News & ToursAugust 4, 2015

A friendly reminder that Stableford scoring returns this week. Here's how it works.

The best players might be in Akron, Ohio this week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. But the tour's alternate event - the Barracuda Championship (formerly the Reno-Tahoe Open) still warrants watching, if only for one reason:

Stableford scoring.

The unorthodox accounting system used to be a fixture on the PGA Tour, famously utilized at the International at Castle Pines. Invented by Dr. Frank Stableford around 1900, the purpose of this revolutionary scoring was to give incentive to frustrated golfers who struggled on opening holes.

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To do this, Stableford rewards low scores while minimizing the damage of mistakes. In short, birdies are good, but bogeys don't break you.

When the International went away in 2007, so did Stableford's utilization on tour until 2012, when the Reno-Tahoe Open revitalized the format.

For a quick refresher, instead of strokes, scoring is maintained by points. Here is how the modified Stableford scoring system breaks down:

__Double Eagle - 8 points

Eagle - 5 points

Birdie - 2 points

Par - 0

Bogey - minus-1

Double or more - minus-3__

What makes this format enthralling on the professional circuit is it enables players to take the foot off the break. More than that, it encourages a "go for broke" mentality. Basically, what you and your buds try to do at the local muny ... only these guys actually make it work.

The Barracuda Championship will be played on Montreux Golf and Country Club. Geoff Ogilvy is your defending champ.

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