Butterfield Bermuda Championship 2022 Recap

Media by Associated Press: Jim Furyk of the United States stretches on the 1st fairway during a practice round for the British Open Golf championships at Royal Port Rush golf course in Northern Ireland, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The Brish Open starts Thursday.

We knew going into the weekend that the Butterfield Bermuda Championship was going to be interesting. This is a tournament that takes place at Port Royal, which is right on the ocean, and in the past windy conditions have produced +8000, +20000, and +6000 odds winners in its first three years of inception. 

 

The Bermuda Championship field had nowhere near the star level as last week’s CJ Cup in South Carolina, won by Rory McIlroy and featuring 15 of the top 20 players in the world.

 

That opened the door for Seamus Power to pick up the win at +1800, the third-highest odds for the weekend, making him the biggest favorite to ever win this event. 

 

Power Took Advantage 

 

Sure, the field was a bit diminished, but you take any win you can get on the PGA Tour, and that’s what Power did to take home his second win to go along with the 2021 Barbasol Championship.

 

Somewhat ironically, Power clinched the victory on his worst round of the weekend, going 65-65-65 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but finishing with a 70 on Sunday.

 

Power shot a bogey on four of the last six holes on Sunday, but he also had two birdies mixed in there to hold off Thomas Detry by a stroke. Ben Griffin was in contention at the turn, but his final seven holes consisted of four bogeys and a double pushing him back to third place.

 

Power’s win had a lot of repercussions moving forward aside from the $1.17 million payout. The victory got the 35-year-old Irishman an automatic berth into the Masters, where he’s played just once before.

 

With the win, Power jumped from 48 to 32 on the OWGR, picked up 500 FedEx Cup points and moved him into fifth in those standings, and also put him on the 2023 Ryder Cup watch list where he could be a teammate of fellow Ireland native Shane Lowry.

 

Not Much Unpredictability for Bermuda

 

The main betting narrative going into this weekend was to stay away from the big favorites because this tournament was anybody’s to win. That was partially due to the weather forecast, which called for rain and wind all weekend, but also because of how this event had played out in the past. 

 

Brendan Todd won the inaugural Bermuda Championship in 2019 to cash in at +8000 for bettors. Brian Gay’s 2020 win had a +20000-price tag, and Lucas Herbert was the 2021 winner at +6000.

 

As it turns out, the 2022 version at Port Royal was very top-heavy, starting with Power getting the win at just +1800. 

 

Denny McCarthy went into the weekend as the favorite at +1600, even though he’s never won a Tour event in his career. McCarthy had a good tournament, finishing sixth.

 

Detry was the runner-up to Power and also the co-favorite with McCarthy at +1600. Third-place finisher Patrick Rodgers was in the top eight of odds prior to the first round at +2800. 

 

Griffin’s meltdown came with +12000 odds which would have carried on the tradition of a longshot winning in Bermuda. Fellow T3 finisher Kevin Yu also was in the discussion to win at +5000 before his 70 on Sunday.

 

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