2021 Bermuda Championship: Last-Minute Betting Tips from BeerLife Sports

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2021 Bermuda Championship- Last-Minute Betting Tips from BeerLife Sports

Ring the bell! After a horrendous week at the Shriners Open where all of our picks failed to make the cut, we bounced back to form at the ZOZO Championship thanks to a win from Hideki Matsuyama who was our main bet and a top ten finish from our long-shot bet Lanto Griffin who secured us some more place money in the process. Attentions now turn to the 2021 Bermuda Championship and its 127-man field. It’s a tough week to predict as the majority of the PGA’s Tour finest have chosen to give this week a miss, leaving us having to find a winner amongst some of the Tour’s lesser lights.

This is the third running of the Bermuda Championship which debuted on the PGA Tour in 2019. The tournament will be held at the Port Royal Golf Course. It’s a 6,800 par 71 course that is situated right on the Atlantic shoreline, if it is gusty like it was in 2020 scoring can be tricky. 

In what looks like a tricky event to predict, the short course brings almost the entire field into play. Previous winners of the event include Brandon Todd and Brian Gay, two names you normally wouldn’t associate with big-hitting. 

Despite not needing to bomb it a mile across the beautiful Bermudan links, the rough can be tough to negotiate so accuracy is an absolute must as well as a hot putter. 

The betting is currently led by recent European Tour winner Matt Fitzpatrick, with another European Tour winner Christiaan Bezuidenhout just behind, Bezuidenhout, a former winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links tournament won’t hold any fears over the windy challenge ahead.

The class player in the field is Patrick Reed, who is still somewhat recovering from his illness at the end of last season. Reed will be looking for a victory to announce himself back into the fold as one of the world’s best players. 

Looking for another successful week, here are our predictions for this week’s Bermuda Championship.

MAIN BET: DANNY WILLET +4000

In a field that is open and hard to predict, the majority of players in the field arrive in Bermuda looking to find some sort of form. This week offers a rare opportunity for some of the Tours lesser-known stars to compete for a big prize and with a victory earn a Master’s place.

In a competition like this, it always makes sense to back a man in form and Danny Willet arrives in Bermuda in winning form. Since his unexpected Masters’ victory, life on the course for Willet has been tricky. Without a win in over two years and have experienced some poor health, Willet rejoined the winners circle following an excellent victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links.

To those unfamiliar with this event, the Alfred Dunhill is a tournament held over three links courses, including St Andrew’s which is held in Scotland in the first week of October. October in Scotland is cold and amazingly windy. 

Although warmer, similar conditions could welcome the players here and have excelled in such brutal conditions just a few weeks prior, backing a man who can excel in potentially tough conditions seems a good move to make.

+4000 for the victory, +700 for a top 5, and +300 for a top 10 seem like good value for a man who is looking for another quick victory.

DARK HORSE: HANK LEBIODA +5000

A name that many are unfamiliar with, Hank Lebioda emerged to prominence following a steady 2020 season where he finished T5 at the Travelers Championship, T4 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, and T8 at the John Deere Classic. 

Despite his hot end to the 2020 season things have been tougher in the 2021 season with Lebioda missing successive cuts in the two events he has played so far this year. 

However, the stats paint a positive picture for Lebioda this week. He played the tournament last year and finished in T16 shooting three of the four rounds under par. What’s more, is that on a course that requires a player to hit the ball straight and putt well, Lebioda leads the field this week in birdies or better meaning that when his game is firing he has the ability to score and to score well. 

Lebioda finished last season on Tour in 27th place for strokes gained through the putter and 48th through strokes gained through the approach. As indicated at the top of this preview, approach and putting accuracy are going to be key metrics for success this week. Lebioda has the stats and at +5000 for the win +1100 for a top 5 and +550 for a top 10 it seems a good angle to follow.

LONG-SHOT: KRAMER HICKOX +9000

In a wide-open field, there are many at longer prices who can cause an upset this week, and one man we like the look of is Kramer Hickox. To those with a great memory, Hickox was the man who lost the eight-hole epic playoff to Harris English at last year’s Travelers Championship. Since then Hickox has found things a little trickier, missing the cut in three of his next five starts. However, he returned to some sort of form with a T59 at last week’s ZOZO Championship.

So why Hickox? He has played this tournament in both years since its inception finishing 15th and 8th, it’s clearly a course he likes. 

A factor behind his success could be his driving accuracy. He ranks fifth in the field for overall driving accuracy, and third in the field for putting on Bermuda grass greens which this tournament will be held on. His place odds look appealing at +1800 for a top 5 finish and +800 for a top 10.

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Passionate writer about golf and the PGA Tour, you won’t find me on the fairway but instead hacking my way round the course. Terrible driver of the ball, even worse putter.

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