While logistical issues forced last week’s Zozo Championship to move from Japan to the US, the Bermuda Championship is able to resume on its established course at Port Royal in Southampton. This tournament was a new addition to the schedules last year and the inaugural edition was claimed by Brendon Todd who won by four shots from Harry Higgs.
A modest field met the first running of the Bermuda Championship in 2019 but, with the Masters just around the corner, things are looking a little stronger this time around. So read on for our Bermuda Championship predictions and full golf preview with betting picks.
The Bermuda Championship has been upgraded this season to a full FedEx Cup event and the winner will earn an exemption from qualification for next year’s US Masters. The biggest names may have stayed away as they continue to prepare for Augusta but those factors mean we have a more competitive declaration this time.
It is tight at the top with Will Zalatoris just claiming the favorite’s berth with the USA betting outlets ahead of defending champion Brendon Todd. Zalatoris only recently qualified for this tournament but his form remains strong after that special performance in the US Open.
Zalatoris’ odds of 11/1 push Todd into second place at 12/1 and the reigning champion will have his backers in this field. He has been consistent since golf’s return but has rarely threatened to push beyond top 25 finishes.
The gap behind the top two in the betting lines extends to Harold Varner III at around 22/1 while Doc Redman and Emiliano Grillo are marginally further back at 25/1. All three are in good touch but Redman could be the one to watch. He finished in 35th here last year but has recorded two top three finishes in his last five starts.
Elsewhere, there is a lot of interest in Kristoffer Ventura who features highly in the Power Rankings. Good, relevant stats with 11 top 25 finishes in his last 12 starts suggests that odds of 33/1 represent some value.
Moving through the chasers, Denny McCarthy, Charley Hoffman and Cameron Tringale are all listed at 33/1 in places and all three players could come through to challenge in this type of field.
Bermuda Championship Outside Punts
At the head of the outside bunch is Henrik Stenson, a former Major winner who is arguably the biggest name on show this week. The Swede is out at 40/1 and that price indicates a drop in form over the last two years or so. Stenson could still be considered for the top 10 finish markets at those odds but we are not expecting a challenge at the very top of the leaderboard.
One name that really interests us is that of Aaron Wise who is around that 40/1 figure. The 24-year-old has yet to build on his undoubted potential following his 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson title but he is in promising form and finished in a tie for third here last year behind Todd and Higgs.
The field continues with a number of golfers who can stand out in this type of field. Pat Perez, Stewart Cink, Danny Willett, Scott Piercy, Luke List and Russell Knox are among many long shots who can come through to claim the second Bermuda Championship trophy.
It’s an interesting field which largely contains talented golfers who have been lacking consistency in recent months. It makes this an especially tough call so let’s start by seeing what it will take to get over the line on Sunday.
Our Preview’s Bermuda Championship Predictions & Golf Picks Verdict with Course & Betting Trends
With just one previous edition to take into account, there aren’t too many trends to identity ahead of the 2020 Bermuda Championship. Todd was a comfortable winner and his final tally of -24 shows the potential for low scoring across four days.
The Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton plays host once again and it provides a short par 71 at just 6,842 yards. One issue could be the weather with wind up to 30mph expected from Friday plus the possibility of some rain at times.
Par 3 Scoring can be crucial as three of the par 3s at Port Royal extend above 200 yards. In 2019, Brendon Todd was bogey free as he returned 5 under on the shorter holes so that is a key consideration moving into 2020. The champion also ranked highly in fairways hit, scrambling, Greens in Regulation and Putts per GIR.
In short, our Bermuda Championship predictions are looking for a strong all-rounder and, interestingly, Aaron Wise led the field in all round stats last year. His odds stood out as we worked through this preview and that factor makes him a strong outside bet. Taking Wise for the win is a long shot so you may want to focus on the top 10 finish markets but he has got good credentials and can come through in this modest field if he hits top form. These are our Bermuda golf predictions and betting picks: