The third Butterfield Bermuda Championship has the biggest purse in its brief history and last year became a full field PGA Tour event that awards 500 FedEx Cup points, a two-year Tour exemption, and an invitation to the Masters Tournament to the winner. That increase in status has attracted an eclectic field of new Tour members and veterans who are looking to seize on the lack of participation of the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
A 6,828 yard, par 71 Robert Trent Jones layout at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton on the island that sits about 800 off the coast of North Carolina is the host for the event, which is the fifth of eight tournaments on the fall PGA Tour schedule. Last year, then 48-year-old Bryan Gay won for the first time since 2013, becoming the poster child for the type of player that can do well at short and tight Port Royal despite a lack of length in his game.
Gay defeated Wyndham Clark with a birdie on the first playoff hole after the two players tied at 15 under par 269, two shots ahead of the rest of the field. It was Gay’s fifth PGA Tour victory and first since his win at the Humana Championship almost eight years earlier. The 2019 champion Brendon Todd also broke a long drought, shooting a 24 under par 260 on his way to his first win in over five years.
There are four major champions in the field, with Masters winners Patrick Reed and Danny Willett, PGA champion Jason Dufner and U.S. Open winner and European Ryder Cup Vice Captain Graeme McDowell teeing it up in Bermuda. Former number one player in the OWGR Luke Donald is also in the field, as is the defending champion and four Monday qualifiers.
Betting Odds in Bermuda
Matthew Fitzpatrick, a multiple tournament winner on the European Tour and member of Europe’s Ryder Cup team, is the favorite at odds of +1000 in his search to break through with a PGA Tour victory in his 2022 season debut. Fitzpatrick had five top ten finishes in 2021, including a tie for fourth in the RBC Heritage, played on a course, Harbour Town Golf Links, that is similar to Port Royal.
South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout is making his debut as a PGA Tour member, but had a top ten finish in 12 Tour events in 2021 and has odds of +1200 after, like Fitzpatrick, having success on the European Tour. Chilean Mito Pereira, who received a 2021 midseason promotion to the PGA Tour after winning three Korn Ferry Tour events, has odds of +1600 while Reed and Irishman Seamus Power round out the top five at +2000.
There are very few prominent names in the field outside of the major winners, with Willett at +4000, Dufner with odds of +6500, and McDowell a +10000 longshot. Donald has among the highest odds in the tournament at +25000 while defending champion Gay is also at +10000.