Since its inception in 1999, the Barracuda Championship has had the honor of creating opportunities for great moments in sports for members of the PGA TOUR. As the PGA TOUR tagline states, “These guys are good!”
Join us in congratulating these PGA TOUR golfers on their Barracuda Championship titles. Who will be next?
See you at the 25th year celebration of the Barracuda Championship, July 20–23, 2023.
With an impressive +19 in Round 2, Chez Reavie shot to the top of the leaderboard where he remained through the weekend. The 2022 Barracuda Championship winner finished with +43 (+9/+19/+9/+6) to take home his third PGA TOUR win. Reavie broke the Barracuda Championship’s six-year streak of crowning first-time PGA TOUR winners.
2022 Fun Facts
- Reavie’s rookie season on the PGA Tour came in 2008 and it did not take him long to make some noise as he won the RBC Canadian Open by three strokes from Billy Mayfair.
- He played in his first Masters in 2002 after winning the 2001 U.S. Public Links.
- His best finish at a Major Championship came at the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. He finished in a tie for 3rd alongside Jon Rahm, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele.
- Reavie attended Arizona State University from 2000-04, but returned years later to complete his B.I.S. in Political Science/Sociology in 2010.
- His best world ranking in his career to date is 26th.
- He has a dog named Maverick
Erik van Rooyen
Erik van Rooyen earned his first career PGA TOUR win at the 2021 Barracuda Championship. He finished with a +50 (+7/+17/+10/+16) under the Modified Stableford scoring format. Van Rooyen was born in Bellville, South Africa. He started competing at the age of 14 and played college golf at the University of Minnesota, where he met his wife, Rose. He began playing golf professionally in 2013. Van Rooyen is the sixth consecutive winner to earn his first PGA TOUR victory at the Barracuda Championship.
2021 Fun Facts
- Erik van Rooyen’s score of +50 marks the best winning total in Barracuda Championship history since 2012 when the Modified Stableford was introduced
- With his win, Van Rooyen became the third player from South Africa to win on TOUR in the 2021 season
- He became the first player since Collin Morikawa to win the Barracuda Championship in his debut
- Van Rooyen entered the final round four points back; the last 54-hole leader to go on to win was Phil Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship/li>
- The 2018 Barracuda Championship winner Andrew Putnam collected his third career runner-up finish
- The three past Barracuda Championship winners finished T7 or better (Andrew Putnam, Scott Piercy and Gary Woodland)
First-time PGA TOUR champion Richy Werenski claimed the trophy at the 2020 Barracuda Championship. On his 100th PGA start he finished with a +39 (+6/+11/+9/+13.) Werenski turned professional after graduating from Georgia Tech in 2014 and in early 2015, Werenski won the Golf Channel’s reality show Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL.Werenski is the fifth consecutive winner of the Barracuda Championship to earn their first TOUR victory at the Modified Stableford format event.
2020 Fun Facts
- In a tournament played in front of no fans due to the pandemic, Troy Merritt finishes in second place for the second year in a row
- Champion Richy Werenski raced to his first win due in part to a fantastic back 9 including holing out for eagle on the short par 4 16th
- The tournament’s new home, Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood golf course, is welcomed with rave reviews by players and officials
- 10 time European Tour winner Alex Noren finishes T9
- Matthias Schwab finishes T3 playing on a sponsor’s exemption
- Branden Grace was in the top 5 after Friday when he unfortunately had to withdraw due to testing positive for COVID-19
First-time PGA TOUR champion Collin Morikawa took home the trophy at round four of the 21st annual Barracuda Championship with a +47 (+13/+7/+13/+14). Morikawa received a sponsor exemption to the tournament and just recently turned professional following a record-setting collegiate career. Morikawa is the fourth consecutive winner of the Barracuda Championship to earn first TOUR victory at this event. It was his third consecutive top-five finish on TOUR while recording his 13th consecutive round under par this season.
