Date: November 2nd
Course: Port Royal Golf Course
Purse: $4MM ($720k to winner)
2020 Winner: Brendon Todd (-24)
OWGR Points: 24
Port Royal Golf Course — Founded in 1965, this 6,842yard par 71 course was designed by Robert Trent Jones. This course has a 74.6 rating and a slope of 139. It features fairly open fairways with rolling hills. Positioned along the Atlantic Ocean, this course features a handful of traps and water traps throughout. One of the feature holes is 16 which is a par 3 that forms a crescent along the ocean. This course utilizes TifEagle grass for the greens and putting is one of the differentiators here.
My Starting 4
Brendon Todd (first selection this year) — Last year’s winner here is 41st in OWGR, 10th in strokes gained putting and 44th in driving accuracy. Todd has made the last six consecutive cuts dating back to last season.
Ben Taylor (first selection this year) — Taylor finished 28th here last year. He was 36th at Safeway earlier this year and despite his many missed cuts, he excels at putting (6th in strokes gained there this year) as well as 45th in total strokes gained.
David Hearn (first selection this year) — Hearn finished 8th here last year and he is currently 15th in strokes gained putting with a driving accuracy among the top 20. Hearn made a concentrated effort to improve his long iron play to open up more birdie opportunities. It appears to be working for him.
Andrew Putnam (first selection this year) — Putnam is among the top 40 putters on tour. He withdrew from the US Open but he made the last three cuts outside of that. This will be his first taste of the Bermuda Championship. This is the type of tournament where he has a chance to thrive.
My Bench 2
Beau Hossler (first selection this year) — Hossler has made the cut in all four starts this year. He’s 69th in strokes gained putting and he finished in the top 25 at Bermuda last year.
Dominic Bozzelli (first selection this year) — Bozzelli finished 6th at the Sanderson Farms a few weeks ago and he comes to Bermuda where he finished 35th last year.
Fun Fact: After the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions was cancelled, this tournament was promoted to the big circuit with the winner getting a entry into the Masters Tournament.
Starting 4: avg finish 37th (27th percent)
Bench 2: avg finish 58th (43rd percent)