After a star-studded field that included 15 of the top 20 golfers in the world last weekend at Congaree Golf Club, the names at the top of the odds sheet are a little further down in the rankings for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship from the Port Royal Golf Course.
Lucas Herbert added his name to the list of Bermuda Championship winners, an interesting lineup that also includes Brian Gay in 2021 and Brendon Todd in 2020, as we head into the fourth edition of this event.
All the previous winners in Bermuda have been at least 60/1 long shots, so can a favorite finally get a breakthrough in this event?
Denny McCarthy +1800
There might be no better time for Denny McCarthy’s first career victory than as the betting favorite in a diluted field in the Bermuda Championship. He went on a solid run in early June last season, finishing in seventh or better in three of four tournaments, but has had a rough stretch lately, finishing 39th at the Sanderson Farms Championship, missing the cut at the Shriners Childrens Open, and 37th at the CJ Cup last weekend.
One big advantage McCarthy has this weekend is that he’s played in all three of the Butterfield Bermuda Champions so far. He was 15th in 2019, fourth in 2020, and 39th last year so familiarity didn’t exactly breed success.
Thomas Detry +1800
Thomas Detry heads to Bermuda after finishing 45th in the Andalucia Masters in Spain. Detry is trying to regain the form he had at the beginning of the fall TOUR schedule, where he finished 12th at the Fortinet Championship and had the lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship through 36 holes before finishing ninth. Detry finished T22 here last season, so he does have course experience.
Seamus Power +2000
To get an idea of how wild the field is this weekend at Port Royal, Seamus Power is the third-highest betting favorite despite his three finishes this season being 30th at Sanderson Farms, a MC at the Shriners, and 49th last weekend at the CJ Cup. Powers’ driving accuracy is 59% this year, and he’s hit just 64.4% of GIR, so he’s struggling.
Patrick Rodgers +2500
Patrick Rodgers is one of four golfers (Aaron Rai, Adrian Meronk, and Mark Hubbard) that have 25/1 odds this weekend in Bermuda. Rodgers would seem to have the best value of the four considering he placed fourth here last season. That was a huge improvement from his first two Bermuda Championships, missing the cut in 2019 and placing 59th in 2020.
Rai has a 20th-place finish this season at the Shriners Childrens Open but was 62nd here in his only Bermuda Championship appearance. Meronk is playing in his fourth TOUR event; the same number Herbert won on here last season. Hubbard could surprise some people here as he has three top-30 finishes this season, including fifth at the Sanderson Farms Championship.