- Three of the five collegiate All-Americans received exemptions: Will Gordon, Justin Suh & Collin Morikawa
- Owner of the “Fisherman Swing” Ho-Sung Choi also makes his Barracuda debut on a sponsor exemption
- With a spectacular back 9 on Friday, fan favorite John Daly makes the cut
- Sponsor exemption recipient Charlie Danielson finishes T7 earning him a start at the Wyndham Championship
- Two time major winner and former #1 player in the world Martin Kaymer, makes his first start at the Barracuda
- Jason Bohn and Tim Herron record one of the most popular episodes of the No Laying Up podcast on Tuesday of tournament week but unfortunately that took too much out of them as they both missed the cut
Putnam won his first PGA TOUR level event at the 2018 Barracuda Championship; a highly anticipated accomplishment after recording 6 Top-Ten finishes on the PGA TOUR over the course of his career. He played college golf at Pepperdine University where he was a three-time All-American. Born on January 25, 1989, in Tacoma, Washington, Putnam and his older brother Michael were the first brothers to simultaneously play on the PGA TOUR since the Pappas brothers in 2004.
- Defending champion Chris Stroud makes a valiant defense of his title finishing T7
- Sam Saunders (remember that guy?) finishes T7 for his 3rd straight top 10! Think he likes the high elevation here?
- Future Open champion Shane Lowry makes his Barracuda debut and finishes T15
- Fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell finishes T44
- University of Oregon standout (Go Ducks!) scorches the Monday qualifying course with 8 birdies on his second nine to qualify. He makes the cut and with 11 points on Sunday finishes T37
- Scottie Scheffler, who as of 5/27/21 is #22 in the world, receives a sponsors exemption
After 290 starts on the PGA TOUR, Stroud got his first win at the 2017 Barracuda Championship, beating out Greg Owen and Richy Werenski in an exciting two-hole playoff. It was a long time coming, considering Stroud has collected 29 Top-Ten finishes on the PGA TOUR throughout his career. Leading up to his career, Stroud played college golf at Lamar University in Texas and was a two time All-American. He is heavily involved in various philanthropic efforts. After Hurricane Harvey devasted his hometown, Stroud organized a Pro-Am to raise money for the those affected by the hurricane. Altogether, Stroud’s Pro-Am raised over $1.2 million in relief funds for the hurricane victims.
- Stroud was victorious in a 3 man playoff with Greg Owen and Richy Werenski (remember that name…)
- Owen came agonizingly close to winning the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational but playd his last two holes in three over par to lose by one
- Sam Saunders, grandson of Arnold Palmer, has his second straight Barracuda top 10 with an 8th place finish
- Now PGA TOUR regulars, Maverick McNealy and Wyndham Clark make their Barracuda debuts
- Two time major champion Angel Cabrera makes his Barracuda debut
Chalmers earned his first PGA TOUR level win at the 2016 Barracuda Championship after 18-years and 386 PGA TOUR starts – one of the longest waits in PGA TOUR history. Throughout his career, Chalmers has split time successfully playing on both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour. The Sydney native is a four-time Australian Open champion on the Australasian Tour. In 2012, Chalmers founded MAXimum Changes, a non-profit that supports children who have been diagnosed with autism. The foundation is named after his son Max who was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
- After a remarkable 386 PGA TOUR starts, the left handed putting genius Greg Chalmers notches his first win
- 2013 Champion Gary Woodland narrowly misses out on his second Barracuda trophy with a second place finish
- The lovable Tim Herron (aka “Lumpy”) finishes in 4th place
- Sponsor exemption Jon Rahm finishes T72. Wonder what ever happened to him?
