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.
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.
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