With November’s US Masters simply two weeks away, the PGA Tour heads to the North Atlantic for the second instalment of the Bermuda Championship.
Located round 640 miles from the North Carolina coast, Port Royal golf course will as soon as once more host the match.
Low mendacity and coastal, this resort course will be beautiful on a great day however windswept on a nasty one.
That stated, final 12 months’s inaugural match didn’t trigger too many issues for eventual champion Brendon Todd who posted rounds of 63 and 62, en path to finishing 72 holes in 24 below par (260).
Designed by Robert Trent Jones, and opened in 1970, Port Royal was upgraded 11 years in the past in a mission which value $14.5m.
This was accomplished forward of internet hosting the four-player 36-hole Grand Slam of Golf for six straight years from 2009.
Absence of stars
With a lot of the PGA Tour’s main gamers taking a break, forward of Augusta National, there aren’t any top-25 ranked professionals within the area.
Not the longest of Tour layouts, water is just a difficulty on 5 holes, together with on the iconic par-three sixteenth which could be a actual handful if the wind blows.
Among these heading to this British Overseas Territory are 5 top-80 ranked Europeans – Henrik Stenson (54), Danny Willett (56), Tom Lewis (66), Rasmus Hojgaard (74) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (78).
However, essentially the most in-form golfer among the many entry record is 24-year-old Californian Will Zalatoris who stepped seamlessly from the Korn Ferry Tour onto the primary PGA Tour throughout late summer season.
After topping the Korn Ferry standings, albeit in a Covid-ravaged season, he tied-sixth within the US Open earlier than including two extra top-10s on the PGA Tour.
This week’s occasion, which has a weaker than regular area, will present Zalatoris with a great likelihood to additional his rising popularity.
However, because the fourth-highest ranked golfer participating, he might face somewhat extra stress than regular.
One 12 months older than Zalatoris is the big-hitting Kristoffer Ventura. The Mexican-born Norwegian has loved a stable begin to the brand new PGA Tour season, posting two top-10 finishes from 4 occasions.
Opportunity for the oldies?
Almost twenty years older than each Zalatoris and Ventura is Charley Hoffman whose kind has taken an up-turn in latest weeks.
Hoffman hasn’t gained for greater than 4 years however his tie-for-sixth in Mississippi throughout September was his highest end in over 18 months.
And one other veteran who has all of a sudden began taking part in effectively once more is Stewart Cink, winner at Silverado the place he ended an 11-year title-drought.
Finally, in a match missing stars, perhaps the coastal breezes will assist Padraig Harrington who has travelled again from Europe the place two latest outings in Scotland yielded finishes of T-Ninth and T-14th.
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