It was amazing to see just a glimpse of what’s to come this season on the PGA Tour at THE CJ CUP last week.  While Jon Rahm gave us an epic round on Friday firing a 62, he could not get it going over the weekend and Rory’s three straight 67s put him in the top spot on Sunday afternoon.  I was really impressed with Tommy Fleetwood after firing an opening round 73, bounced back with rounds of 66, 66, and 65 on Sunday to finish in a tie for fourth place with Jon Rahm.  We saw fantastic golf in the Palmetto state over the weekend and not that we won’t see more this weekend but I don’t think it will be as frequent.  Here goes nothing.

This will be the fourth edition of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.  These players will once again compete on the Port Royal Golf Club which was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones.  If you’ve ever played one of his courses, you’ll know they are not for the faint of heart.  The course features all the typical challenges of playing on an island from the wind to the course size.  It measures just 6,828 yards and plays as a Par 71.  We will see six holes that run alongside the ocean which means wind will be a major factor this weekend.  While distance is nice being a short course, wind control will be vital to success.  There are only three par 5s on the course and all of them are reachable in two which will give these players lots of opportunities to go low.  It will be very important for these players to hit these fairways and that cannot be overstated.  The par 3s will be a challenge as two of them can reach over 230 yards.  When you look at the previous winner, none of them would ever be called a bomber off the tee.  They all keep the ball on fairways and greens.  The greens will not challenge even the average PGA Tour player but the terrific putters will have an added advantage.

The field strength drops off a cliff and then falls off of a boat with an anchor attached to it.  Did I get the point across?  Ok, I’m being a bit harsh but there is only one player inside the Top 50 in the world golf rankings participating this weekend.  We’ve got a bunch of players who are typically in the 7K and 6K range sitting at the top of the pricing sheet on DraftKings.  The top priced player on DraftKings is Thomas Detry and while he’s a good player, he’s not worth $10,500 but that’s the price you pay this week.  I do like that this is a tournament where a young player could get his breakthrough victory.    

Normally, we would not have much to worry about when it comes to weather in Bermuda but that’s not the case this weekend.  The weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms throughout the four day tournament with winds ranging from 10 to 20 mph.  If we do get those really nasty wet conditions, it will give the bigger hitters an added advantage.

This will be an extremely difficult week to predict as we’ve got a bunch of unknowns in the field.  Good luck!


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