Barracuda Championship still on PGA Tour's schedule, just with a later date

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The Barracuda Championship will be held at{ }Old Greenwood this year. (Old Greenwood)

The Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's annual stop in the Reno/Tahoe area, is still expected to be played this season, although it will have a later date than previously planned.

Golf Digest, citing multiple sources, reported Tuesday that PGA Tour officials are expected to announce this week it will resume play in June after the season was suspended to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Golf Digest said officials from the PGA Tour held a conference call Tuesday with the Players Advisory Council when details of the re-start were discussed.

The PGA Tour's original target date was returning for the Colonial, held from May 21-24, but that has been pushed back to June with the opening event being the Charles Schwab Challenge, according to Golf Digest's report.

The report said the latest schedule scenario being discussed by the PGA Tour includes playing 15 events in addition to the Ryder Cup. The Masters has already been moved to November.

In this scenario, the Barracuda Championship would be held July 30-Aug. 2, postponed nearly a full month from its previous date of July 2-5. The tournament would still be held opposite a larger event, the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which also would be played July 30-Aug. 2 and would impact the level of field available for the Barracuda Championship.

Golf Digest reported all tournaments would feature larger fields (from 144 to 156 players) since the season has been impacted by COVID-19. The one possible exception would be the WGC-FedEx St. Jude. A smaller field there would increase the quality of the Barracuda's field. The PGA Tour said it is prepared to hold tournaments without fans if that is the safest way to resume play.

The Barracuda Championship was already undergoing big change this season after changing home courses in December. Reno's Montreux Golf & Country Club voted to no longer host the tournament after 21 years, forcing a relocation to Old Greenwood at Tahoe Mountain Club just outside of Truckee for the next four years.

Both Montreux and Old Greenwood are Jack Nicklaus Signature courses with tree-lined fairways played at elevation.

"Since the middle of August, we've been searching for a new home for the tournament," tournament director Chris Hoff said in December about the venue move. "I can't think of many courses in the area we did not talk to, and we brought the Tour out and looked at half a dozen if not more and there's one venue that stood out, there was one ownership group that stood out, there was one community that stood out. We knew we were in the right place when the very first question from somebody in the crowd was, 'What can we do to support you?' We're already off on a great start. We look forward to engaging everybody up there and we look forward to a bright future for the Barracuda Championship."

The other annual golf tournament in Reno/Tahoe is the American Century Championship at Edgewood in South Tahoe, held July 7-12. Given how much that event is based on fan interaction, it seems more unlikely it will be played this season than the Barracuda. No official decision has been made on the fate of the tournament.

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