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Martin Laird takes the lead after first round at Barracuda Championship

RENO, Nev. -- Martin Laird of Scotland piled up points with eight birdies Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Barracuda Championship.

Laird is familiar with high altitude at Montreux Golf and Country Club. He came from Scotland to play at Colorado State, so the extra distance the golf ball flies was not much of an adjustment. His final birdie on the par-5 18th hole gave him 15 points, one more than Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas and Greg Chalmers.

The Barracuda Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system, with five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie and deductions of one point for a bogey and two points for a double-bogey or worse.

The top player not already eligible earns a spot in the British Open.