MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Golf Course: Port Royal Golf Course
Location: Southampton Parish, Bermuda
Date & Time: Thursday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019
The 2019 Bermuda Championship will take place this week in its inaugural debut under the PGA Tour banner. This tournament is a relatively small tournament and will run parallel to the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament during the shoulder season.
The tournament will have a prize pool of $3,000,000 with the winner taking home a check for nearly $540,000. This should be a very interesting tournament to watch with a lot of young golfers looking to get their crack at playing in the PGA.
The Bermuda Championship is being played at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton Parish, Bermuda. The tournament will be played from Thursday, October 31, 2019 and run for 4-consecutive days, through November 3, 2019.
The course was designed by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones and is governed by the Government of Bermuda. The tournament has hosted the Grand Slam of Golf for 6-straight years from 2009.
The course will play as a Par 71 and will measure 6,842 yards. The course is not overly long, actually it is very short, and should benefit those with accuracy.
There are 8 Par 4’s on the course that play under 415 yards. Golfers will most likely be using their wedges often as the driver will probably be a bit too much this week.
The course has several defenses that will protect it from overly abundant scoring. First off, there are 85 bunkers spaced accordingly throughout the course. Each hole has at least 1 bunker, some with many more than 1.
The tournament will take place on the island, so naturally, wind will be a defense of the course and a major factor. There are no two ways about it, wind will affect play this week.
There is also some water to be aware of, on at least 4 holes. These water hazards will affect golfers off the tee and on at least 1 hole, they will need to be careful on the approach shot to the green.
This week, we really don’t have any system attributes because this is the first time that this tournament is being played on the PGA Tour and the first time this particular tournament golf course has been played on during the PGA Tour.
Therefore, we will utilize a majority of recent form and overall play.
Bermuda Championship Golfers
Lanto Griffin at 14/1 – Lanto Griffin is coming in off his 1st win on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open. Griffin played very well and is coming in with great form. One thing I like about Griffin is he took 2 weeks off immediately upon winning the Houston Open. I’m not a fan of playing golfers when they win a tournament and then come right back but he has been off for 2 weeks now and should be eager to compete again.
Denny McCarthy at 16/1 – McCarthy is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour and this low level spot could be just what the doctor ordered. McCarthy comes in with back-to-back T9’s at the Houston Open and Shriners Hospital for Children’s Open. If he played here this week like he did in both of those tournaments, he is a great option for a win!
Maverick McNealy at 50/1 – I’ve been waiting for a good spot for McNealy, as I think this guy has a ton of potential, and this may be just the spot. He is reliable as anyone in this tournament, however he has yet to get a win on the PGA Tour. This is a very low level tournament and he could sneak in and grab the win here.
Scott Harrington at 35/1 – Harrington comes into this week off a 2nd place finish at the Houston Open. Harrington has only played on the PGA Tour 4 times this year but in those 4 tournaments, he has played well, with a 2nd, 23rd, 24th and a MC. This is a great spot for Harrington and he might just shock a few people.