Merritt makes eight birdies to grab PGA Barracuda lead

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

Emiliano Grillo, 27, of Argentina, had his best round of the tournament, scoring 11 points, and now sits in a two-way tie for second place with 29 points.

Back-to-back birdies save Arjun Atwal's day.

Weir has been working on his game at home in Utah, while also trying to enjoy being around friends and family during his first summer at home in years.

Merritt, whose PGA titles include the 2015 National and the 2018 Barbasol Championship, opened and closed his front nine with back-to-back birdies and closed his round with double birdies again at 17 and 18.

Last year's runner-up Troy Merritt and Maverick McNealy are on 19 points.

"Relief to get into the weekend, but disappointed not to make use of any of the Par-5s today". "I'm not going out thinking that I can play well without putting the work in".

"I felt great all week", Grace said.

"Those are the big points. I'm really excited to see how well she's playing, and hopefully we can both make a run tomorrow". But he felt exhausted Friday night and thought it had to do with playing in altitude.

The event is being played in high altitude at Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood Course, the PGA TOUR's lone modified Stableford scoring event.

Schwab is seeking to become the first sponsor exemption to win since Matthew Wolff won the 2019 3M Open, while Streb has never missed the cut at Barracuda, and Grace came in with four cuts before this week. Grace lost the chance to play in two tournament in one day. The other one is Roberto Castro, who has a total of 14 points and is T-19. I have just one birdie on a par-5 which was on 12th in the first round.

With three birdies (+6) and three bogeys (-3), Atwal ended Friday at +3.

The 32-year-old South African was in a share of second at the PGA Tour event in Nevada but withdrew ahead of the third round and will now go into isolation for 10 days.

Not much has happened according to schedule in 2020, so consider Mike Weir's PGA Tour Champions debut this week a belated birthday present. He had two previous top-five finishes in the event.

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