A career in golf was promising for Henry early on – he remained unbeaten through all four years of high school. The Fairfield, Connecticut native went on to play college golf at Texas Christian University and was the NCAA Division-1 Men’s Golf Championships individual runner-up in 1998, earning him an All-American award and Co-College Player of the Year award. Two of Henry’s three PGA TOUR level wins have been recorded in Reno-Tahoe at the Barracuda Championship (2012 & 2015). Henry has posted 39 Top-Ten finishes throughout his career on the PGA TOUR. In 2006, Henry founded the Henry House Foundation, which funds projects and promotes health care for children.
- JJ Henry becomes the second two time winner of the Barracuda (Vaughn Taylor in 2004 & 2005)
- Former US Amateur champion and current podcast star (Golf’s Subpar) Colt Knost finishes T10 in a string of great Barracuda finishes (T51 in ’13, T10 in ’15 and T3 in ’16)
- Max Homa (another podcast star on Get a Grip with Max Homa & Shane Bacon), winner of the 2021 Genesis Invitational finishes T45 in his Barracuda debut
- Greg Chalmers finishes T53. Wonder how he does in the 2016 Barracuda?
- Former champion Matt Bettencourt, who holds the astounding accomplishment of 128 hole in ones, finishes T63 in his final made cut
- 3 time major champion Padraig Harrington makes his debut at the Barracuda finishing tied for 19th
- Relatively unknown (at the time) Patrick Reed receives a sponsor’s exemption. While he missed the cut at the Barracuda, 2012 was a break out year for Reed who Monday qualified an astounding six times! Sidenote, Reed also won the 2018 Masters
- Open champions Justin Leonard and John Daly tie for 5th place
- Long hitting J.B. Holmes ties for 12th in his lone Barracuda appearance
Joining the PGA TOUR in 2001, Ogilvy has claimed eight PGA TOUR wins, 57 Top-Ten finishes and was runner-up on nine occasions. He is a one-time Major winner, taking home the 2006 U.S. Open trophy over runner-up Phil Mickelson. In addition, Ogilvy is a three-time Presidents Cup selection (2007, 2009, & 2011) and a three-time World Golf Championships winner (2006, 2008, & 2009). He reached a career-high World Golf Rankings of 5th in 2006. In 2014, he won the Barracuda Championship, his first win in over four years. Ogilvy is known for being a personable and charitable professional as Golf Digest ranked him number seven on their list of “The Top 30 Nice Guys of the PGA TOUR”. He also founded the Ogilvy Family Foundation which benefits organizations and hospitals dedicated to children.
- Geoff Ogilvy becomes the tournament’s first international and major winner as champion
- Sponsor exemption Jason Allred (known to many as the nicest man on TOUR) finishes T6
- Two time US Open champion Retief Goosen makes his Barracuda debut and finishes T25
- Stanford standout and now PGA TOUR regular, Patrick Rodgers finishes T39 on a sponsor’s exemption
- Local PGA club professional Stuart Smith makes his second Barracuda start
- With some strong ties to the area and a following to show, Ricky Barnes finishes T8
Woodland attended Washburn University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf his sophomore year. He is the winner of three PGA TOUR tournaments including the 2013 Barracuda Championship and the 2019 US Open. Over his career, he has recorded 33 Top-Ten finishes. Woodland uses a 1984 silver half-dollar as his ball marker, a gift from his mother that corresponds with his birth year. Woodland is remembered for taking his pants off to hit a shot after his tee shot landed near water trouble at the 2016 Honda Classic, a move that went viral on social media: Click Here to View.
- Champion Gary Woodland goes on to win the US Open in 2019
- Future World Golf Hall of Fame member Davis Love III finishes T32 in his first Barracuda
- JJ Henry misses the cut in his title defense. He’d make up for that in 2015…
- Flamboyant Swede Jesper Parnevik makes his final appearance in the Barracuda
A multisport athlete, Piercy won two high-school Nevada state championships in soccer before playing college golf at San Diego State. He has won four PGA TOUR tournaments including the 2011 Barracuda Championship. Throughout his career he has amassed 33 Top-Ten finishes, four third place finishes, and three runner-up finishes – one of which came at the 2016 U.S. Open. Piercy commonly draws a smiley face to mark his golf balls, reminding him to have fun while doing what he loves. Piercy was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 6, 1978.
