Nearly all of the top golfers in the world – at least those not sidelined by COVID like world No. 1 Jon Rahm — are playing this week on the big-money, limited-field World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. But there’s is an opposite-field event for the rest of the professionals as well starting Thursday, the Barracuda Championship from the Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California.
With that, NitroBetting takes a deep dive into the 2021 Barracuda Championship. We line up all the necessary information you need to make educated picks. This preview shares event information, the latest Golf odds, favorites, and sleepers of the tournament, and our very own expert betting predictions.
2021 Barracuda Championship Tournament Info
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- When: Thursday, August 5, 2021 to Sunday August 8, 2021
- Where: Old Greenwood Golf Course, Truckee, California
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
Odds to Win the 2021 Barracuda Championship
- Maverick McNealy +1800
- Gary Woodland +1800
- Branden Grace +2000
- Emiliano Grillo +2000
- Mito Pereira +2000
- Troy Merritt +2500
- Ryan Moore +2800
- Brandt Snedeker +3300
- Patrick Rodgers +3300
- Thomas Pieters +3300
- Aaron Wise +3300
- Chez Reavie +3500
- Adam Hadwin +3500
- Harold Varner Lii +3500
- Taylor Pendrith +4000
- Pat Perez +4000
- Adam Schenk +4000
- Ryan Armour +4500
- Brian Stuard +4500
- Mark Hubbard +4500
- Scott Stallings +4500
- Beau Hossler +4500
- Joel Dahmen +4500
- Brendan Steele +5000
What to Expect at the 2021 Barracuda Championship
What the Barracuda Championship offers that no other event on the PGA Tour does is Modified Stableford. In this event, the higher the number after a plus sign, the better. The former Reno-Tahoe Open switched from the usual stroke play starting in 2012.
Modified Stableford scoring rewards aggressive play and works like this: eight points for an albatross (double-eagle), five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie, zero points for a par, minus-1 point for a bogey and minus-3 points for a double bogey or worse. There will be no laying up in this event.
Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course is a par 71 at about 7,425 yards. This event was held there for the first time a year ago and Richy Werenski won with 39 points, just one ahead of Troy Merritt. Werenski holed a flop shot from the fairway on the par-4 16th in the final round for a five-point eagle and birdied the last for a one-point victory. Werenski totaled 13 points on Sunday. He had lost this event in a playoff to Chris Stroud in 2017 at a different course. Werenski is +5000 to repeat. He also was a runner-up in 2017.
Last year was the fifth straight time that the Barracuda Championship victor was a first-time PGA Tour winner. Merritt’s 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win was just short. He finished runner-up for the second year in a row, also by three points to Collin Morikawa (when he was still a relative unknown) in 2019. Merritt is +2200 this week.
2021 Barracuda Championship Betting Stats
Since this shifted to Modified Stableford, Americans have won seven of the nine events, including JJ Henry in both 2012 and 2015. Aussies won the other two: Geoff Ogilvy in 2014 and Greg Chalmers in 2016.
Three of the 59 players who competed in the Olympics – American Xander Schauffele won the gold and is playing the WGC-St. Jude – are scheduled to play in the Barracuda: Pereira, Rafa Campos (+30000), and Thomas Pieters (+2800).
As for the betting favorites, Grace withdrew from this tournament in 2020, McNealy’s best result here is a tie for seventh, Grillo’s best is T9 and Pereira is playing here for the first time.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.