Richy Werenski is the 2020 Barracuda Champion

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Another Barracuda Championship has come to an end, and this time Richy Werenski took home the trophy.

The 22nd annual Barracuda Championship is behind us, and it was a @CudaChamp year of firsts. 

New champion 

Let's start with the new Barracuda Champion, Richy Werenski. This is Richy's first PGA Tour title, and you can see it coming together in his highlight video here:  

Richy is the 12th player to win his first title at the Barracuda Championship, which is the only PGA Tour event that uses Modified Stableford scoring. The Stableford format helped him score several points in just a few shots; enough to overcome Troy Merritt and win the event by one point.

New venue, new views 

This was also the first year that the event was held at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course, and we had great feedback from the players. In a pre-event virtual hangout with Barracuda and friends, 2017 Barracuda Champion Chris Stroud had nothing but praise for the venue:

“This might be one of the best courses on tour …. This is an absolute championship golf course, and the facilities are as good as it gets on the tour for us.”  

The Old Greenwood Golf Course is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design and is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 30 minutes outside of Reno and North Lake Tahoe. It's a beautiful area and a great course.

 

Adapting to new challenges

Unfortunately, the venue was not open to fans or special guests during the tournament. Pandemic-related restrictions kept the attendees to a minimum, and this was our first televised-only event. The Golf Channel was on-site to telecast the event for public viewing. In our hangout, Chris Stroud commented on what it meant to have fans onsite:

“It's easier to run a tournament when there are no fans there, and there are no crowds when you're moving back and forth from course to facilities. But you want people out here because you want to have all of the energy. You want to have booths and drinks and food, and as players we miss that interaction. We draw energy from the fans, and we play better.”

 

 

Barracuda tradition 

One thing that hasn't changed is the Barracuda Championship focus on charity. The event has raised $4.4 million for charity through the end of 2019. This year our Barracuda Bonus, Birdies for Charity, and other fundraisers brought thousands for charity and kept that Barracuda tradition going strong.

We are hopeful and excited for the chance to gather together at the next Barracuda Championship in 2021. Until then, we are grateful for the beautiful new venue and pleased to congratulate Richy Werenski on his first title win.

 

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