Chris Stroud grabbed a tournament-best 20 points in the final round to force his way into a playoff for the Barracuda Championship on Sunday before going on to capture his first PGA Tour victory.
Greg Owen led with a five-point advantage entering the final round on Sunday, but was eliminated on the first playoff hole after making par, with Stroud and Werenski holing birdies. The final ended in a playoff between Richy Werenski, Greg Owen and Stroud, all players who had never won on the PGA TOUR.
The PGA Tour tournament is known for its use of the Modified Stableford scoring system, with points given for an albatross (eight), eagle (five) and birdie (two) and points subtracted for a bogey (minus one) and double bogey or more (minus three).
Werenski then scored par on the second extra hole while Stroud rolled in a birdie to end an 11-year wait for a first PGA Tour title and take home the Barracuda Championship. He also gets a two-year exemption, nearly as important as playing a major for a 35-year-old who only had conditional status this year. "I didn't push so much to try to win a golf tournament".
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Stroud goes eagle, birdie, birdie, to win the playoff.
"This time of my career you don't get many more chances, so disappointed", Owen said.
Returning to the 18th hole, Stroud hit 5-iron to 12 feet.
"He said just, 'Take it easy, '" Stroud recalled Sunday night. I just did the best I could to prepare and to show up every week ready to play.