IJGA alumnus, Richy Werenski, wins first PGA Tour event

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Richy Werenski holed a wedge from the fairway on the par-4 16th and birdied the last hole for a one-point victory over Troy Merritt this past Sunday in the Barracuda Championship to earn his first career PGA Tour victory.

Werenski started the final round 7 points behind leader Troy Merritt in the only Tour event that utilizes modified Stableford scoring. He was still well off the pace with just three holes to go but surged into contention with a 5-point eagle on No. 16, to get within a point of Merritt.

After hitting his drive on No. 18 into the trees, Werenski hit a wedge to 15 feet and calmly rolled in the birdie putt to reach 39 points, with 13 accrued during his final round. When Merritt left his birdie putt on No. 18 just short, Werenski had a one-point win and his first Tour title in his 100th career start.

“I wasn’t really expecting to make an eagle on No. 16,” Werenski said. “After we just barely missed our eagle on No. 12, I was like, ‘Well, at least we’ve got some birdie opportunities and we’ll kind of just do what we can.’ It just all happened really quick.”

With the win Werenski is now fully exempt through the 2022 season and has clinched spots in the U.S. Open, Players and Sentry Tournament of Champions. He also earned the final spot in next week’s PGA Championship.

“It’s huge,” said Werenski, making his 100th tour start. “I’ve been playing well for the last couple of months, but to get a win, I mean, that’s huge. I got a couple seconds and everything, so it just helps my confidence a lot. Now I know I’m good enough, and now we’re going to go make a move for the FedExCup Playoffs.”

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