Photo courtesy Brendan Steele

For the fifth time in his PGA Tour career, Idyllwild native Brendan Steele will compete in the Barracuda Championship. This year, however, it will be played on a different course: The Old Greenwood par-72 course at the Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California.

The Barracuda tournament is distinguished by its Modified Stableford scoring system. Instead of competitors simply playing to win with the fewest strokes, this system awards positive points for better play: 8 points for each double eagle, 5 points for each eagle, 2 points for each birdie, zero points for each par, and negative points for worse play: -1 point for each bogey, and -2 points for each double bogey or worse. 

Since this scoring system rewards players for good play more than it penalizes them for bad play, players are encouraged to play aggressively. 

Brendan will tee off Thursday at 12:33 p.m. PDT and Friday at 7:33 a.m. PDT. He’ll be playing both days with Kevin Tway and Pat Perez.