Barracuda Championship R3

Troy Merritt hits two eagles to take lead

July 25-28
Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nevada
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

American Troy Merritt moved up eight places and grabbed a two-point lead after 54 holes at the Barracuda Championship.

Merritt hit two eagles – including a 53-foot putt on the 18th – and four birdies in a blemish-free third round for a score of 18 and an overall total of 37 points.

The Barracuda Championship – at the Montreux Golf and Country Club – uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

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Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

Fellow American Robert Streb, the leader after the completion of the weather-delayed second round, sits in second place on 35 points.

The 32-year-old, who picked up 12 points in the second round, scored 10 points in the third round after finishing with a birdie and three straight pars.

Scotland’s Martin Laird is in a four-way tie for 10th on 28 points after recovering from a double-bogey on the par-three seventh to make seven birdies and 10 pars.

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