Werenski charges to win Barracuda Championship

Richy Werenski won his first PGA Tour title in his 100th start, making eagle from the fairway on the 16th hole as he surged past third-round leader Troy Merritt for a one-point victory Sunday at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif.

Werenski’s flop shot at the 396-yard par-4 16th landed on the green, kicked right and sped into the cup for five points in the event’s Modified Stableford scoring system. The 28-year-old made birdie on the 18th to take the solo lead and finish plus-13 on the day and plus-39 for four rounds.

Merritt was one back at the time, but he parred his final two holes to finish in second after a round of plus-5. He closed with 10 consecutive pars, when one birdie would have given him the victory.

The Modified Stableford scoring system awards eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle and two points for a birdie. Players lose a point for a bogey and three points for anything higher.

Argentina’s Fabian Gomez (plus-16 on Sunday) and Austrian Matthias Schwab (plus-13) tied for third with 37 points over the Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course.

Werenski and Merritt earned spots in the 2020 U.S. Open as the top two players, not otherwise exempt, finishing in the top-10 and ties.

Werenski, who tied for third at last week’s 3M Open on the PGA Tour, rolled up 11 points in his final seven holes on Sunday. He began the day tied for fifth and had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine before making his charge.

Scott Stallings (plus-12) and Robert Streb (plus-7) tied for fifth with 35 points.

The Barracuda Championship is an alternate-field event that ran concurrently with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn. That event was won by Justin Thomas.

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