- Full preview of the Bermuda Championship with The Golf Insider
- Four value picks, ranging from $17 to $34 in the market
This week’s second tournament sees those players not at the WGC event in China (or resting up at home) head off to the Atlantic island destination of Bermuda.
This is the first time the Bermuda Championship has been played, and the small purse on offer as prizemoney (a measly $3,000,000… measly by PGA Tour standards!) has attracted a mixed bag of players from all four corners of the globe.
Here’s a full preview of the action…
Bermuda Championship: The Tournament
This tournament is fresh out of the wrapper, so it’s difficult to know what to expect. We do know a little about the course as it used to host the Grand Slam of Golf (the annual four-man, two-round shootout between the previous year’s four Major champions) which ran from 2009 to 2014. Acting very much as a makeweight for the PGA Tour whilst most attention is on the WGC event at Sheshan, the line-up here in exotic Bermuda is more than a little threadbare. It will be competitive, but the field lacks depth once you start to look closely at this week’s runners and riders.
Bermuda Championship: The Course
The host course for the first staging of this tournament is Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda. The venue is located right on the Atlantic coast and features several signature holes (notably the treacherous over-water par 3 16th). It was designed by Robert Trent Jones and will be set-up as a par 71, laid out over 6,842 yards. It was host to the Grand Slam of Golf from 2009 to 2014, so there is some performance data available… all of which suggests scoring will be easy enough for those players who can handle the conditions.
Bermuda Championship: The Field
A standard field of 150+ golfers line up for this week’s tournament. Denny McCarthy is the $15 market leader with Ladbrokes.
Bermuda Championship: The Weather
There’s zero chance of the players seeing any significant rain this week. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s, and cloud cover will be light. The wind will be key, given the location, and after a blustery opening day, the wind speeds will gradually lessen as the tournament progresses. So conditions all-round are pretty good.
Bermuda Championship: Value Bets
Alex Noren – $17 with Ladbrokes
Twelve months ago Noren was in the world Top 20, so the fact he finds himself here this week, rather than in China, is something of a surprise. But the Swede’s poor form over the interim period explains why he’s in Bermuda. Winless in 2019, and without a Top 10, his ranking has nosedived. But this week’s test – a new course, an exposed layout, links-style set-up, windy conditions – tick almost every box there is about the claims of the Swede at Port Royal. Add in the fact that he’s a proven winner, and he has to figure in the staking plan. And don’t forget, despite his barren run, 11th at the Open Championship, 12th in the WGC FedEx St Jude, and recently Top 20 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and French Open. His form isn’t that bad, by any means. Needing to get back on the winning trail, Noren has to be fully motivated to go well this week.
…Looks for golf trips to Bermuda.
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) October 30, 2019
Russell Knox – $21 with Ladbrokes
Knox is head and shoulders above 90% of this field in terms of golfing ability and looks a big contender this week. Knox’s current form is solid and he was 28th last time out in Houston. His best results over the last 12-14 months have come on windy courses, which bodes well for this week. He won the Irish Open in 2018, and finished second at Paris National the week before. His best result in 2019 was an eighth-place finish at Colonial in Texas, which is also known for its strong winds. This week’s field is extremely poor and I expect a big week from the Scot, who will be able to handle the conditions better than most.
Brian Gay – $34 with Ladbrokes
I’ve gone more with experience than youth this week, and Gay very much fits the bill. A seasoned pro with winning form in the book (some time ago admittedly), and with a game that should be suited by the course set-up, Gay looks a decent each-way bet here. Earlier in the month he posted a Top 10 finish at the Shriners Open to show that his game’s in decent shape, and he also has form in this kind of low-key, off-shore tournament. He’s posted some solid efforts in Hawaii, and at other exposed coastal venues, and Gay is more than capable of going low if required. He’s not one to trust when the quality is high, but in a field of this calibre someone like Gay has to fancy his chances of going close.
Scott Harrington – $34 with Ladbrokes
Harrington is playing his first full season on the PGA Tour and he’s got off to the perfect start, currently sitting 17th in the FedEx Cup standings. Harrington finished 2nd at the Houston Open in his last event, and ranked as the best player by a long way in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. With no course form to go by this week, Harrington seems like a solid play considering how well he’s acquitted himself on tour this season. He has a strong all-round game and looks set to challenge for the title this week against a relatively uninspiring bunch of competitors.
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