Joel Dahmen shot a plus-16 Thursday in the only modified-scoring event of the PGA Tour’s season for a two-shot lead at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif.
Stephan Jaeger (+14) sits in second, Scott Harrington is in third with a plus-13, and Emiliano Grillo and Michael Thompson are tied for fourth after shooting plus-12.
The tournament employs the Modified Stableford scoring format, which 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 points. Players are docked one point for a bogey and three points for a double or worse. A double-eagle gets you eight points.
Dahmen carded eight birdies to account for his plus-16. It’s Dahmen’s fifth first-round lead/co-lead. He would become the seventh multiple winner of the season if he wins. Only Dahmen and Andrew Putnam (+10) turned in bogey-free rounds.
Roger Sloan sits alone in sixth (+11) while eight golfers are tied for seventh at plus-10.
Shawn Stefani recorded an ace and was awarded the eight points for a double-eagle, finishing with 12 points on his final three holes. But he carded five bogeys for a round of plus-4 (T56).
Defending champion Richy Werenski picked up eight points to finish the day tied for 21st in his bid to become the event’s second back-to-back winner.
–Field Level Media