- Local phenom Scott Smith, makes his first of three starts in the Barracuda missing the cut
- 49 year old major champion Steve Elkington finished in a tie for sixth in his final appearance at the Barracuda
- Future FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel finishes tied for 10th in his first of two Barracuda starts
- Popular Australian Jarrod Lyle makes his final appearance. Sadly Jarrod passed away on August 8, 2018 after a nearly 20 year recurring battle with leukemia.
Bettencourt’s career in sports started out in baseball. He was a stand-out all-star baseball player in high school, who only played golf on the side, until a shoulder injury derailed his Major League Baseball dreams. A self-taught golfer who turned professional at the age of 27, he claimed the 2010 Barracuda Championship after an extremely tight final round left him just one stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Heintz. Bettencourt has recorded six Top-Ten finishes throughout his career. Bettencourt was born in Alameda, California, on April 12, 1975.
- Recipient of multiple heart transplants, Erik Compton, competes in his first Barracuda on a sponsor’s exemption
- John Chin also received an exemption. Fast forward to 2016 when John won the Reno Open and earned a return trip to the Barracuda
Rollins has three PGA TOUR wins under his belt, including his 2009 winning-campaign at the Barracuda Championship, as well as 43 Top-Ten finishes over the course of his time as a professional golfer. His career took off in college playing golf at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned an honorable mention All-American award. In his spare time, Rollins loves to play billiards and is an avid guitar collector. He claims his most prized guitar is one signed by the legend Dave Matthews himself. John Rollins was born in Richmond, Virginia, on June 25, 1975.
- 2000 US Amateur champion Jeff Quinney finished in a tie for second place; his highest PGA TOUR finish
- Coming off his dramatic playoff loss to Tiger Woods the year before, Rocco Mediate finished tied for ninth
- Future Open Champion Francesco Molinari finishes T34 in his lone Barracuda appearance
McLachlin won at the Barracuda Championship in 2008 and has recorded six Top-Ten finishes to go with two runner-up finishes during his career. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 10, 1979, into a family of athletes, it should come as no surprise that he eventually found himself in professional sports. His father played basketball and volleyball for Stanford, his mother was captain of the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic volleyball team, and his brother was an outside hitter and captain for the Stanford Men’s Volleyball team. McLachlin was also a phenomenal volleyball player. He played college golf at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated with a degree in sociology in 2002.
- Winner Parker McLachlin is now a short game specialist working with multiple PGA TOUR and LPGA players; in addition to still playing tournament golf
- Parker cruised to his lone PGA TOUR victory on the heels of a course record 62 in his second round
- Fellow Hawaiian, teen sensation Michelle Wie, makes her second start ever in a PGA TOUR event (MC- 73, 80)
- Two more strong finishes from PGA champions Dufner and Elkington; T29 and T14, respectively
- 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize finishes T33 in his final Barracuda appearance
Flesch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 23, 1967. He played college golf at the University of Kentucky before turning professional in 1990. Flesch was originally a right-handed golfer before switching over to his more natural left-handed swing. While playing on the PGA TOUR, Flesch claimed four victories including the 2007 Barracuda Championship and amassed an astounding 63 Top-Ten finishes. He was also awarded the PGA TOUR’s Rookie of the Year award in 1998. Currently, Flesch plays on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour on which he won the 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and has claimed an additional five Top-Ten finishes.
