The Reno-Tahoe Open is the alternate event for those who don’t get into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Having moved to the Modified Stableford scoring system this year, the tournament is promoting aggressive play.
Scott Piercy would be defending champion this week, but earned a spot in the Firestone field after winning the RBC Canadian Open.
The most intriguing name in the field may well be a rejuvenated Padraig Harrington.
1. Padraig Harrington – He’s 60th in the world and playing great golf. He’s never seen Montreux, but he will be captivated by Stableford scoring.
2. Seung-yul Noh – The rookie is playing great and this event should be right up his alley.
3. Pat Perez – There are fewer players on the PGA Tour more aggressive than Perez. He lost a heartbreaker here last year to Scott Piercy.
4. J.B. Holmes – A long-ball hitter who is playing really well of late. He finished T-15 at the Canadian Open.
5. Chris Kirk – Kirk has found his game after an up-and-down season. He finished T-4 last week in Canada and T-10 in Mississippi.
6. Troy Matteson – He got into the Deere playoff and finished T-10 in Canada. He performs well in these types of events.
7. Dicky Pride – In limited starts this season, Pride has done his best when going low is a priority.
8. Vaughn Taylor – Taylor has won this event twice – the only guy to do that. Hasn’t been spectacular this year, but tough to ignore the track record.
9. John Rollins – He’s T-21 on the Tour in birdie average. He’s a go-for-broke kind of player, which may mean disaster or a great payoff in this format.
10. John Daly – Consider this a flier. He’s missed two cuts all year. He does not tend to go low, but might be a fun pick this week.