On Thursday, 132 golfers will take to Montreux Golf Course in Reno, Nev. to compete in the Reno-Tahoe Open. Most of the top players in the game will be playing in the WGC Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio, but the Reno-Tahoe Open has proven to be an exciting and fan-pleasing event.
Part of the appeal is the urgency in which players compete and the modified scoring system. Since the field is made up of players looking to make a mark, there is almost a desperation involved as players try to secure their futures in the game. In some cases, past stars are attempting to extend their relevancy in the sport.
The scoring system used is called Modified Stableford. In short, it reverses the norm for the sport where the lower the score the better. In MS scoring, a point value is given for each result, eagles and birdies are plus (which is good) and bogeys are minuses (which is bad).
Here's a breakdown of the scoring:
Here are the Tee Times for the Field and information on television coverage:
Thursday-Saturday (Aug. 1-4), 7-9 p.m. ET. Sunday, 6:30-9 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Montreux is a 7,422 yard, par-72 course. It was opened in 1997 and designed by Jack Nicklaus. It was renovated in 2002 and the primary changes were the replacement of the 10th, 11th and 12th holes. The course ranked sixth among the toughest layouts in 2010.
That was the third-highest difficulty rating for a non-major.
What's At Stake?
The winner receives a valuable 300 points in the FedEx Cup standings. Considering the field isn't made up of heavyweights in the current golf landscape, that could be huge.
Information per PGATour.com
Players to Watch
After setting a 72-hole record of plus 43 in 2012 en route to the title, Henry is back looking to defend his crown. He's again one of the favorites primarily because of his success at Montreux. The 38-year-old had a top-10 finish at the John Deere Classic in July, but stumbled a bit at the RBC Canadian Open.
He finished tied for 31st, but Reno has seemingly almost always been good to Henry.
He's made the cut seven-straight starts and has finished in the top 10 three times. He's a good bet to be in the hunt again this year.
Wilson has three top-10 finishes this year and coming into the tournament, he's had the most promising season. He's had two top-10 finishes at Montreux in his career and PGATour.com's Rob Bolton lists him as No. 1 in his power rankings for the field.
You have to love the way Romero has been playing of late. Early on in the The Greenbrier Classic, it looked as if he would be a major factor. He wound up tying for 41st, but he still never had a round worse than 71 and he finished the tournament minus three overall.
Romero also finished tied for 13th in the AT&T National.
He hasn't had an over-par showing in a tournament since he finished plus one at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. He's a definite sleeper and legitimate contender in Reno.
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