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The Bermuda Championship is Here! Get Ready for Some Exciting Golf

Port Royal Golf Club is set to host the 34th edition of the annual Butterfield Bermuda Championship, and it promises to be one of the most intriguing golfing spectacles of the season. While competing with LIV Golf’s final tournament of the year, the beautiful coastal track with windy conditions should put on a show. Here are three things you need to know about the event ahead of the start date.

1. The venue

Located in Southampton, Bermuda, the course features a mix of open fairways and tight pin placements, making it perfect for players of all skill levels. While the course itself isn’t particularly challenging, it does offer plenty of opportunities for birdies, especially off the tees. The layout is also home to several bunkers, including three large greenside bunkers, while there are numerous water hazards throughout the course.

2. The history

A Robert Trent Jones Sr. Designed by architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Port Royal debuted in 1970. It underwent its first renovation in 1995 and then again in 2009 before hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. As with most things in Bermuda, the history of Port Royal is quite fascinating.

The Port Royal story involves disgruntled farmers and disagreements over the ownership of the property that led to changes in the course design. However, all the redirection led to the construction of the famous and heavily photographed 16th hole.

3. The conditions

Temperatures typically average around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, although it can sometimes reach upwards of 90 degrees. Rainfall is common, too, with an average of 4 inches falling each day during the tournament period. However, strong winds are another factor to consider, as gusts often exceed 20 miles per hour.

Tournament & Golf Course Course Specs

Course: Port Royal Golf Course

Purse: $6.5m

Yards: 6,828

Par: 71 (4x 3’s / 11x 4’s / 3x 5’s)

Greens: Bermuda

Architect: Robert Trent Jones

Historical Cut Line: Even

Median Score 4-round Score: -2 (2021), -9 (2020)

Comp Courses: Waialae CC, Pebble Beach, Harbour Town, Coco Beach, Bay Hill, El Camaleon, PGA West, Sea Island GC, Sedgefield CC

Past Winners: Brian Gay (21), Brendon Todd (20)

 

Butterfield Bermuda Championship Picks and Predictions

Adam Schenk (+5000)

Adam Schenk ranked third in strokes gained approach for this weeks field over his last 36 rounds. He’s one of the betting favorites coming off a 16th place finish at the Zozo Championship, and before that, had finished 12th at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. That week, he gained 1.4 strokes putting, 5.6 strokes on approach shots, and 1.7 strokes off the tee. Adam has been special with his irons recently. Schenk finished 26th at Port Royal last year, 7th place at the Corales Punta Cana Championship, and 14th at the Puerto Rico Open. Achenk looks to me like a player who is more than confident on coastal courses with slower greens. I think Schenk could be near the top of the leaderboard late in the afternoon on Sunday.

Chesson Hadley (+6000)

I was surprised by Chesson Hadley’s performance last week, but after further analysis, I feel extremely optimistic about his prospects this week.Hadley is the one person who ranks among the top 10 in this field in putting on Bermuda, iron play, and approach shots. Hadley, 35-year-old, recently finished 37th at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, gaining three strokes on approach shots and nearly 5 strokes putting. This will be the first time Hadley returns to Port Royal after placing 16th in 2020. After seeing him win at the Puerto Rico Open and finishing inside the top 20 at Pebble Beach multiple times, I have no doubt Hadley will continue to thrive on shorter, wedged, coastal courses.

Brice Garnett (+9500)

Brian won his sole PGA Tour event at the Corales Punta Cana tournament in 2018, where he has also finished ninth overall. He’s finished 11th or better at Mayakobo twice, and two top tens in Puerto Rico. His only event in Bermuda was two years ago posting a final-round 65 to place T21.

It’s not an outright pick where I’m saying you need to borrow $10,000 from your parents. Instead, I like him as a piece of your card which should include other golfers with some larger odds.

Bermuda Championship Field and Odds

Denny McCarthy +1600

Thomas Detry +1600

Seamus Power +1800

Nick Hardy +2000

Adrian Meronk +2100

Mark Hubbard +2400

Justin Lower +2400

Patrick Rodgers +2800

Aaron Rai +2800

Russell Knox +3100

Seonghyeon Kim +3100

Robby Shelton +3300

Alex Smalley +3400

Stephan Jaeger +3700

Nick Taylor +3700

Greyson Sigg +4000

Callum Tarren +4100

Will Gordon +4200

Lucas Glover +5000

Byeong Hun An +5000

Joseph Bramlett +5000

Adam Long +5000

Adam Schenk +5000

Ze-Cheng Dou +5000

Garrick Higgo +5000

Brandon Wu +5000

Harry Hall +5000

Chun-an Yu +5000

Cameron Percy +5000

Sam Ryder +5500

Michael Gligic +6000

Chesson Hadley +6000

Erik Van Rooyen +6000

Peter Malnati +6500

C.T. Pan +6500

Sam Stevens +6500

Doug Ghim +6500

Henrik Norlander +6500

Ryan Armour +6500

Tyler Duncan +6500

Matthias Schwab +8000

Charley Hoffman +8000

Kramer Hickok +8000

Vincent Norrman +8000

Scott Piercy +8000

Chad Ramey +8000

MJ Daffue +8000

Hank Lebioda +8000

Brian Gay +9500

Nate Lashley +9500

Austin Eckroat +9500

Brian Stuard +9500

Austin Smotherman +9500

Brice Garnett +9500

Robert Streb +11000

Matthias Schmid +11000

Fabian Gomez +11000

Luke Donald +11000

Ben Taylor +11000

Harrison Endycott +12000

Ben Griffin +12000

Cody Gribble +12000

Ben Martin +12000

Michael Kim +12000

Austin Cook +12000

William McGirt +12000

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