RENO, Nev. — Troy Merritt scored five points with a 53-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th on Saturday to take a two-point lead in the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event.
Merritt had an 18-point round for a 37-point total at Montreaux Golf and Country Club. The scoring system awards eight points for albatross, five for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par, and subtracts a point for bogey and three for double bogey or worse.
A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Merritt made a 21-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th.
Robert Streb, the leader Saturday morning after the completion of the storm-delayed second round, was two points back after a 32-hole day. He had 10 points in the third round, closing with three straight pars.
“I can go back to the hotel and put my feet up for a little bit,” Streb said. “Waking up at 4 a.m. and getting done at dark is a long day.”
Collin Morikawa was third at 33 after a 13-point round. The 22-year-old Morikawa is making his sixth start as a professional after recently completing his college career at the University of California. In his last two events, he tied for second at the 3M Open and tied for fourth at the John Deere Classic.
“It would mean everything, especially that I’ve locked up pretty much my card for next year,” Morikawa said about the possibility of winning Sunday. “The goal’s to get in the playoffs, and the only way to do that is with a win. I’ve got this week and next week.”
John Chin followed at 31 with an 11-point round.