Lto regular season of PGA Tour is coming to an end and the opportunities to retain full gaming rights for the next course are exhausted for Rafa Cabrera Bello. The canary, which currently occupies the 167th position of the FedEx Cup, will search from today on the Barracuda Championship of the Old Greenwood, in the Tahoe Mt. Club of California, a result that allows you to seal your goal of the year or, failing that, reach the last appointment next week in Greensboro with options.
What result does Rafa Cabrera Bello need?
By sharing the week with him WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational, the Barracuda Championship distributes fewer points than the vast majority of tournaments on the tour. The winner, instead of 500, will add 300, and the second classified, 165. Thus, to Rafa, which is 197 points from Rickie Fowler (402), the player who marks the cut-off line of the top 125 in the standings, would only be worth the win to secure this week the full game rights of the 2021-22 season in the PGA Tour.
Of course, if he achieved a second place or a good result, he would have many more options to reach his goal in the Wyndham Championship with which the regular season will close next week. Accounts that, logically, also depend on what the many players who find themselves in a situation similar to that of the canary do and who have flocked to the Barracuda in search of points to avoid the heads or tails of the ‘repechage’, in the finals of the Korn Ferry Tour.
A tournament with a different format
This event is the only one of the year in the PGA Tour It is played under the modified stableford format in which strokes are not counted but points. Each albatross scores eight points, each eagle five points, and each birdie two points. The pairs that are obtained do not add or subtract. While bogeys subtract one point and double bogeys or worse subtract three points each. To get an idea, Richy Werenski, winner of the tournament a year ago, achieved a final score of 39 points.
Modified stableford game format
Albatross: +8 points
Eagle: +5 points
Birdie: +2 puntos
Par: 0 points
Bogey: -1 point
Double bogey or worse: -3 points
The route in which this Barracuda Championship is a 7,425-yard (6,789-meter) par 71, designed by Jack Nicklaus, with three pairs five, eleven pairs four and four pairs three. In the event of a final tie, a playoff would be played on holes 18, 16 and 17, a series that would be repeated until there was a winner. A title that, in addition to the aforementioned 300 points of the FedEx Cup (the tournament distributes 1,756 in total), it will take $ 630,000 from the prize pool of 3.5 million.
Among the rivals he will face Rafa Cabrera Bello these days in Truckee, California, the great stars of the circuit are not there, resting after the Tokyo Olympics or disputing the WGC, but several illustrious names of the tour do appear such as Luke Donald, Emiliano Grillo, Adam Hadwin, Padraig Harrington, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Chez Reavie, Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland … A high competition in search of a difficult target.