Richy Werenski earns spot in PGA Championship with win at Barracuda Championship

Richy Werenski, in his 100th start on the PGA Tour, nabbed the first win of his career on Sunday at the Barracuda Championship, the only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring format.

Werenski tallied 39 points, including 11 on his last seven holes, to leap to the top of the leaderboard.

Troy Merritt had a 30-footer on the 18th that would have won it but it came up short. He finished at 38 points. Merritt also held the 54-hold lead a year ago before getting tracked down by Collin Morikawa.

Matthias Schwab, in the field on a sponsor exemption, and Fabian Gomez tied for third with 37 points. Gomez scored 16 points on Sunday.

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Werenski earned $630,000 and jumps from 70th to 34th in the FedEx Cup standings with the win.

“I knew I needed a big day and then I started off with a bogey, which wasn’t good,” Werenski said. “Just wasn’t in a great rhythm early on in the round, but did a good job of just kind of snapping out of it, stopped trying on every shot, stick with my game plan and just try and make as many birdies as we could.”

Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course hosted the event for the first time. Montreux Golf and Country Club previously hosted from 1999 to 2019.

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