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Adam Schenk jumps to lead at Barracuda Championship

Jul 23, 2021; Blaine, Minnesota, USA; Adam Schenk tees off from the 4th hole during the second round of the 3M Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2021; Blaine, Minnesota, USA; Adam Schenk tees off from the 4th hole during the second round of the 3M Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Schenk recorded three birdies on his first six holes and finished with six on the day to take the lead after Saturday’s third round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only Modified Stableford event.

Schenk, who began the day two points behind Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, picked up 11 points and is at plus-38 for the tourney, held at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course in Truckee, Calif. Schenk finished with just one bogey.

Schenk is in his 114th Tour start and bidding to become the event’s sixth consecutive first-time winner.

His nearest competitors, Erik van Rooyen of South Africa and Andrew Putnam of the U.S., have 34 points apiece. van Rooyen added 10 points on Saturday, with six birdies and two bogeys, and Putnam added nine. He also had six birdies but had a double-bogey on No. 16.

The Modified Stableford scoring format encourages aggressive play. The objective is to finish with the highest score, with eagles worth five points, birdies worth two points and a par netting zero. Players are docked one point for a bogey and three points for a double or worse.

Tied at fourth with 33 points are Americans Scott Piercy (eight points on Saturday) and Joel Dahmen (seven points).

Second-round leader Grillo, who began the day with 29 points, fell to sixth place by adding only two points. He began the day going bogey-birdie for a net one point, and closed his round with birdie-bogey.

Alone in seventh place is Canada’s Taylor Pendrith, who picked up 14 points for the day and is at 30 overall.

Sean O’Hair of the U.S. picked up 17 points with nine birdies and one bogey to jump into a tie for eighth place at 29 points overall. Also at 29 is Ben Taylor of the United Kingdom. He gained only seven points on the day after picking up 19 on Friday.

Putnam and Piercy are among four players in the top 20 after the third round who have won the tournament previously. The other two are Greg Chalmers of Australia (tied for 11th with 27 points) and Gary Woodland (26, tied for 16th).

–Field Level Media