By Dylan Wallace
Chris Baker played all four days at the Barracuda Championship last weekend at Tahoe Mountain Club in California.
The Barracuda Championship is scored differently than your typical golf event.
It’s the only PGA Tour event that uses the Modified Stableford scoring format, which encourages aggressive play.
Unlike traditional scoring methods, where the aim is to have the lowest score, the objective in a Modified Stableford tournament is to have the highest score.
You add up points based on how well you do on each the hole. The scoring at the Barracuda Championship was as follows:
Double eagle: 8 points
Eagle: 5 points
Birdie: 2 points
Par: 0 points
Bogey: -1 point
Double bogey or more: -3 points
Baker finished with a score of +17 through his four days of competition, which was good enough for tied for 64th. He tied with Cameron Percy of Australia.
The winner of the Barracuda Championship was Erik van Rooyen, who finished with a score of +50.
Baker’s best round was his first day of competition, where he shot a +9 and only bogeyed once. His second day was his worst day, shooting a +1, but because of the work he did on the first day, it was good enough to get Baker past the cut.
He then went on to shoot a +4 on Saturday and +3 on Sunday.
His placement at the event earned him 2.551 FedEx Cup points. For 2021, Baker now has 90.963 FedEx Cup points.
However, those points have not moved him anywhere in the standings, as he still sits at 198th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Baker will have plenty more opportunities to earn more points before this year comes to an end.
The next PGA Tour event will be this weekend. It’s the Wyndham Championship, which takes place Aug. Thursday through Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina.