Field of 132 assembles for the fourth consecutive season in Southampton, Bermuda.
Bermuda Butterfield Championship
Port Royal Golf Club
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Port Royal Golf Club
|Yards (per official scorecard):||6,828|
|Greens:||6,000 square feet; Champion Bermuda.|
|Stimpmeter:||10 feet plus.|
|Rough:||Bermuda/Zoysia mix at two inches.|
|Bunkers/Water Hazards/Holes in Play||88/4/5.|
|Architects:||Robert Trent Jones (1970).|
|Course Record (TOUR):||61; Taylor Pendrith (Round 2, 2022 season).|
|Course Tournament Scoring Record:||260; Brendon Todd (-24, 2020 season).|
|Facts of the Week:||Full field and full benefit event for the third consecutive season.|
|Purse:||$6.5 million; $1.117 million winner.|
- Field of 132
- 72 hole stroke play, top 65 and ties play the final two rounds.
- Port Royal hosts for the fourth time (only host).
Italics – not entered this week
|2021||Lucas Herbert (-15)||25-year old won for the first time on TOUR in his 20th start. Came from four shots back to win.|
|2020||Brian Gay (-15)||Defeated Wyndham Clark in a playoff to become the oldest winner (48) of the event.|
|2019||Brendon Todd (-24)||Set the tournament scoring record and circled 27 birdies.|
The field suggests the event should and will be wide open so remember that when loading up.
The wind and greens are the biggest defense this week. Mother Nature looks to be involved with rain and thunderstorms featuring as well. The seaside course is nice and well exposed and should be a proper challenge with the conditions on tap this week.
Shortest course on TOUR will test shot-making off the tees and into the greens.
Rough is only two inches so premium iron players can excel.
Fairway finders should have a slight advantage. As always the more GIR, the merrier.
Winners have all excelled on the greens on tough, grainy Bermuda.
With a short profile, finding ways to score on Par-4 holes will help offset difficult Par-3 chances. Only one of the three winners has finished inside the top 25 in Par-5 scoring, 2021 winner Lucas Herbert (No. 1).
The forecast is BRUTAL all four days from a rain and wind angle.
Have fun this week and that’s about the only expectation.
This Week – Bermuda Butterfield Championship
Denny McCarthy (+1600): Tells you what you need to know about this field as he’s never won on TOUR and doesn’t have a top 10 from four starts in the new season! But, he paints Fairways and is a SUPER putter. Somebody has to be the favorite!
Thomas Detry (+2000): Similar to McCarthy, Detry has won on the Challenge (KFT) Tour in Europe but not on the big stage. Globetrotter played in Las Vegas and then Andalucia Masters before arriving as second choice. Five straight paydays with T9 at SFC and T5 at Wentworth.
Seamus Power (+2200): Hoo Boy. Last top 25 was Travelers in June so the streak is a chilly seven worldwide events and counting.
Mark Hubbard (+2200): One second and one third from 166 TOUR starts. Best recent paydays are from similar fields.
Nick Hardy (+2500): Hits it great so that helps during inclement weather. Grew up in Illinois, not exactly the desert or SoCal!
Adrian Meronk (+2500): Last top 10 was his victory, the first by a Polish golfer, on the DP World Tour at the Horizon Irish Open in early July. White hot BEFORE the life changer.
Aaron Rai (+2500): Flushes it. Top 25 Fairway and GIR. Englishman should embrace less than ideal conditions with his Ball-Striking.
Players NOT LISTED in previous articles this week
Adam Schenk (+4000): His time of the season annually.
Austin Eckroat (+7500): Just write his name down.
Brice Garnett (+8000): Grinds out pars and loves the breeze.
Longer Shots/Funny Money
Vincent Norrman (+10000): Crushed it tee to green on KFT last season.
Harrison Endycott (+14000): Wind and Aussies. What about wind, RAIN and Aussies?
Jonathan Byrd (+16000): Proper grinder.
Nicholas Lindheim (+16000): Ride flushers.
Brandon Matthews (+17500): Bombs away.
