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The Barracuda Championship: Big Opportunity for Career Breakthroughs and Revivals

Written by: Matt Cooper
Updated October 14, 2022
6 min read
  • PGA Tour action rattles on while the elite play the British Open
  • The tournament returns to the Tahoe Mountain Club 
  • Big opportunity for career breakthroughs and revivals

The Barracuda Championship Odds

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Player Odds 
Maverick McNealy +1200
Alex Noren +1800
Cam Davis +1800
Nick Hardy +2200
Taylor Pendrith +2200
Mark Hubbard +2500
Doug Ghim +2800
Rasmus Hojgaard +2800
Chez Reavie +3000
Martin Laird +3000

The Barracuda Championship Picks and Predictions

Rasmus Hojgaard is the outright pick at +3300 with DraftKings

Michael Gligic win at +7500 and top 10 at +700 with FanDuel Sportsbook

Sebastian Sodeberg top 10 at +1800 with DraftKings

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The Barracuda Championship Rasmus Hojgaard

The Barracuda Championship Profile

Originally known as the Reno-Tahoe Open, this tournament began life as an opposite field event to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational before taking on a similar role up against the Open.

It has also seen a move from Montreux G&CC in Nevada to new host the Tahoe Mountain Club high in California ski country.

It’s a dramatic spot and gets to witness the only event on the schedule that utilises stableford scoring.

In reality it doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the dynamic, but it does slightly favour more aggressive golf with an eagle worth five points, a birdie earns two, par nets nothing, a bogey loses a point and a double bogey or worse sees three points knocked off the card.

In the unlikely event of a double eagle (or albatross) then a player gets to notch eight points.

Recent editions have proved just how this tournament can transform careers at both ends of the spectrum.

Veteran Greg Chalmers won the 2016 renewal in his 386th start on the circuit, the highest number of starts among active members at the time without a win.

A year later Chris Stroud won in his 290th start – and he’d been planning to retire at the end of the season!

In contrast, major winners Gary Woodland (in 2013) and Collin Morikawa (in 2019) claimed their first success in the tournament.

Course Report

The Old Greenwood Course is a par 71 at around 7,500 yards but it plays shorter because of altitude and that is a factor.

The ball flies further in the thinner air. Some golfers are flummoxed by the calculations required, but not last year’s winner Erik Van Rooyen who grew up playing at altitude in Johannesburg.

It’s a beautiful course with stunning views and holes that sneak through deep forest.

The layout was designed by Jack Nicklaus and, typically of his creations, there is width from the tee but approaches are tested.

The smart golfer will find the right side of the fairways in order to have the best angle of attack into the greens.

Van Rooyen further explained how the course suits the unusual playing conditions.

It’s got three short par-4s and the par-5s are all gettable, he said. Making eagles is massive. I think I made two this week.

Oddly enough, for all the funky format, the two winners on the course both used the most old-fashioned method of victory imaginable – they hit lots of greens in regulation and drained lots of putts.

Van Rooyen ranked third and second in GIR and Putt Average while 2020 winner Ricky Werenski was seventh and eighth.

Last year everyone who finished top five ranked seventh or better at hitting the putting surfaces and three were top six on them.

Take the Great Dane

Rasmus Hojgaard is a 21-year-old Dane who has landed three wins on the DP World Tour with the last of them, last summer, coming at altitude in the Swiss Alps.

He also finished tied sixth in a PGA Tour opposite field event just like this one in the Dominican Republic and it represents a huge opportunity for him to make the leap to the biggest circuit in the golfing world.

And it gets better because he has twice finished third on Jack Nicklaus designs – Hanbury Manor and the London Golf Club.

If you throw in that he finished T10th last week in the Scottish Open he makes a compelling case and his price look a little inflated.

Take him each way in the outright at +3500 with DraftKings and add a top 10 at +800.

Gligic Can Maintain Progress

Canada’s Michael Gligic has made the cut in each of his last seven starts on the PGA Tour and in recent weeks has been suggesting that he can land a truly big result.

Two weeks ago he was T10th in the John Deere Classic and then last week he got off to a poor start, on the front nine of his opening round, but recovered to shoot 69, he added a second round 63 and was inside the top 10 at halfway.

He fell backward at the weekend to T21st, but if he can make a solid start he can contend for the win.

He’s played this course twice, finishing T25th in 2020 and T59th last year.

Take him to win at +7500 and make the top 10 at +700 with FanDuel Sportsbook.

Soderberg Has a Head for Heights

Victory this week might be beyond Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg but he has a formidable record at altitude and has to be backed for a top 10.

His second top five on the DP World Tour was high in the Madeira Island mountains, his first Challenge Tour win in Nairobi, he added a tied sixth there soon afterwards, he’s finished T11th in Johannesburg, he was T14th in Munich and his first main tour victory was in Crans-sur-Sierre at the European Masters.

All of them in thin air, just like this week’s action.

He’s +1800 for a top 10 with DraftKings.

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How to Watch The Barracuda Championship

The Barracuda Championship Information
Tournament The Barracuda Championship
Location Old Greenwood Course, Tahoe Mountain Club, Truckee, California
Time Thursday July 14 – Sunday July 17
How to watch Thursday-Sunday 6-9 pm. ET (Golf Channel). And all four days on Sky Sports.
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