This is simply the second version of the Bermuda Championship, an occasion that was performed reverse the WGC-HSBC Champions 12 months in the past.
After the cancelation of this 12 months’s HSBC, the Bermuda Championship has been elevated to full FedEx Cup level occasion standing, with the winner incomes a 2021 US Masters invitation, however with this 12 months’s version of the US Masters solely two weeks away, the massive names are viewing this as a perfect week to take a break and the sector cannot be described as robust.
The solely participant concerned that performed in final week’s ZOZO Championship is the defending champion, Brendon Todd.
Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda.
Par 71, 6828 yards
Scoring Average in 2019 69.83
Port Royal is a brief, wind uncovered Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed course, with quite a few holes perched proper on the sting of the Atlantic Ocean.
Port Royal’s signature gap, the 235-yard par three sixteenth (beneath), with nothing however the Atlantic Ocean between the tee and the pin, is broadly considered one of many best par threes in golf.
In addition to final 12 months’s renewal of this occasion, Port Royal was additionally the host course for the now defunct Grand Slam of Golf for six years from 2009. The event, which was finally ditched in 2014, was staged to showcase the 4 main winners over two rounds. Here are the outcomes at Port Royal.
2009 – Lucas Glover – 11
2010 – Ernie Els -5
2011 – Keegan Bradley -4
2012 – Padraig Harrington -9
2013 – Adam Scott -8
2014 – Martin Kaymer -6
For extra on the venue, this is the PGA Tour’s course guide.
Live on Sky Sports all 4 days, beginning at 16:00 on Thursday.
Inaugural Winner with Pre-event Exchange Price
2019 – Brendon Todd -24 149/1150.0
What Will it Take to Win the Bermuda Championship?
Brendon Todd received by 4 final 12 months in 24-under-par. He went into the ultimate spherical trailing Harry Higgs by a few strokes however having parred the primary, he birdied the subsequent seven holes! What had regarded like being an thrilling finale quickly developed right into a cakewalk however the probabilities of seeing a end like that this time round are extraordinarily distant…
According to the most recent forecasts, Thursday seems pretty benign however the wind goes to blow laborious after that. It’s additionally going to be altering route so we will anticipate a a lot tougher take a look at and one which will effectively swimsuit the veterans with heaps extra expertise of coastal golf in excessive winds, round a monitor that actually would not require size off the tee.
Todd solely ranked 51st for Driving Distance final 12 months however six of the top-ten ranked contained in the top-ten for Driving Accuracy. Todd ranked fourth. Bermuda tough (the grass kind and not simply any kind of tough in Bermuda!) is notoriously tough to play from, which is why the extra correct sorts ought to flourish once more this week.
Todd ranked tenth for Greens In Regulation and six of the primary seven ranked 18th or higher for that stat. Higgs was the odd man out, rating thirty first.
Todd and Higgs ranked fourth and first for Scrambling so the important thing to success right here seems to be accuracy and an incredible brief recreation.
Is There an Angle In?
Quite a lot of occasions are staged at programs much like this. The Sony Open, the RBC Heritage and the RSM Classic are all held on coastal, wind-affected programs and the host venues, Waialae Country Club, Harbour Town Golf Links and Sea Island Resort are all Bermuda.
Although the course used is fully laid to Paspalum and not Bermuda, one different occasion that pursuits me is the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. That too is staged on a windy, uncovered, coastal format away from the United States, and staged within the Dominican Republic.
It can be dangerous to offer any proof an excessive amount of credence after only one version however the occasion that threw up loads of crossover kind final 12 months was the RSM Classic. I regarded on the top-seven from final 12 months’s renewal right here and the proof is sort of compelling.
Todd completed fourth within the RSM Classic, two weeks after successful this, Higgs was thirty fifth, and Brain Gay, who was tied third behind Todd, has a fourth and a 3rd at Sea Island. Hank Lebioda, alongside Gay in third, has completed thirty second and thirtieth in two begins there (two of solely 9 top-32 profession finishes on the PGA Tour), Aaron Wise, additionally tied third right here, completed thirteenth there on debut in 2017 (one MC since) and Scottie Scheffler adopted his tied third right here with a tied fifth at Sea Island. And lastly, Fabian Gomez who completed seventh right here final 12 months, was eighth there in 2014 and he was additionally sitting in fifth final 12 months, earlier than a poor weekend noticed him slip to twenty third.
Winner’s Position and Exchange Price Pre-Round Four
2019 – Brendon Todd – trailing by two 11/26.6
Given Thursday is the one day when the wind is not going to blow laborious, the primary spherical goes to be essential as it’ll be very laborious to make up floor after that.
Keep an eye fixed on the forecast, and in-particular, Saturday. At this early stage, it seems like Saturday morning will not be as dangerous as Saturday afternoon and there may be a possibility for somebody to make a good transfer earlier than the wind picks up.
Rapidly rising star, Will Zalatoris, heads the market after his sixth positioned end within the US Open 4 begins in the past. He wants to complete higher than tied 69th to safe Special Temporary Membership of the PGA Tour and he’ll fancies his probabilities to take action.
He’s missed only one lower for the reason that restart (Sanderson Farms Championship) and after a run of top-tens (together with a win) on the Korn Ferry Tour, his PGA Tour figures learn a powerful 6-8-MC-5. He’s a worthy favorite however given the climate forecast, I’m in no rush to anybody at a brief worth, and that features the defending champ.
Todd got here into this occasion with kind figures studying MC-MC-MC-MC-28 final 12 months and he was matched at a excessive of 189/1190.0 however what a distinction a 12 months makes! He adopted victory right here with one other win on the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico (which can even correlate a bit with this one) and, as already said, he was then fourth within the RSM Classic on his subsequent outing.
He’s been in truthful kind all 12 months, main each the Travelers Championship and the WGC-FedEx St Jude with a spherical to go however he fell to exterior the top-ten on each events and it is a huge ask after a few lacklustre efforts within the CJ Cup and the ZOZO Championship.
Harold Varner III continues to be but to win on the PGA Tour however he is a winner Down Under and he can deal with windy circumstances. He’s been in truthful type of late, producing figures studying 29-7-MC-29-13 however he is too brief for me at lower than 29/130.0.
I’ll be again later tomorrow with the Find Me a 100 Winner picks and this occasion will characteristic however for now I’m going with only one, the latest Safeway Open winner, Stewart Cink.
Cink was terrible the final time he performed, capturing 81 in spherical 4 of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and it might have made sense for him to place his toes up and loosen up for some time having received the Safeway a month in the past however that remaining spherical might be forgiven and I can see why he is focusing on this one.
Following his win on the Safeway, Cink completed a good twelfth on the Sanderson Farms Championship and he sat seventh and simply two off the lead at midway on the Shriners too. A 3rd spherical 70 noticed him slip away there and his disinterested 81 can presumably be forgiven. If that is nothing to fret about, and he returns in truthful kind, he should maintain a good probability round a course he is performed earlier than and that ought to swimsuit him properly.
The 2009 Open Champion shot rounds of 67 – 70 when ending third behind Lucas Glover within the Grand Slam right here and whereas that is not kind to jot down dwelling about, the truth that he is performed the course and that he is determined to play this occasion, when he actually would not should trouble following the Safeway win, is a good clue in itself.
Cink has received at Harbour Town (twice), he has top-tens within the RSM Classic and the Sony Open and he is a fairly sensible wind participant. I assumed 64/165.0 was particularly reasonable.
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