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Defending champ Henry, Davis Love III at PGA Reno
RENO, NEV. (AP) - J.J. Henry knows calculating how far the ball travels at high elevation along the Sierra Nevada was one of the keys to his Reno-Tahoe Open victory last year.
He got a greater appreciation for the altitude when his rental car broke down this week on the narrow, winding mountain highway that travels over an 8,900-foot pass between Lake Tahoe and the Montreux Golf & Country Club.
“Unfortunately, the car clunked out on us right on the side of Mount Rose,” said Henry, who claimed his second career PGA Tour victory at the 7,472-yard mountain course in the modified Stableford event.
“We could have picked a better place to break down,” he told reporters. “It was kind of an adventurous hour and a half on the side of Mount Rose.”
Tournament officials dispatched another car to pick up Henry and his friend near the entrance to the Mount Rose ski resort.
“Nothing like rental car trouble at 8500 ft!” Henry tweeted his followers complete with a photo of his car and barren ski runs in the background. “Thanks (at)Reno_Tahoe Open for coming to the rescue.”
Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, Stuart Appleby, David Toms, Ben Curtis, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini, Ben Crane, Camilo Villegas, Chad Campbell, Carl Petterson, Rich Beem and Woody Austin are among others playing at Reno while the world’s 73 best compete at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
“It’s a great golf course,” Henry said. “A lot of risk-reward, reachable par 5s, drivable par 4s based on the tees and the wind direction. It’s one of the most picturesque and one of the most exciting.”
Exciting because of the scoring format adopted for the first time last year that puts a premium on eagles and birdies and makes a winner out of the man with the most points instead of the fewest strokes. Used for years at the International in Colorado, players are awarded 8 points for double eagle, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, 0 for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.
Love, who is making his Reno debut, won the International in 1990 and 2003 when it was played at Castle Pines outside of Denver. He thinks long hitters will have an advantage this week on the edge of the Sierra Nevada.
“I like playing at altitude and I like Stableford, obviously,” Love said Wednesday before getting his first look at the course in a practice round.
” I’ve had some success at that in the past, so I’m excited about this week,” said last year’s Ryder Cup captain and winner of the 1997 PGA Championship.
Love was on the players’ board of directors when the tournament first approached the tour two years ago about the scoring change.
“My first reaction was, `I want to play.’ Obviously you’d rather be at Akron. But this is going to be a fun week for me,” he said. His daughter told him she might have trouble following the scoreboard.
“Hopefully, I can show her pluses are good and minuses are bad,” Love said.
By Brahma Chellaney
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