Stuart Appleby made a positive step to earning a 10th win on the PGA Tour with strong opening round at the Barracuda Classic in Nevada on Thursday.

The Australian picked up eight birdies and two bogeys to score 14 points and end the day in equal second place in the Modified Stableford format at Montreux Country Club in Reno.

American John Huh, who had eight birdies and one bogey, leads Appleby and Argentine Miguel Angel Carballo, who made two eagles, by one point.

"The format here you've got to make birdies," Appleby said. "You've got to think about six birdies a day. I had eight today. Probably could have had more but I made some putts of length."

Appleby has nine victories on tour, the most recent in 2010 at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, where he carded 59 in the final round.

The 46-year-old, however, has struggled since, undergoing major back surgery in 2015.

The Barracuda Championship format encourages attacking golf by awarding eight points for albatross, five for eagle and two for birdie, while deducting one point for bogey and three points for double-bogey or worse.

Scores:

-15 John Huh (US) 15

-14 Stuart Appleby (Australia) 14, Miguel Angel Carballo (Argentina) 14

-13 Dicky Pride (US) 13, Ben Martin (US) 13, Ryan Palmer (US) 13, Brandon Hagy (US) 13, Patton Kizzire (US) 13, Rick Lamb (US) 13

-11 Brad Fritsch (Canada) 11, Davis Love III (US) 11, Luke List (US) 11, J.J. Spaun (US) 11, Brian Gay (US) 11, Greg Chalmers (Australia) 11, Tyrone Van Aswegen (South Africa) 11, Tom Hoge (US) 11, Richy Werenski (US) 11, Jay McLuen (US) 11, Steven Alker (New Zealand) 11

-10 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 10, Tag Ridings (US) 10, Joel Dahmen (US) 10, Sam Saunders (US) 10

-9 Chris Stroud (US) 9, Greg Owen (Britain) 9, D.J. Trahan (US) 9

Daniel Summerhays (US) 9

-8 Craig Barlow (US) 8, Charlie Wi (Korea) 8, Chris Kirk (US) 8, Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 8, Harris English (US) 8, Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 8, Peter Malnati (US) 8

-7 Scott Stallings (US) 7, Kyle Reifers (US) 7, Mark Wilson (US) 7, Ricky Barnes (US) 7, Jonathan Randolph (US) 7, Robert Garrigus (US) 7, Seamus Power (Ireland) 7, Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 7, Noh Seung-Yul (Korea) 7, Ben Corfee (US) 7, Derek Fathauer (US) 7, Ryan Armour (US) 7

-6 Graham DeLaet (Canada) 6, Arjun Atwal (India) 6, Matt Jones (Australia) 6, Tyler Aldridge (US) 6, Hunter Mahan (US) 6, Martin Flores (US) 6, Ken Duke (US) 6, Chad Collins (US) 6, Sam Horsfield (Britain) 6, Curtis Luck (Australia) 6, Juan Sebastian Munoz (Colombia) 6, Will Wilcox (US) 6, Maverick McNealy (US) 6, Chase Seiffert (US) 6, J.J. Henry (US) 6, Peter Lonard (Australia) 6

-5 Smylie Kaufman (US) 5, John Rollins (US) 5, Trey Mullinax (US) 5, Blayne Barber (US) 5, Tim Petrovic (US) 5, Jason Bohn (US) 5, David Hearn (Canada) 5, Hugo Leon (Chile) 5, Brett Drewitt (Australia) 5, Charlie Danielson (US) 5, Zachary Blair (US) 5, Steve Wheatcroft (US) 5, Johnson Wagner (US) 5, Matt Every (US) 5, Vaughn Taylor (US) 5, Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 5

-4 Ben Crane (US) 4, Mark Hubbard (US) 4, Cody Blick (US) 4, Andres Gonzales (US) 4, KJ Choi (Korea) 4, J.T. Poston (US) 4

-3 Alex Cejka (Germany) 3, Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 3, Brian Stuard (US) 3, Spencer Levin (US) 3, Robert Allenby (Australia) 3, Ted Purdy (US) 3, Brett Stegmaier (US) 3, John Merrick (US) 3, Tim Herron (US) 3, Shane Bertsch (US) 3, Jonathan Byrd (US) 3, Jake Sarnoff (US) 3, Brian Campbell (US) 3, Ollie Schniederjans (US) 3

-2 Steven Bowditch (Australia) 2, Cameron Beckman (US) 2, Tyler Raber (US) 2, Wyndham Clark (US) 2, Shawn Stefani (US) 2, Retief Goosen (South Africa) 2

-1 Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 1, Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 1, Max Homa (US) 1, Ryan Brehm (US) 1, Cameron Percy (Australia) 1, Bobby Wyatt (US) 1, Tommy Gainey (US) 1, Cameron Tringale (US) 1

-0 Troy Kelly (US) 0, Kevin Tway (US) 0, Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 0

–1 Nicholas Lindheim (US) -1, Chesson Hadley (US) -1, Troy Merritt (US) -1

–2 Brendon Todd (US) -2, Julian Etulain (Argentina) -2, Mark Anderson (US) -2, Davis Love IV (US) -2

–3 Bill Lunde (US) -3, Eric Axley (US) -3, Troy Matteson (US) -3, Chris Smith (US) -3, Nick Watney (US) -3

–4 Matt Bettencourt (US) -4

-5 Angel Cabrera (Argentina) -5, Rich Berberian Jr. (US) -5

-6 Marc Turnesa (US) -6

-11 Tom Morton (US) -11