PGA Tour

Huh leads Barracuda Championship by one point

John Huh (Getty)
John Huh (Getty)

Reno - Former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year John Huh got off to a roaring start and emerged with a slim lead after Thursday's opening round of the PGA Barracuda Championship. 

The 27-year-old American rolled in four birdies on his first five holes and finished one point ahead of the rest of the field at the Montreux Gold and Country Club course in Reno, Nevada. 

Huh tallied 15 points using the Modified Stableford System, which awards eight points for a double eagle, five points for an eagle and two for a birdie. Pars are worth zero points, while bogeys result in a loss of one point and double bogeys or worse mean a loss of three points. 

Australia's Stuart Appleby and Argentina's Miguel Angel Carballo shared second on 14. 

A half dozen Americans - Brandon Hagy, Ben Martin, Ryan Palmer, Dicky Pride, Patton Kizzire and Rick Lamb - shared fourth place at 13. 

After starting with a birdie at the 10th hole, Huh followed with a par, then went birdie-birdie-birdie. He finished with a total of eight birdies and a bogey. 

Huh, the 2012 PGA top rookie, earned his lone US tour victory that same season in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. 

Appleby had eight birdies and two bogeys while Carballo drained two eagles in his round.

Leading point totals after Thursday's first round of the PGA Barracuda Championship, which uses a Modified Stableford scoring system that awards eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for a bogey and minus three for any worse score (USA unless noted):

15 - John Huh

14- Miguel Angel Carballo (ARG), Stuart Appleby (AUS)

13 - Patton Kizzire, Brandon Hagy, Ben Martin, Ryan Palmer, Dicky Pride, Rick Lamb

11 - Brian Gay, Greg Chalmers (AUS), Tyrone Van Aswegen (RSA), Tom Hoge, Richy Werenski, Jay McLuen, Steven Alker (NZL), Luke List, J.J. Spaun, Davis Love

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