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Watney leads Barracuda, eyes 6th career PGA Tour title

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Barracuda Championship –Montreux Golf and Country Club – Reno, Nevada –

Nick Watney increased his lead to three points at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship heading into the weekend.

After a 69 in round two earning him +8 points in the Modified Stableford Scoring System, Watney sits +26 points at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno. The 33-year-old is just ahead former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

The duo tees off Saturday’s third round in the final group.

Watney is currently 124th in the FedEx Cup Standings and 80th in the Official World Golf Ranking. In the middle of one of his worst seasons on the PGA Tour, Watney has earned less than $600,000 this season having yet to record a Top 10.

Watney, who has five career PGA Tour victories with his last coming in 2o12, heads into the weekend with momentum. He finished T-12 last week in Canada but has only made 7 of 14 cuts heading into Reno.

The scoring system here allows for big swings on the leader board. Several players are within striking distance including Wes Roach (+22 points) along with Tim Wilkinson and Tommy Gainey, a two-time winner on tour. Both Gainey and Wilkinson are T-4 at +21 points.

Watney was one of the betting favorites heading into Reno at 16-to-1 odds at www.skybet.com.

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