U.S. Open champions to compete in 16th annual tournament

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Updated: 7/25/2014 12:44 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Barracuda Championship has announced the addition of Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy -- both seven-time PGA TOUR winners -- to the 2014 field.

Goosen is a two-time U.S. Open champion and holds memberships with three worldwide tours; the PGA TOUR, European Tour and South African Tour. He spent over 250 weeks in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings between 2001 and 2007. This is the first time that Goosen will make an appearance at the Barracuda Championship.

Ogilvy is also a U.S. Open champion and a three-time World Golf Championship winner. In 2010, Ogilvy won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the opening event of the PGA TOUR season, and in the very same year he won the Australian Open. Ogilvy has competed twice in Barracuda Championship history, although it has been more than ten years since he made his last appearance.

“We’re very pleased about the addition of Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy to our field of players,” Chris Hoff, Tournament Director, said. “It’s players such as these who add extra excitement to our event and who the fans come out to see.”

Goosen and Ogilvy add to the list of impressive golfers who have already committed, including John Daly, Padraig Harrington, and up-and-comer Patrick Rodgers. On Friday, July 25 the entire field of players will be released for Barracuda Championship.

Barracuda Championship is the PGA TOUR’s only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring system. It encourages aggressive play by awarding positive points for birdie or better (8 for double eagle, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie) and subtracting points for bogey (minus-1) or worse (minus-3) promoting each player to fight to the finish. Last year’s champion, Gary Woodland, tallied 44 points over four rounds to win his share of the $3 million purse. Woodland made history at the 2014 Masters with a tie in the first round by shooting 30 at Augusta.

The Barracuda Championship is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 3, 2014, at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev.

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