With the Masters a few weeks out a number of high-profile players skipped the trip to Southampton for this week’s Bermuda Championship, leaving a wide-open field to battle for the full allotment of FedExCup points that are available. The tournament got a boost in status for its second playing, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. Fans that will be allowed to witness the event live won’t see the Tour’s best, though the watered down field will make for some exciting matchups. Will Zalatoris hit the board as the betting favorite after snagging three top-10s in his four Tour starts this season. Brendon Todd won the inaugural event by four-shots and returns to defend his title. Be sure to visit BookMaker.eu for a complete list of matchup betting odds when you’re ready to place a wager.
Bermuda Championship Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Henrik Stenson -108 vs. Adam Schenk -108
Charley Hoffman +100 vs. Cameron Tringale -117
Hudson Swafford +106 vs. Keith Mitchell -124
Will Gordon -135 vs. Seamus Power +115
Rasmus Hojgaard +134 vs. Cameron Tringale -157
Henrik Stenson -148 vs. Peter Malnati +126
Rasmus Hojgaard +125 vs. Charley Hoffman -146
Justin Suh -112 vs. Danny Willett -104
Anirban Lahiri -101 vs. Beau Hossler -116
Cameron Percy +111 vs. Wesley Bryan -129
Emiliano Grillo -115 vs. Denny McCarthy -102
Brendon Todd -121 vs. Harold Varner III +104
Wyndham Clark +104 vs. Scott Stallings -122
Rob Oppenheim +109 vs. Troy Merritt -127
Jhonattan Vegas -123 vs. Ben Martin +106
Maverick McNealy +116 vs. Luke List -136
Will Zalatoris-169 vs. Doc Redman +143
Kyle Stanley -104 vs. Max Homa -113
Russell Knox +101 vs. Scott Piercy -117
Tom Lewis -107 vs. Patrick Rodgers -109
Brice Garnett -101 vs. Matt Jones -116
Branden Grace -108 vs. Doug Ghim -108
Emiliano Grillo -123 vs. Kristoffer Ventura +106
Pat Perez -129 vs. Rafael Cabrera Bello +111
Harold Varner III -120 vs. Doc Redman +103
Brendon Todd -152 vs. Doc Redman +130
Peter Malnati +113 vs. Adam Schenk -132
Denny McCarthy -133 vs. Kristoffer Ventura +114
Will Zalatoris -119 vs. Brendon Todd +102
Brian Stuard -125 vs. Chesson Hadley +107
Will Zalatoris -143 vs. Harold Varner III +122
Henrik Norlander -137 vs. Stewart Cink +117
Sepp Straka -189 vs. Padraig Harrington +160
Aaron Wise -167 vs. Tyler McCumber +142
Need to Know
We witnessed Todd navigate the Port Royal Golf Course to a 24-under for his 4-shot victory last season. That shows us that the layout isn’t very demanding. It’s short at just 6,828 yards, though the up and down terrain can make it feel longer. Still, it’s not a track that will scare the pros. Given the length we won’t see many drivers this week turning this into a second-shot contest where accuracy is the name of the game. Like most coastal layouts wind serves as the primary defense. Players who can navigate those conditions typically do well, and the gusts are expected to pick up over the weekend. With all of the big-names opting out the chore of handicapping the field becomes more difficult.
Bermuda Championship Matchup Picks
Kristoffer Ventura +106 vs. Emiliano Grillo
This is the kind of field that plays right into the strengths of Ventura, which is why I like him for the upset in this matchup. I’ll give him a pass for the MC at the Shriners since he didn’t play poorly finishing at 5-under. He just got worked on an easy course. Otherwise he’s been as solid as they come since the restart with seven top-25 showings in 12 starts across two tours. Ventura has a pair of top-10s in four PGA Tour starts this season with a T7 at Silverado and T6 at the SFC.
Henrik Stenson -108 vs. Adam Schenk
Perhaps the most accomplished Tour player in the field, Stenson needs to find his game in order to reach the playoffs after a missed opportunity last season. Grabbing FedExCup points is the only logical reason why he would enter and with that in mind he might as well go for the winner’s share. He still needs to find his game, which has been off since winning the Hero World Challenge last December. This looks like a good chance for Stenson to end his funk.
Henrik Norlander -137 vs. Stewart Cink
At his current price I almost backed off Norlander in this matchup. But his ball-striking will come in handy at Port Royal. He had a nice run to close last season going 6 for 7 and recently grabbed a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. He should have finished higher at the Shriners with his undoing being a Saturday 74. Still, his stats set him up well on this course ranking in the top-30 for driving accuracy and GIR. He’s won for me in the past and I’ll back him despite the price.
Will Zalatoris -119 vs. Brendon Todd
As long as the down time doesn’t affect him, Zalatoris is a strong play considering his price. He was left off the invite list for the CJ Cup and ZOZO, but earned a spot this week thanks to a T5 as the Shriners, which was his third top-10 in four starts this season. Making the cut will almost guarantee Zalatoris Special Temporary Membership, which should be incentive enough to at least play through the weekend. And that’s a good thing in a tournament matchup.
Doc Redman +103 vs. Harold Varner III
Grabbing a share of 35th at Port Royal last year wasn’t the best showing for Redman, but it does give him an edge over his matchup partner. Anyone named Doc has to be surgeon-like on approach and Redman ranks 21st on Tour in strokes gained: approach. His tee-to-green play has been strong and he recorded a pair of podium finishes in three starts spanning the seasons.
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