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- Pick To Win:
- Justin Hicks
- Michael Putnam
- Last Week's Pick To Win - Graeme McDowell
- Finished tied for 9th
- Last Week's Darkhorse - Jerry Kelly
Since this event is playing against the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, all of
the top players in the world are in Ohio in preparation for next week's PGA
Championship. But there are 14 former major championship winners in the field:
Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Ben Curtis (2003 British Open), David Duval
(2001 British Open), Lucas Glover (2009 U.S. Open), Retief Goosen (2001 and
2004 U.S. Open), Todd Hamilton (2004 British Open), Padraig Harrington (2007
and 2008 British Open, 2008 PGA Championship), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters),
Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open), Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship),
Geoff Ogilvy (2006 U.S. Open), David Toms (2001 PGA Championship), Mike Weir
(2003 Masters) and Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship).
This tournament used the Modified Stableford scoring format in 2012 for the
first time. It was the first PGA Tour event to use the format since The
International in 2006. Players are allocated points based on the number of
strokes taken at each hole with the goal of achieving the highest overall
score. Eight points are awarded for double eagle, five for an eagle, two for a
birdie and zero for a par. A bogey costs a player one point and a double bogey
or worse costs three points.
The Reno area hosted several Champions Tour events in the 1980s, and
previously hosted a PGA Tour stop in 1948 - the Reno Open Invitational won by
Players with Nevada ties have had success at this tournament, with UNLV
graduate Chris Riley winning in 2002 and University of Nevada alum Kirk
Triplett winning in 2003 in the town where he went to college. Scott Piercy,
the 2011 winner, was born and still resides in Las Vegas.
Last year, Gary Woodland tallied 16 points in the third round to jump in
front and cruised to a nine-point victory over Jonathan Byrd and Andres
Romero. Woodland finished 72 holes at Montreux Golf & Country Club with 44
points, securing his second career PGA Tour win and first since the 2011
Transitions Championship. Byrd totaled a single-day record 18 points in the
final round to vault into a tie for second place. All 15 winners of this event
have been born in the United States.
In 2012, J.J. Henry tallied 10 points in the first round, 12 in the second
round, 14 in the third round, and seven in the final round to win by a single
point over Alexandre Rocha. Henry hung on for his second PGA Tour title as he
finished with 43 points.
In 2011, Piercy fired a course-record 61 in the third round to jump in front,
then held on for his first PGA Tour victory. Piercy finished at 15-under-par
273 for a 1-shot win over Pat Perez.
Matt Bettencourt captured his first PGA Tour win in 2010 with rounds of
66-68-75-68 to beat Bob Heintz by one shot. Heintz missed a 3-foot birdie putt
at the 18th hole with a chance to force a playoff. Bettencourt finished at 11-
under 277, rallying from three shots down for the win. It was the third day
out of four that his name was atop the leaderboard. Only a 75 on Saturday
kept him from completing a wire-to-wire victory.
In 2008, Parker McLachlin rolled to a 7-shot win over Brian Davis and John
Rollins. He finished at 18-under-par 270 for his first PGA Tour victory. His
7-stroke win was the largest in tournament history.
Vaughn Taylor managed only an even-par 72 in the final round of 2005's
version, but it was more than enough to win for the second straight year.
Taylor completed the event at 21-under-par 267. Taylor, whose 3-round total of
195 obliterated Jerry Kelly's 2001 54-hole record of 201, also smashed the 72-
hole scoring record. Taylor eclipsed the previous mark by four strokes. John
Cook was the first to post 271 in 2001, and he was later matched by Riley and
Jonathan Kaye in 2002 and Triplett in 2003. With his win in 2005, Taylor
became the first wire-to-wire winner of this event. He is the only 2-time
winner and is the all-time money leader here with $1,135,403 in earnings.
The 1999 tournament made history, as Notah Begay III captured his first career
win and became the first Native American since Rod Curl in 1974 to win on the
PGA Tour. Begay took the lead following the third round and then, despite an
even-par 72 in the final round, defeated Chris Perry and David Toms by three
shots for the win.
The PGA Tour will be in Louisville, Kentucky next week at Valhalla Golf Club
for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. Jason Dufner captured
his first major title at the PGA last year.
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