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PGA Eagle helps Chez Reavie charge to Barracuda lead

Chez Reavie chipped in for an eagle on Friday and emerged with the three-point lead at the midpoint of the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif.

Reavie produced a plus-19 score for the day at the Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course using the event’s Modified Sableford scoring system. He sits at plus-28 through two rounds.

“I hit the ball really well (Thursday),” Reavie said. “I just didn’t really make as many putts. … (On Friday), I was able to knock those in.”

Double eagles are worth eight points, eagles five points, birdies two points, pars zero points, bogeys minus-one point and double bogeys or worse minus-three points.

First-round co-leader Mark Hubbard, who finished at plus-12 on Friday, and Sweden’s Henrik Norlander, who had a plus-14, are tied for second at plus-25.

Kevin Tway (plus-15 on Friday) holds fourth place at plus-21. Maverick McNealy (plus-8) and Martin Trainer (plus-11) are tied for fifth at plus-19.

Scotland’s Martin Laird (plus-8) sits in seventh place at plus-18.

Brice Garnett (plus-5), Sean Crocker (plus-5) and Italy’s Nino Bertasio (plus-10) share eighth place at plus-17.

The other first-round co-leader, Charley Hoffman, was just plus-2 on the day and slipped to a tie for 18th at plus-15.

Reavie had the best round of the tournament with the eagle, seven birdies and no bogeys. He was just off the green behind a bunker at the par-5 sixth hole when his third shot landed on the green and rolled into the hole.

“I just missed the bunker and had to chip across the green and was fortunate to knock it in,” said the 40-year-old Reavie, who has two career PGA Tour victories, the latest one coming at the 2019 Travelers Championship.

Hubbard played the back nine first and was just plus-2 at the turn. He added five birdies and no bogeys on the front nine.

“I definitely think it’s the easier nine,” he said.

Norlander recorded seven birdies in a bogey-free round and commented afterwards: “Just felt like I was cruising.”

–Field Level Media

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