Darrell Moody: Golfers again ready to take on Barracuda
July 26, 2017
The 19th annual Barracuda Championship comes to Montreux Golf & Country Club for its annual run from July 31-Aug. 6.
Greg Chalmers, who won his first PGA Tour title last year after more than 370 career starts, is the defending champion.
Chalmers is seeking to become the second player in tournament history to win the event in back-to-back years. Vaughn Taylor won in 2004 and 2005.
The other two-time winner of the event is J.J. Henry, who triumphed in 2012 and again in 2015.
Of the past winners, the defending champ hasn't returned the next year 10 times — Notah Begay III (1999 winner), Scott Verplank (2000 winner), John Cook (2001 winner), Chris Riley (2002 winner), Kirk Triplett (2003 winner), Taylor (2005 winner), Steve Flesch (2007 winner), Scott Piercy (2011 winner), Gary Woodland (2013 winner) and Matt Bettencourt (2010 winner). Bettencourt withdrew prior to the 2011 tourney.
The Barracuda, an alternate event, has been the first win for many players, including Chalmers, Parker McLachlan (2008), Piercy, Bettencourt, MacKenzie, Taylor and Riley.
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