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PGA Tour: Bermuda Championship preview

Original article published 26 October 2022

The PGA Tour moves to a wet and windy location this week for the low-key Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course.

With most of the big guns deciding to skip this event, this presents a chance for several PGA Tour maidens to make a breakthrough.

What:Bermuda Championship
Where:Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton, Bermuda
When:11.30am, 27th October, 2022
How to watch:Sky Sports Golf & bet365's Live Golf Tracker
Odds:Denny McCarthy 16/1, Thomas Detry 20/1, Seamus Power 22/1, Mark Hubbard 22/1, Nick Hardy 25/1

Denny McCarthy and Thomas Detry have never lifted PGA Tour silverware, but the American and the Belgian are being shown great respect in the market for the Bermuda Championship, with all of the circuit's big guns giving the event a miss.

McCarthy is one of the best putters on the Tour, so he will be encouraged that the previous three winners of the Bermuda Championship are all flat-stick masters. Brendon Todd, Brian Gay and Lucas Herbert are the three names on the Port Royal honours board - all experts at rolling their rock with assurance.

Seamus Power and Nick Hardy - 22/1 and 25/1 respectively - could command more interest from the betting community. Power won the Barbasol Championship last year, so has already proved he can get the job done at this level, and the forecast for a breezy final three rounds will hold no fears for the Irishman.

Hardy appears to be a rising star of the PGA Tour - and he has been hitting his ball with authority in recent weeks - so the youngster will fancy his chances of getting in the thick of things for Sunday.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, first five places are available for the Bermuda Championship, with alternative terms on offer in bet365's Each Way Extra section, including a fifth the odds, the first eight places.

Bermuda Championship course details

Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, is a 6,828-yard, par-71, with three par-fives, 11 par-fours and four par-threes. It has staged the Bermuda Championship in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones on high ground overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in 1970, then renovated by Robert Rulewich in 2009. Most of the early holes are flat, before the course moves to undulating terrain and some ocean-side cliffs.

The fairways are generous and the greens are huge, but the layout is typically windswept. The 235-yard, par-three 16th is the signature hole and the toughest on the track, with a forced carry across the ocean.

Rain is forecast for round one, before three breezy days, with Sunday set to be the windiest of all. Players will need to be able to control their ball in the wind, as well as demonstrate great touch on the large, undulating putting surfaces.

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Three to follow

Garrick Higgo

South African 23-year-old Garrick Higgo has achieved so much so young, winning twice on the Sunshine Tour, three times on the DP World Tour and once on the PGA Tour, and the left-hander could end a difficult season on a high by winning the Bermuda Championship.

The 60/1 chance has won twice on the Canary Islands, so seems to enjoy island golf, and he was 34th on his Bermuda debut last year. In round three of last year's event, only two players managed to outscore Higgo, and this great putter should come on for that run.

Robby Shelton

Four-time Korn Ferry Tour champion Robby Shelton will be licking his lips at this week's opportunity for a PGA Tour breakthrough - and the 35/1 next to his name seems likely to attract support.

Shelton won two Korn Ferry Tour titles last year - the only multiple champion on that circuit - and he has made a solid start to life back on the PGA Tour. A tie for 21st in the Fortinet Championship was followed by 15th place last time out in the Shriners Children's Open. This fantastic putter should relish the large greens of Port Royal.

Brandon Wu

The 40/1 about Brandon Wu could be worth considering. This tidy player was a superb amateur and the Californian quickly made an impact in the professional ranks by winning the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

Wu was 34th on his Bermuda Championship debut last year and can improve on that this time. He was third in the Puerto Rico Open in March and his record in coastal events is excellent, including sixth place in a high-class Scottish Open in July. Wu was second behind Jon Rahm in the Mexico Open in May.

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