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Allred finishes sixth at Barracuda

RENO, Nev. — Even with some struggles along the way, Jason Allred walked 18 holes with a positive attitude and a smile on his face.

Playing as a sponsor's exemption, the Ashland native finished in a tie for sixth in the Barracuda Championship at Montreux Golf and Country Club. It was just Allred's second career top-10 finish; he tied for third in the Northern Trust Open in February.

"I just tried to remember what a gift it was to be here in the first place," Allred said. "That's easier said than done for me. I love the game, and I want to do well so bad. I just have to remember I have nothing to lose and just play a little more free."

Allred finished with 35 points, 14 behind winner Geoff Ogilvy, in the tournament's modified Stableford format, which award points for birdies and eagles but deducts points for bogeys. He earned $104,250.

For the first time in his career, Allred was part of the final group on a Sunday, joining Ogilvy and Nick Watney. After Saturday's play, Allred sat in a tie for second with Watney at 32 points, while Ogilvy led with 35.

A 3-point round Sunday sent him down four spots.

"Naturally, the competitor in me is a little disappointed," he said. "I didn't have my best stuff today, but that said, I really hung in there, and I played my heart out. I can honestly look back and say I had a great time. Certainly gave it my best. Hopefully, next time, I'll do a little better."

Through the first three rounds, Allred improved his score each day, posting scores of 7, 11 and 14. An eagle, worth 5 points, on the par-4 No. 15 highlighted his third-round score.

However, Allred struggled with his driver on Sunday. This was most evident when he drove into the bushes and sagebrush outside of the ropes on the right side of the eighth fairway.

He was forced to take an unplayable and drop the ball. It almost got even more complicated for Allred.

"I dropped it and almost hit my foot," he said. "Then, I would've added up the strokes pretty fast. I might've just picked up. I would've reached my three-point maximum."

Allred was able to recover, managing a bogey, only costing himself one point instead of three.

"In this format, bogeys don't kill you," he said. "I was proud of that; I hung in there."

However, the eighth hole was the first of four bogeys in five holes for Allred, pushing him down to 29 points.

He didn't give up, though. He birdied Nos. 13 and 14 before ending his day with a birdie on No. 18.

Without his final hole performance, he would have been left outside the top 10. By sinking the birdie putt, Allred earned enough non-member FedExCup points to gain a spot in the season-ending Wyndham Championship, played in Greensboro, N.C.

"It means one more chance, which is thrilling," he said. "I can't wait. We're going to go home tomorrow, so I have a week off. I can't wait to have another shot at it."

Allred gave credit to his support system, notably his parents, his wife and three children, for his strong finish, as well as his success throughout the weekend.

"As a Christian, the grace of God, really, but along with that, starting with my family, I have incredible people around me," he said. "I'm a rich man before I even tee it up."