- 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington finishes T6
- One of golf’s legendary “enigma’s” Anthony Kim tied for 45th
- While future PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner would like to forget his final round 82, he does finish tied for 57th
- Future champion Chris Stroud makes his tournament debut (MC)
MacKenzie’s passion for golf was ignited while watching Payne Steward win the 1999 U.S. Open. Prior to that, he was a snowboarder, mountain climber, and kayaker. He obtained his PGA TOUR card in 2005 before winning the 2006 Barracuda Championship on his 47th PGA TOUR career start. During his time playing on the PGA TOUR, MacKenzie won two titles and claimed 19 Top-Ten finishes. MacKenzie was born in Greenville, North Carolina, on September 28, 1974. Currently, he resides in Jupiter, Florida with his two sons Maverik and Nash.
- Not a bad year for sponsor’s exemptions: Future PGA Championship winner Jason Day and 2011 Barracuda winner Scott Piercy each receiving exemptions
- 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell finished T21
- Long hitting lefty Bubba Watson misses the cut in his only appearance at the Barracuda
Taylor received his PGA TOUR card in 2004 and won back-to-back Barracuda Championships in 2004 and 2005. His next PGA TOUR victory came eleven years later in 2016 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. During his time on the PGA TOUR, he has amassed 34 Top-Ten finishes, three third-place finishes, and three runner-up finishes. Taylor’s career in golf began when he played college golf at Augusta State University where he was an honorable mention All-American in his senior campaign.
- Local fan favorite Todd Fischer, had his championship hopes dashed after losing his tee shot left on he dangerous 17th. He would finish in solo 3rd.
- Former world #1 and Open Championship winner David Duval makes his first of eight appearances
- Future US Open winner and golf superstar Justin Rose makes his lone appearance finishing T15
- Million Dollar Baby won the Oscar for Best Picture of the year
- Two time Masters champion, Jose Maria Olazabal, finishes T45 in his first of two Barracuda appearances
- Future PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, makes his first of three appearances in the Barracuda Championship
- 2011 FedEx Cup winner, Bill Haas, finishes T45 playing on a sponsor’s exemption
- In February, in a dorm room on the campus of Harvard, Facebook was started by Mark Zuckerburg (and others)
Triplett can often identified during play by his trademark bucket hat. One of Reno’s own, Triplett played golf on scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his time on the PGA TOUR, he won three events, including the 2003 Barracuda Championship, was a runner-up on five different occasions, and claimed 67 Top-Ten finishes. Triplett was also a valuable member of the winning 2000 U.S. Presidents Cup team, amassing three points and halved in singles. He currently plays on the PGA TOUR Champions League where he has added six more wins to his lengthy resume and recorded an additional 54 Top-Ten finishes. A huge advocate for adoption, Triplett works to promote both the Fore Adoption Foundation and the Dave Thomas Foundation.
- University of Nevada Reno graduate Kirk Triplett thrills the crowd with a final round 63
- Fresno State star Nick Watney, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, finishes T10
- Notah Begay III makes his first return to the Barracuda after his win the inaugural year in 1999
- PGA TOUR superstar and winner of the 2012 Players Championship, Matt Kuchar, makes his debut in the Barracuda
- Andy Miller, son of legendary Johnny Miller, finished T37
- Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California in a recall vote on October 7, 2003
Riley is a San Diego native who played college golf at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was the first athlete in NCAA history to be an All-American selection all four years. Additionally, Riley led the UNLV Rebels to a runner-up team finish at the 1996 NCAA Division-1 Men’s Golf Championships. His wife, Michelle, was also an All-American collegiate golfer at LSU who spent time playing on the LPGA. Riley won the Barracuda Championship in 2002, his only PGA TOUR victory. However, over the course of his career he enjoyed an impressive 33 Top-Ten finishes and was a member of the 2004 Ryder Cup team. Currently, Riley is the head coach for the University of San Diego Men’s Golf Team.
