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Chalmers gets first PGA Tour win at Barracuda

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RENO, Nev. - Greg Chalmers won the Barracuda Championship on Sunday at Montreux for his first PGA Tour title, making an eagle on the final hole for a six-point victory in the modified Stableford scoring event.

The 42-year-old Australian broke through in his 386th start after entering the week as the active player with the most events without a victory.

A point ahead of Gary Woodland and needing at least a par on the par-5 18th to wrap up the victory, Chalmers made an 8-foot eagle putt after hitting a 320-yard drive and 230-yard approach. A few minutes earlier in the group ahead, Woodland three-putted for a bogey on 18.

Chalmers had a four-point round to finish with 43 in the system that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and deducts a point for bogey and three for double bogey or worse. He also had two birdies and five bogeys, the last two on Nos. 15 and 17.

The left-hander earned a two-year Tour exemption and a spot in the British Open at Royal Troon. With only conditional status, he split time between the Tour and the Web.com Tour this year. The two-time Australian Open and Australian PGA champion missed the cuts in his previous five starts on the big tour.

Because of the West Virginia floods that led to The Greenbrier Classic being canceled, a British Open spot was transferred to the leading player not already eligible at Montreux.

 

Woodland, the 2013 winner, also had a four-point round to finish second.

In standard scoring, Chalmers finished a stroke ahead of Woodland and third-place finisher Colt Knost, closing with a 1-over 73 for a 15-under total.

Knost had a 10-point round to reach 35. He has three top-four finishes in his last five events, the first a tie for third in The Players Championship.

Tim Herron was another point back after a 13-point round.

Brendan Steele and Steve Wheatcroft tied for fifth with 32 points. Steele birdied the last four holes in an eight-point round, and Wheatcroft birdied three of final four holes in a five-pointer.

Rhein Gibson had the shot of the week, holing out from 175 yards for double eagle on the par-5 18th. He set up the albatross with a 370-yard drive.

Barracuda will donate $100,000 to a charity in Gibson's name. The only other albatross in tournament history was by Shiv Kapur in the second round in 2010, when the hole played as No. 9. Gibson tied for 25th with 24 points.