Go low or go home. It’s the mantra at more than a few tournaments on the PGA Tour, including the Barbasol Championship. The six-year-old event, played the same week as The Open, has been held at Keene Trace Golf Club near Lexington, Ky., since 2018 and in the two previous playings there (the 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19), the winners have had to dig deep into red figures to hold on to the title.
Jim Herman shot a 26 under in 2019 to take the title over Kelly Kraft. The previous year Troy Merritt outpaced a trio of rivals to win with a 23-under score.
Even when the event was played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, you had to post four scores that started with a 6 to really have a chance. Overall, the worst winning total is 18 under par.
Given all this, 54-hole leader J.T. Poston should feel pretty good about things. After a third-round 66, the 28-year-old is one stroke ahead of Luke List and two up on James Hahn and Joseph Bramlett. Conversely, it’s been more than two months since a 54-hole leader in a tour event has finished off a victory (hope Louis Oosthuizen over at Royal St. George’s isn’t reading this), the last coming with Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship.
If Poston holds on, he’d claim a second PGA Tour win and earn a prize money payout of $630,000 from a purse of $3.5 million. Here’s the prize money breakdown for all the people who make the cut at the Barbasol.