Hoge in front at rain-delayed Barracuda Championship

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RENO, Nev. — A hot start Friday resulted in Tom Hoge sitting atop of the Barracuda Championship leaderboard when the second round in Reno, Nev., was suspended due to rain.

In the event's Modified Stableford scoring system at Montreux Golf & Country Club, Hoge, , a Fargo South graduate, carded a plus-8 score to sit at plus-21 through two rounds.

Beau Hossler (plus-12 on Friday), John Chin (plus-11) and Collin Morikawa (plus-7) are tied for second at plus-20.

Troy Merritt (plus-12) and Brendon Todd (plus-11) share fifth place at plus-19, one point up on Chris Stroud (plus-8) and Will Gordon (plus-7).


First-round leader David Lingmerth of Sweden, who posted a plus-18 on Thursday, was minus-1 through four holes on Friday when play was halted. He is in a five-way tie for ninth at plus-17, though the other four players with that score have completed two rounds.

More than half the field will conclude the second round Saturday before commencing the third round.

The format awards eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle and two points for a birdie. No points are awarded for par, with a bogey costing a player one point and a double bogey or worse producing a minus-3 score.

Starting on the back nine, Hoge produced three birdies in his first four holes. He had two birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way.

"I just try to get in the fairway," Hoge, who has never won a PGA Tour event, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "And there's a lot of opportunities from there with short irons, you can get to all the par-5s, some drivable par-4s. It's a fun golf course to play and fun format. I enjoy the week."

John Daly, allowed to ride in a cart in the event because of osteoarthritis in his right knee, made par on each of the two holes he played Friday. He is tied for 111th at minus-2.

The alternate-field event is running concurrently with the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.


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