Charley Hoffman and Mark Hubbard share the lead in the first round of the Barracuda Championship

TRUCKEE, California – Charley Hoffman and Mark Hubbard each had 13 points in the modified Stableford scoring system to share the lead in the first round of the Barracuda Championship.

Hoffman and Hubbard each had seven birdies and a bogey at the Tahoe Mountain Club in the second of two U.S. events in a row, which were approved by the European tour. Players receive eight points for albatross, five for eagle and two for birdie. One point is deducted for bogey and three is deducted for double bogey or worse.

Hoffman finished his afternoon round with a birdie of par-4 ninth. The 45-year-old former UNLV player has four PGA Tour victories.

“It’s just nice to be able to play golf,” Hoffman said as he finished 69th at the Scottish Open last week. “This year has been a tough year with back problems. The back feels OK, so when it feels OK, I want to play, so that’s why I play.”

The 33-year-old Hubbard is without a win on the PGA Tour. He finished third last week in Kentucky in the Barbasol Championship.

“I feel comfortable out here.” said Hubbard. “I’m from Colorado. I’m good at elevation, went to school (San Jose State) two hours from here, so it still feels like a home event.”

Brice Garnett, Sean Crocker and Aaron Cockerill were in third place with 12 points. Maverick McNealy was 11 with Henrik Norlander, Michael Gligic, Callum Tarren and Jim Knous.

Former Pepperdine player Joe Highsmith had seven points in his first PGA Tour start as a professional. He is playing on a sponsorship exemption.

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