Last Week – THE CJ CUP in South Carolina Results
Rory McIlroy (+700): Nothing outside the top five since winning The TOUR Championship. Working the golf ball is his strength and won’t have any problem with the big ball park. A shootout isn’t going to break out so he won’t need a white hot putter. But 7-1 in THIS field? WINNER. Fields don’t matter. Pulled away late and held off Kurt Kitayama even with two closing bogeys. Congrats to all who saddled up!
Jon Rahm (+900): Won in his native Spain last time out after T2 with a 62 at Wentworth. Guess all he needed was a European vacation to figure it out! Should factor, as per usual! Set the course record (62) in Round 2 but ran out of ammo on the weekend for T4.
Scottie Scheffler (+1100): Plenty of cream rising this week! Knows McIlroy is coming for his No. 1 ranking so that should sharpen the focus. First event since The TOUR Championship. A pair of rounds at par or worse (71, 74) saw him hang on for T45. After last spring and his blazing heat it’s hardly surprising he’s cooled.
Justin Thomas (+1400): Feasted in this event on Jeju Island but also eats on Bermuda. Irons have been dialed in all season! I’ll start nibbling here. T40 on the scoreboard correlates with T69 Putting. The ratio of 15 birdies and an eagle were wiped out by 13 bogeys and a double. Make a par!
Sam Burns (+2200): Another who prefers Bermuda has my attention this week. Wins on tough Innisbrook and Colonial have him seasoned and ready. T7 as he continues to play well where he should play well. T5 Putting.
Matt Fitzpatrick (+2200): Remember when distance was an issue here? Super scrambler/putter on top of the new distance should push him up. T10 here last time. T13 as his worst round was 70 and his best 68. Solid but not spectacular enough for us, right?
Sungjae Im (+2200): Jet lag in the bag? I wouldn’t expect it from a guy who plays as much as he does. Got his T29 out of the way last week. Should bounce. T34 as he blew a tire for 74 in Round 3. T62 GIR didn’t help.
Viktor Hovland (+2200): T5 in two of his last three worldwide including last week. He’ll be licking his chops as he’ll be able to putt from ERRYWURR at the roughless Congaree. Give yourself a pat on the back if you had him down for T4 Fairways. Scratch your head as he was T68 GIR. Strong putting continued with T3 Putting. Another top 25 (T21) but still weird.
Jordan Spieth (+2500): His biggest struggle recently has been finding fairways. That shouldn’t be an issue this week! Superior scrambling skills won’t hurt either. T52. Didn’t hit it well. Didn’t putt it well.
Shane Lowry (+3000): Winner at Wentworth and absolute class on and around the greens. Broke his putter in Round 1. Should I continue typing? T23.
Tyrrell Hatton (+4000): Loves this time of year and a bit of Fazio courses. T2 here in 2021.Sat four back after 36 holes before cashing T13. I’d do it again.
Hideki Matsuyama (+4000): Rebound after a dud in his homeland. Finally broke par in Round 4 with 67. Three rounds too late. T34.
Tom Hoge (+5000): Quietly going about his business and racking up top 15 paydays, four straight. GLASS YOU NEED TO READ YOUR STUFF MORE CAREFULLY. Five consecutive inside the top 15 (T13). I’m a dope.
Keith Mitchell (+7500): Popped out of a slump at this event last year. No top 25 in his last six but was T3 at The Summit Club. No top 25 in his last seven with T40.
Longer Shots/Funny Money
Denny McCarthy (+10000): Should slide nicely under the radar but don’t forget his calendar 2022 has been nothing short of solid. Bermuda liker. Opened with 68 and that was the best of the four rounds, sadly. T37
Harris English (+10000): Made his case in HFC, gotta sneak him in. Opened with 69 and that was the best of the four rounds, sadly, T40.
Matt Kuchar (+14000): Super scrambler and can grind out pars with the best of them. Pars weren’t needed this week, sadly, T29.
Wyndham Clark (+14000): See if we can chase that T16 from last week. Big hitter and should hole a few putts. Opened with 66 for false hope! T29.