Recap of Last Week’s Bets
|To Win||Matthew NeSmith||Lost|
|Hole In One||Xander Schauffele||Lost|
|First Round Leader||Collin Morikawa||Lost|
Profit/Loss (This week) – Loss of $30 to a $10 Stake
Profit/Loss (Overall) – Loss of $167 to a $10 Stake
On to this week’s event.
When the 2021 Bermuda Championship begins on Thursday at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Brian Gay will seek to defend his championship. Gay startled the PGA Tour in 2020 with a 15-under par round, which helped him win his first PGA Tour title since 2013. Patrick Reed, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Danny Willett are among the Bermuda Championship 2021 lineup participants.
The Bermuda Championship has been snubbed by golf’s prominent names this week. The requirement for a two-week quarantine period following the competition for anyone who has not been double-vaccinated hasn’t helped draw a strong field. As a result, only eight of the world’s top 100 golfers will take the greens at Port Royal in Southampton, but that doesn’t mean the competition won’t be fierce. Many players who had strong finishes to the Korn Ferry Tour season have made the trip, and others will be looking to enhance their form heading into the winter, so it may be an exciting week.
The PGA Tour arrived in Port Royal Golf Club on Bermuda’s southwest coast after traveling 7,500 miles and passing through 12 time zones. As a result, only seven players have traveled to the small North Atlantic island for this week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship, out of the 77 who teed up in Japan on Sunday. This will be the third edition of a tournament held on a 51-year-old Robert Trent Jones-designed course owned by the Bermuda government.
Port Royal is one of the most highly ranked public courses globally, located about 770 miles from the North Carolina coast. On a good day, this beachfront resort is beautiful, but on a bad day, it’s windswept. The course isn’t the longest on the PGA Tour schedule, and the fairways are relatively wide. Water only comes into play on four holes, but the undulating greens will put this week’s contenders to the test.
On to our picks for this year…
Jim Knous +25000
Jim Knous is a player that many won’t have heard of, but he started the season well by finishing 11th in his only outing on the PGA Tour at the Fortinet Championship. He didn’t have a great year last season, but in 2019 he was on the cusp of many top-ten finishes, just missing out on multiple occasions. His greatest weakness has been his driving off the tee, but that shouldn’t matter as much this week, which could mean that Knous gives a good account of himself here. He is a player that likes to take a golf course on, and with length being no issue here, he could do just that. His figures are as good as anyone else in the field this year in and around the green.
Top Ten Finish
Sahith Theegala +450
The young 23-year-old appears to be having his breakthrough season on the PGA Tour as he claimed the eighth spot at the Sanderson Farms Championship a few weeks back. Although he lacks experience, he has decent experience on the Korn Ferry Tour and recently placed sixth in the Tour Championship. He is decent off the tee and superb around the green. His approach game needs some work, but with many of these holes playing short, it shouldn’t be a factor here. His putting will also need to be better, but that will improve with each event he plays. I believe the young Californian has an exciting future in the game.
Top 20 Finish
Matthew NeSmith +350
We backed NeSmith last week, and he let us down badly. However, I still believe a win might not be too far away from the South Carolina native. He has made a steady start to the season, and if it wasn’t for his errant driving, he could have made an even more significant impact. However, that shouldn’t come into play here, which is why I am sticking with him.
Harry Hall +1600
Harry Hall from Hayle, in England, has been making waves on the Korn Ferry Tour, and if conditions aren’t too difficult this week, I am backing him to replicate that on the PGA Tour here, as he did at the Shriners Children’s Open a few weeks back when he placed eighth there. There isn’t a massive amount of data to go with Hall, but what I have seen I like, and he appears to be a well-rounded, level-headed young man.