of let me down early,” said Reavie “I just tried to keep it as close to the hole as possible and make myself look good.”

2022 Barracuda Championship

2022 Barracuda Championship

Chez Reavie kisses the championship trophy after winning the 2022 Barracuda Championship at the Old Greenwood at the Tahoe Mt. Club in Truckee, Calif. (Photo: Tom R. Smedes/Special for Reno Gazette-Journal)

Reavie said he only looked at the score after the front nine, but then started checking all the other holes.

He collected 300 points in the standings and moved up to 49th in the FedEx Cup standings with the victory. He also won $666,000 for his efforts.

He also won the RBC Canadian Open in 2008 and the Voyageurs Championship in 2019.

Noren scored 14 points on Sunday. He was making his 132nd start on the PGA Tour and trying to become the Barracuda’s sixth consecutive winner.

Noren, from Stockholm, Sweden, turned 40 last week. He had been the first alternate at the British Open, but decided to play in the Barracuda, thinking no one would give up at St. Andrews.

He said the Old Greenwood course was a bit tricky on Sunday as the wind picked up early and stayed steady for most of the day.

“It’s been a rollercoaster week, obviously, but when you make the cut, you think, well, it’s been a great week anyway, and then I played well over the weekend and had a blast. “, Noren said. “If it was another tournament I might not have gone, but I’m loving this week and I wanted to have a vacation at home with the kids before the Playoffs started. I wanted to be able to take points , whether at the Open or here, I didn’t want to just miss the Open and then have to add a week.

Martin Laird finished third with plus-38 points; Mark Hubbard was fourth at plus-37 and Scott Gutschewski was fifth at plus-35.

Reavie is the first player 40 or older to win on the PGA Tour since Lucas Glover at the 2021 John Deere Classic.

He finished 43rd last year at the Barracuda and his best finish in the event was 42nd in 2009.

The Barracuda switched to the modified Stableford scoring system in 2012.

It was Laird’s best finish of the season.

He played with Reavie on Sunday and said the gusty winds made things a little tougher than earlier in the week.

Reavie and Laird said they plan to play in the 3M tournament in Minnesota this week.

Laird said being away from the golf course for a while earlier in the week paid off.

“I feel like my game has been pretty good for a while. It was funny this week, my family went out and I literally didn’t practice, I just had a very relaxed week and I had my best week of the year. There’s a lot to be said for that,” Laird said. “Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and almost try to practice our way out of it, and sometimes we just get stuck in a rut. It’s the opposite; you just need to get out. I’m going to kind of embrace that philosophy next week and kind of be a lot more relaxed and go enjoy it.

It was his first time playing at Old Greenwood.

“I really enjoyed the old site, but this Old Greenwood golf course is fantastic. It’s a really good, fun golf course for this format so I can’t wait to come back,” he said. .

And 2023?

Dates for next year’s Barracuda have not been set. This is the last year of the current contract with Barracuda as the title sponsor of the tournament.

Tournament director Chris Hoff told the Reno Gazette-Journal that negotiations are ongoing and he said it is likely that Barracuda will return as title sponsor.

“We’re in renewal talks with them right now,” Hoff said. “We’re optimistic and they’ve had a great time this week and the last nine years have been amazing.”

The deal to host the tournament at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course runs through 2023.

In August 2021, it was announced that from 2022 the event would become a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour.

Rating

The Barracuda Championship uses the Modified Stableford Scoring Format, the first PGA Tour event to use the format since The International in 2006. Players are awarded points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole with the aim of obtaining the highest overall score. Albatros +8, Eagle +5, Birdie +2, Par 0, Bogey -1, Double bogey or worse -3. It is the only PGA Tour event to use the scoring format.

Broken streak

The last six Barracuda Championship winners were first-time PGA Tour winners.

  • 2016Greg Chalmers

  • 2017Chris Stroud

  • 2018 Andrew Putnam

  • 2019 Collin Morikawa

  • 2020 Richy Werensky

  • 2021 Erik van Rooyen

It was the longest streak of the Tour.

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