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Ogilvy back to defend Barracuda crown

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Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy will be in the field when the 17th Barracuda Championship gets under way Thursday at Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno.

There are eight other past champions in the field — Scott Verplank (2000), Chris Riley (2002), Vaughn Taylor (2004-05), lefty Steve Flesch (2007), Parker McLachlin (2008), John Rollins (2009), Matt Bettencourt (2010) and J.J. Henry (2012).

Ogilvy won by five points, 49-44, over Justin Hicks. Ogilvy was in double digits in points in three of the four rounds. Jon Byrd and John Huh tied for third at 37 points, while veteran Rod Pampling was solo fifth at 36. Jason Allred and Martin Laird tied for sixth at 35 points.

The 72-hole event is played under the Stableford format, which rewards aggressive play. Players receive eight points for a double eagle, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus-1 for a bogey and minus-3 for a double-bogey or worse.

This is the third year of the Stableford scoring. Henry won in 2012 with 43 points, edging Alexandre Rocha by a single point.

Tickets can be purchased at Northern Nevada Raleys stores and can also be purchase daily at Montreux. The tournament can seen on the Golf Channel at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.