Barracuda Championship: Andrew Putnam celebrates first PGA Tour title

Last Updated August 06 2018, 07:41Golf
Andrew Putnam poses with the trophy on the 18th hole after the final round of the Barracuda Championship
Andrew Putnam poses with the trophy on the 18th hole after the final round of the Barracuda Championship

Andrew Putnam celebrated his first PGA Tour title after sealing a four-point win at the Barracuda Championship with a round of four-under 68.

Final round report

Andrew Putnam celebrated his first PGA Tour title after sealing a four-point win at the Barracuda Championship with a round of four-under 68.

Already leading the field as the final day began at the Montreux Golf and Country Club, Putnam picked up three shots on the way out, only dropping one on the fifth.

The 29-year-old scored two more birdies after the turn to complete the round with nine points, bringing his total to 47.

Chad Campbell bagged 11 points with a five-under-par 67 to place the American in second, while countrymen John Oda and JJ Spaun tied third after each picking up eight points by going round in 69.

The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

William McGirt of the US shot the round of the day, picking up 20 points with a nine-under 63 that saw him card eight birdies and an eagle to rocket 43 places into sixth.

Having climbed up the rankings on day three, Ireland's Shane Lowry suffered a disappointing final round, carding one over par to eke out a solitary point and fall from just outside the top three into 15th with 31 points overall.

It left him tied with Scotsman Martin Laird, who dropped eight places after his one-under round of 71 afforded him only five points.

Round three report

Chad Campbell carded a tournament-best round of 62 to put himself into contention at the Barracuda Championship.

The American - who was cut to 9/1 in Sky Bet's live outright winner market - rose 44 places to third on 32 points after a round including nine birdies, one eagle and a bogey on the par-4 14th.

Andrew Putnam leads the pack on 38 points after a 65 and he's the 11/8 favourite, with Sam Saunders (7/2) three points back in second.

The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

Sitting just outside the top three is Ireland's Shane Lowry on 30 points, while Scot Martin Laird carded a 69 to rise 13 places into a tie for seventh.

The leader after day two - Australia's Aaron Badderley - shot a 74 at the Montreux Golf and Country Club and is tied with Laird on 26 points.

Round two report

Australian Aaron Baddeley moved up two places and carded his second successive 66 to take a one-point lead at the half-way point of the Barracuda Championship.

Baddeley, now a 7/1 shot with Sky Bet, hit six birdies and did not drop a shot at the Montreux Golf and Country club, with his round giving him an overall score of 26.

The round-one leader Ollie Schniederjans is a point behind following a costly bogey on the third and an even more costly double-bogey on the par-3 seventh.

Three Americans - John Merrick, Andrew Putnam and Sam Saunders - are tied for third on 23 points, three behind the leader.

The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

Ireland's Shane Lowry moved up five places to tied-sixth with a round of 67, while compatriot Seamus Power is in a six-way tie for 13th.

Martin Laird dropped eight places to tied-19th on 17 points, while Graeme McDowell just made the cut on seven points.

Round one report

American Ollie Schniederjans sits top of the tree after the first round of the Barracuda Championship, three points ahead of his nearest rivals.

The 25-year-old went out in 33 and came back in 31, with his six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th giving him a score of 17.

Schniederjans is 11/2 favourite for his first PGA Tour title with Sky Bet.

"I really feel in control of my swing for the first time in a while," he said. "So I felt really good coming in. And I kind of wanted to just get playing, because I felt like my stuff was finally in a place really good.

"Yeah, huge confidence round, bogey free and a bunch of birdies and an eagles, a really, really good day."

Australian Aaron Baddeley and American Denny McCarthy finished with scores of 14, with the former carding eight birdies and two bogeys while McCarthy hit an eagle, six birdies and a double bogey on the ninth.

The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

Martin Laird is the highest-ranking Briton, with the Scot tied for 19th on nine and into 28/1, ahead of Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell tied for 68th with four.

Seamus Power is tied for 25th with eight points, Padraig Harrington tied for 43rd with six and the top Irishman is Shane Lowry whose 10 points put him in a nine-way tie for 10th, enough to see his odds cut to 18/1.

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