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Saturday 24 August 2019

Harrington in Reno

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka

Padraig Harrington will look to take inspiration from Shane Lowry's Open triumph in the Barracuda Championship, where high points totals rather than low scores will be the order of the day.

And with the world's best contesting the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis, the door is open for some of the PGA Tour's lesser lights or veteran stars to claim a lucrative victory at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno.

The Barracuda Championship - formerly known as the Reno-Tahoe Open - uses a Modified Stableford format, which allocates points based on the number of strokes taken at each hole.

Eight points are awarded for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for a double bogey or worse.

Harrington, who is one of six major champions in the field, missed the cut in the Open at Royal Portrush but was waiting beside the 18th green as Lowry won his first major title on Sunday.

Meanwhile, world number one Brooks Koepka would welcome more equipment club testing during the season in the wake of Xander Schauffele's row with the R&A at Royal Portrush.

Schauffele accused the game's governing body of trying to "ruin my image" by allowing news to come out that his driver had been found to be non-compliant ahead of the first round of last week's Open Championship.

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