With a score of 36, J.J Henry has a three point lead at The Reno-Tahoe Open golf tournament being played at Montreaux Golf and Country Club located just about half way between Reno Nevada and Lake Tahoe. While the top tier players on the PGA Tour are at the World Golf Championship in Akron Ohio, the remainder are playing in the only tournament that uses that Modified Stableford scoring system to determine the winner.
The Modified Stableford system rewards 5 points for an Eagle, and two points for a birdie, and Henry was quoted as not being entirely sure of the strategy, but thinks if he can keep making double digit point totals every day, he should have a chance to win. The unique scoring system has not been used since The International in 2006, and rewards no points for par, removes points for bogey and double bogey or worse.
J.J Henry is a 37 year old journyman pro from Fairfield Connecticut who is currently 104th on the money list. His best finish on the 2012 season was T-3 at the HP-Byron Nelson in Texas. He has made 16 cuts in 25 tournament entries, and is 97th in Fed Ex Cup points for the season. This would be without a doubt, large, if he can hold on to win.
Alexandre Rocha is three points back at 33 points, and John Mallinger at 32. Eight points back is former PGA and British Open John Daly and tied for 5th place. With a scoring format that rewards aggressive play, this should be right down Daly’s alley to make a run at a win in the U.S.
Other prominent players in the field who didn’t get an invitation to Firestone are Padraig Harrington, Justin Leonard and Ricky Barnes. This tournament is important to golfers trying to get their 2013 tour card without having to attend the soon to be antiquated Q-School. The Q-School will eventually be dropped as a way to get a card in favor of tournaments like this and the Web.com tour.
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