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Reno-Tahoe Open to use modified Stableford
By mustang6560 on 7/31/12
If you need a reason to watch the Reno-Tahoe Open at Montreux Golf & Country Club, then I've got your reason.

Unlike the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, which is the main event this weekend at Firestone Country Club, and the other PGA Tour events that use the traditional stroke play format, the Reno-Tahoe Open will be using the modified Stableford system to decide the winner.
The International (1986-2006) was the last Tour event to use the points system. It is in effect this week at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nev., to give the tournament character as it is an opposite-field event, contested alongside the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

"The PGA Tour believes there is merit to this format for Reno," Andy Pazder, Tour vice president and chief of operations, said in a statement. "The (m)odified Stableford system not only promotes aggressive play, which the tournament is already known for, but Montreux lends itself well to this exciting format with its series of challenging finishing holes."
The modified Stableford system, like the normal Stableford system, awards points based on a player's score on each hole. However, unlike the normal Stableford system, the modified Stableford system deducts points for bogeys and double bogeys (or worse). At the end of the tournament, the player with the most points wins. Here is a breakdown of how the point system works.
  • Double Eagle: 8 points
  • Eagle: 5 points
  • Birdie: 2 points
  • Par: 0 points
  • Bogey: -1 point
  • Double Bogey or Worse: -3 points
I've never played modified Stableford (or normal Stableford) before, so I'm definitely interested in the Reno-Tahoe Open (well played PGA Tour, well played). Heck, I may even try to play modified Stableford this weekend instead of stroke play.

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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
sounds fun, I am sure someone will cry about it after all is said and done though.
BentPutter says:
Modified Stableford would probably be the only way I could get a negative score...
bobhooe says:
this is the only way I coould get to -10
jfurr says:
When I've played this format you are given a quota based on your handicap (36 - hcp) is the score you need to shoot. So if 16 hcp your quota is 20 and you shoot 22 points you are +2.

I'm playing in a two day Modified Stableford tourney this weekend actually.
jfurr says:
The points awarded AE different in the handicapped events though- bogey 1 pt, par 2 pt, birdie 3, etc
Duke of Hazards says:
cool. makes me want to tune in to check it out. they should do some bingo/bango/bongo at the next red-headed stepchild event opposite a wgc/major
Dusty23 says:
Ran a league for twelve years that used a different version of the Modified Stableford, due to the wide variety of skill of the players and to keep the math easier, you made points for double bogey or better, 1pt for a double, 2 for an bogey, 3 for par, 4 for birdie, 5 for eagle, 6 for dbl eagle, 10 for hole in one. We used Handicaps for all and points were awarded on the net hole scores. In all that time only, only one person ever got 10 pts.
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