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13 golfers to watch at this week's Barracuda Championship

Barracuda Championship
The{ }Barracuda Championship starts Thursday. (Nevada Sports Net)

The PGA Tour's annual stop in Reno is this week's Barracuda Championship, which starts with Thursday's first round. Here's a list of 13 golfers to keep an eye on in this week's 132-player field.

Collin Morikawa: The Cal alum made his professional debut last month and has a second-place finish and fourth-place finish in his last two PGA Tour starts. He could win a major title at some point in his career. Don't be surprised if he wins this week.

Sam Saunders: One of the favorites this week, here are Saunders' finishes in his last three starts at the Barracuda: seventh, sixth and ninth. He's been up-and-down this season, being cut 10 times in 24 events, but he likes this course and scoring system.

Martin Laird: The Colorado State graduate is used to mountain golf. He has five starts at Montreux has has never finished worse than a tie for 15th, including a runner-up finish in 2009 when the tournament was a stroke play event.

Bill Haas: A six-time PGA Tour winner, Haas has finished 10th and 11th in his last two events, although he was tied for third in both events heading into Sunday's play before fading in each event. Haas has been playing well of late.

Martin Kaymer: The two-time major champion (he won the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Open) will tee it up at his first Barracuda in hopes of making the FedExCup playoffs. He has five top 20s in his last eight starts.

Padraig Harrington: The biggest name in the event belongs to Harrington, who got in via the career money exemption. Harrington's been cut in seven of his nine PGA Tour starts this year, including four straight, but he's a regular here who knows the course.

Ho-Sung Choi: The South Korean native became a viral sensation because of his unique swing. He earned a sponsors exemptions into the field. He's won four international events but is looking to make his first PGA Tour cut in his third career start.

John Daly: A fan favorite, Daly is back at the Barracuda Championship for the first time since 2015. Daly has had success on the Champions Tour this year, but he's missed the cut or withdrew in 19 of his last 21 PGA Tour starts.

David Duval: The 2001 British Open winner and former world No. 1 golfer made news last week when he carded a 14 on the par-4 seventh at Royal Portrush. Hopefully he doesn't have as much trouble this week.

Stuart Smith: The PGA Director of Golf at Somersett Golf & Country Club, Smith got into the event by being the PGA Section Champion/Player of the Year. He played in the 2013 and 2014 Barracudas, being cut both times.

J.J. Henry: The 44-year-old has won three PGA Tour events in his career, and two of them have come at Montreux, so he likes the layout. Henry won the 2012 event with 43 points and captured the 2015 tournament with 47 points.

Charlie Wi: The former Nevada Wolf Pack golfer (who finished he career at Cal) was bumped into the field this week and will make his 10th appearance in this event. He's been cut five times in his first nine tries with a best finish of tied for 11th.

Ollie Osborne: The Bishop Manogue High graduate played his way into the tournament during a playoff in the Monday qualifier. It will be the first PGA Tour start for the SMU freshman who grew up at Montreux. Pretty cool moment for him.


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