- Future 2 time Barracuda winner JJ Henry finishes T3
- Soon to be Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee finished T12
- Incline Village native and Masters champion Craig Stadler fired a 3rd round 65 to end up T12
- Field notables included Charles Howell III, Lee Janzen, Mark O’Meara, Jay Haas, Corey Pavin and Scott Simpson
- The Toyota Camry was the number one selling car in America in 2002
Cook played college golf on scholarship at Ohio State University where he helped lead the Buckeyes to an NCAA Division-1 National Championship in 1979. During his PGA TOUR career, Cook spent 45 weeks ranked in the World Golf Ranking’s Top-Ten and claimed eleven PGA TOUR titles. His winning-run at the 2001 Barracuda Championship was the final of those eleven. On the PGA TOUR Champions Tour, Cook amassed an additional ten wins. Between both tours, Cook collected 20 runner-up finishes and an amazing 173 Top-Ten finishes. Cook is also a highly regarded commentator, analyst and instructor for the Golf Channel, a position he holds to this day.
- Future #1 in the world, Luke Donald, was given a sponsor’s exemption
- Fan favorite, Fred Couples, made his one and only appearance in 2001
- 1997 Open Championship winner and 1999 Ryder Cup hero Justin Leonard finishes T5
- Future US Open and Barracuda champion Geoff Ogilvy, misses the cut in his tournament debut
- Friends was the number one TV show of 2001
Verplank is a Dallas, Texas native who found his momentum in golf at the University of Oklahoma where his team won the 1983 NCAA Division-1 Men’s Golf National Championships (individually tying for third) before claiming the NCAA Division-1 Men’s Golf individual title in 1986. He recorded five PGA TOUR wins throughout his career including his 2000 Barracuda Championship title – a tight playoff victory over Jean Van de Velde. He is a two-time member of both the Ryder Cup and the President’s Cup. Verplank has battled Type-1 Diabetes his entire career; he and his wife founded the Scott & Kim Verplank Foundation, a nonprofit that provides Type-1 diabetics the financial ability to go to college.
- Bob May, who just a week earlier lost a thrilling playoff to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship, finished in 3rd place
- Jean van de Velde finished second. Jean a year earlier famously suffered a disastrous triple bogey on the 72nd hole of the Open Championship at Carnoustie. He would go on to finish second in the playoff to champion Paul Lawrie.
- Notable sponsor exemptions in 2000 include past Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller, future Masters champion Adam Scott and college phenom Charles Howell III
- Young Sergio Garcia, fresh off his electrifying second place finish to Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship, makes his debut in the Sierra Nevada finishing T17
- Pete Jordan finished T69. Who’s Pete Jordan? None other than the man on the bag for BOTH of JJ Henry’s wins at the 2012 and 2015 Barracuda Championship
- Brian Henninger fired a course record 63 in his second round
- NSYNC’s No Strings Attached was the number one selling album in 2000
Begay played college golf at Stanford University – alongside Tiger Woods – where he was a three-time All American and a member of Stanford’s 1994 NCAA Division-1 National Championship team. Begay III had four wins during his time playing on the PGA TOUR including his victory at the inaugural Barracuda Championship in 1999. Additionally, he was a member of the winning 2000 President’s Cup team. His putting technique is well known as he commonly used a dual faced putter allowing him to put both right and left-handed. Begay III is the only full-blooded Native American to have played on the PGA TOUR and his nonprofit, the Notah Begay III Foundation, promotes health and wellness in the Native American youth population through sports.
- Inaugural year of the Barracuda Championship
- Local HS phenom Travis Whisman, at the age of 17, played in his first PGA TOUR event
- 2016 Barracuda winner Greg Chalmers, finished T37
- Peter Jacobsen, who’s company management company executed the tournament, missed the cut
- Alan Bratton misses the cut in his lone appearance. Who’s Alan Bratton? Only one of the most successful college coaches in the country. Coach Bratton has been the head coach of the Oklahoma State golf team since 2013 seeing PGA TOUR stars such as Mathew Wolff and Viktor Hovland come through his program.
- Number one movie at the box office in 1999 was Star Wars Episode I – Phantom Menace