PGA Preview: 2020 Bermuda Championship Predictions

The 2020 version of the Bermuda Championship takes on a different meaning compared to the first time it was held last year. The first Bermuda Championship was an alternative event but this year due to the COVID-19 revamping of the schedule, it’s now a full PGA Tour event complete with FedEx points and an automatic ticket to the PGA Masters going to the winner!

The downside, the rescheduled Masters is only two weeks away so the field is lacking star power which means some extra work is needed when making picks! The odds are packed with value, as the Bermuda Championship could be won by players well down the betting favorites list.

Will Zalatoris and Brendon Todd both come in at +1100 as co-favorites. Todd won the inaugural event last season going 24 under and four strokes better than Harry Higgs. Todd carded 260 overall for the win.

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Here are the favorites coming in at +2800 and under to win the 2020 Bermuda Championship outright according to Intertops.

Will Zalatoris +1100

Brendon Todd +1100

Harold Varner III +2200

Doc Redman +2500

Emiliano Grillo +2800

Denny McCarthy +2800

The Bermuda Championship marks a return to a larger field of 132 players following two weeks of select limited select fields at the CJ Cup and ZOZO Championship.

2020 Bermuda Championship Preview

Where: Southhampton, Bermuda

Course: Port Royal Golf Club

Par: 71

Length: 6,842 (PGA)

When: October 29 – November 25, 2020

Purse: $4 million

TV Coverage: Golf Channel

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Port Royal Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones designed course with beautiful coastal views and rolling terrain with plenty of hills. There are only a few trees on the course but the fairways are deceptively tight due to well-placed bunkers and rough.

Port Royal comes in under 7,000 yards at 6,842 while being set up for PGA play. Even with a field lacking the big-name heavy-hitters you can still expect players to light up the leaderboard with birdies with well-played mid-irons and wedges.

Drivers could be left in the bag by many players while they think about avoiding the bunkers in the landing areas and getting under the ocean winds which are probably the biggest factor. Targeted second shots will be key. Here’s what Aaron Wise, +4000, said about the course.

“It’s definitely not a bomber’s golf course, and the crazy part is how much it changes because the wind’s blowing 30 miles an hour. All of a sudden, if the wind switches to the dead opposite way, a ball goes 50 yards shorter or longer than it did the day before... I hit a lot of shorter clubs off the tee.”

2020 Bermuda Championship PGA Picks

Brendon Todd +1100

Brendon Todd is the defending Champion and the course fits his style of play which leans towards targeted, well-managed play. Todd seems like a player who thinks through a complete hole before approaching the tee-box. Perhaps more than other players that can smash the ball further off the tee. That mentality got him the win last year and could work in his favor again.

Doc Redman +2500

Doc Redman comes in at +2500, which may be a bit low, but I like his play on this type of course. Redman can make good use of his wedges and shorter irons around the Bermuda greens. If he gets his wedge going – he should be in the hunt on Sunday.

Luke List +4000

Luke List is a player that seems to be a longer hitter one week and a finesse player around the greens the next week. Finesse around the greens this week may pay-off! A bit inconsistent during the year but he always posts several good rounds in every tournament. At +4000 List is a great value pick.

Others I Like

Will Zalatoris – Stewart Cink: Will Zalatoris (+1100) can light up the leaderboard just like this was a Korn Ferry tournament. If he gets fired up early then I may regret not going with him but he needs four fantastic rounds. Stewart Cink (+4000) is possibly the best value pick in the field. This seasoned veteran player has a perfect game for Port Royal and could start carving up the field with his mid-irons.

2020 Bermuda Championship Odds

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Will Zalatoris +1100

Brendon Todd +1100

Harold Varner III +2200

Doc Redman +2500

Emiliano Grillo +2800

Denny McCarthy +2800

Kristoffer Ventura +3300

Rasmus Hojgaard +3300

Charley Hoffman +3300

Cameron Tringale +3300

Henrik Stenson +3300

Peter Malnati +3500

Justin Suh +4000

Adam Schenk +4000

Stewart Cink +4000

Henrik Norlander +4000

Maverick McNealy +4000

Luke List +4000

Aaron Wise +4000

Pat Perez +4000

Danny Willett +4500

Tom Lewis +5000

Sepp Straka +5000

Patrick Rodgers +5000

Tyler McCumber +5000

Russell Knox +5000

Scott Piercy +5000

Scott Stallings +5000

Wesley Bryan +5000

Padraig Harrington +5500

Rafael Cabrera Bello +5500

Chesson Hadley +6000

Branden Grace +6600

Wyndham Clark +6600

Brian Stuard +6600

Troy Merritt +6600

Anirban Lahiri +7000

Jhonattan Vegas +7000

Matt Jones +7000

Doug Ghim +7500

Joseph Bramlett +7500

Cameron Percy +8000

Beau Hossler +8000

Max Homa +8000

Hudson Swafford +8000

Jason Dufner +8000

Kyle Stanley +8500

Brice Garnett +8500

Will Gordon +9000

Ben Martin +10000

Rob Oppenheim +10000

Ollie Schniederjans +10000

Kyoung-Hoon Lee +10000

Seamus Power +10000

Keith Mitchell +10000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat +11000

Hank Lebioda +11000

David Hearn +12500

Kelly Kraft +12500

Kramer Hickok +12500

Fabian Gomez +12500

Chase Seiffert +12500

Wes Roach +12500

Vincent Whaley +12500

Bo Hoag +12500

Ryan Armour +12500

Scott Harrington +12500

Michael Gligic +12500

Brandon Hagy +12500

Nick Watney +12500

Bronson Burgoon +12500

Lucas Bjerregaard +14000

Peter Uihlein +15000

Andrew Putnam +15000

Roger Sloan +15000

Robert Streb +15000

Vaughn Taylor +15000

Josh Teater +15000

D J Trahan +15000

Ryan Brehm +17500

Sang Moon Bae +17500

Brian Gay +17500

Camilo Villegas +17500

Kevin Tway +20000

Dominic Bozzelli +20000

Bill Haas +20000

Tim Wilkinson +20000

Jamie Lovemark +20000

Ricky Barnes +20000

Chris Baker +20000

Mark Anderson +20000

Aaron Baddeley +20000

Rhein Gibson +22500

Seth Reeves +25000

Luke Donald +25000

Jonathan Byrd +25000

Alex Cejka +30000

Zack Sucher +30000

George McNeill +30000

Ryan Blaum +30000

Zac Blair +30000

Johnson Wagner +30000

Graham DeLaet +35000

Shawn Stefani +35000

Hunter Mahan +35000

Ben Taylor +35000

John Oda +40000

Tommy Gainey +40000

Nelson Ledesma +40000

Bo Van Pelt +45000

Rafael Campos +45000

James Nicholas +45000

Matt Every +45000

Michael Miller +45000

Arjun Atwal +45000

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