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Bermuda Championship Preview

by Josh Culp
Updated On: October 28, 2019, 12:45 pm ET

It's rare to see new events in back-to-back weeks on the PGA TOUR schedule. 

It's so rare that it hasn't happened since.... this summer when the Rocket Mortgage Classic was followed up by the 3M Open. 

This week's it's the all-new Bermuda Championship which is taking place in Southampton, Bermuda. It's not a reference to the grass type, although the course does also feature bermudagrass.

The field sits at just 120 golfers this week. The limited field was supposed to enhance these events but the lack of mid-tier golfer commitments has left them drawing straws from the archives of deep TOUR status. It remains a mystery as to why they don't revamp the process and invite some of the top performers from lower circuits such as the Korn Ferry, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, or Mackenzie Tour.  It would be great to see if some of those golfers could catch fire and ignite their careers instead of diving into the pool of past champs with guys like Joey Sindelar and Carlos Franco

The Course

This week's course is Port Royal Golf Club. It's best known for hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009 through 2014. 

The Robert Trent Jones design is a par 71 that will play under 6,850 yards. Very short. In fact, there are EIGHT par 4s that play under 415 yards. This will likely be a wedge-fest. 

The course is not defenseless, though. There are well-placed bunkers on every hole with over 85 across the property. There are elevation changes to deal with. They are also located right on the Atlantic coast so winds are almost always going to be in the equation. 

Golfers will see an exposed course off the tee but it'll likely turn into a second-shot course (or scrambler's course if the wind picks up). 

There is water in play on four holes (two drives and three on approach). 

The greens are bermudagrass and will likely be prepped on the slow side of the spectrum, given the coastal location. 


Correlated Courses

Looking at grass types, geography, course attributes, and past performance, here are a few courses/events that I think could prove to be a good pointer this week: 

Sea Island Golf Club (RSM Classic)
Waialae CC (Sony Open)
Harbour Town (RBC Heritage)
Pebble Beach Golf Links (AT&T Pro-Am)
El Camaleon (Mayakoba)

I'm looking for short coastal tracks this week. You could also add in courses like Corales and Coco Beach due to location and course style. They do have a bit more length, though. Down on the Korn Ferry Tour, you could also look at past results from the Great Exuma, Great Abaco, and/or Panama Championship. 


The Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a high of 76 degrees. Tiny chance of a sun shower. Winds around 13 MPH. 

Friday: Mostly sunny with a tiny chance of showers and a high of 78 degrees. Winds around 14 MPH. 

Golfers are going to see beautiful weather with a steady breeze throughout the week. The winds aren't extreme right now, just enough to keep you guessing on club selection. We should keep an eye on that wind forecast over the next few days.

Josh Culp
Josh Culp joined Rotoworld in 2014. The DFS enthusiast from Iowa State can be found on Twitter @futureoffantasy.