Chez Reavie won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday, holding firm in the windy finale of the PGA Tour’s only modified Stableford scoring event for its third tour title.
Six-point lead at the start of the day, Reavie took a six-run run for a one-run victory over Alex Noren at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood layout.
Reavie, 40, became the first PGA Tour winner aged 40 or older since Lucas Glover a year ago at the 2021 John Deere Classic. The Arizona player finished with 43 points.
“I worked hard,” Reavie said. “I hit the ball and I knew I could do it. I just kept grinding, and here we are.
With the event also sanctioned by the European Tour, Reavie has earned spots on both tours in the 2024 seasons.
“I’m going to go,” Reavie said. “I had no idea it was on the table until I finished. I’m excited. I would love to go to Europe and play and maybe go play in the BMW or something. I would appreciate that very much.
He also won the 2008 Canadian Open and the 2019 Voyageurs Championship.
Reavie had four birdies and two bogeys on Sunday. Players get five points for eagle and two for birdie, while one point is deducted for bogey and three out for double bogey or worse.
“It was stressful today with the wind and I missed a couple putts early on,” Reavie said. “Has been lucky to make some good putts and come through.”
Reavie birdied the par-5 12th and birdied his last on the par-4 16th, punching a 15-footer after his approach to the flop hit a seam in the grass and shot forward. He went back and forth for par from a greenside bunker on the par-3 17, drilling a 5-footer, and tapped for the par on the par-4 18.
“I just stayed patient,” Reavie said. “I knew I was going to have to do it. I knew some guys were going to birdie a lot early. I was hoping to be one of those guys, but the putter kind of let me down early. I just tried to keep it as close to the hole as possible and make me look good.
Noren had a 14 run innings. The Swede is a 10-time European Tour winner who joined the PGA Tour in 2018.
“I love this course,” Noren said. “It was quite tricky today with the wind. It’s been a rollercoaster of a week, obviously, but when you make the cut, you think, well, it’s a good week anyway, and then I played well on the weekend and I got myself broke today.
Martin Laird finished third at 38 after a seven-point day.
“Really tough out there in the wind.” Laird said. “There were gusts everywhere. I think I started six behind Chez, so I knew he was playing really, really well. I would have to play a rather special trick today to catch up with him.
Mark Hubbard finished fourth at 37 and Scott Gutschewski fifth at 35.