With former major champion and nine-time PGA Tour winner Patrick Reed in the clubhouse at 14 under par after firing a 65, Australian Lucas Herbert calmly parred his final four holes to collect his first Tour title with a closing 69 to complete the tournament at 15 under par 269, also finishing a shot ahead of playing partner Danny Lee. It was just the 20th Tour event for Herbert, who qualified for the PGA Tour by finishing fourth in last season’s Korn Ferry Tour finals.
The tournament held on the island that sits 800 miles off the United States coast was plagued in the opening and closing rounds by rain and strong winds that briefly interrupted play. It was just the third year for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and for the second year it was played as a full field event with Herbert collecting $1.17 million, 500 FedEx Cup points, a two-year PGA Tour exemption, and invitations to the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Masters.
Following a second-round 61 and third-round 65, Taylor Pendrith teed off on Sunday afternoon with a three-shot lead over Lee and Herbert another stroke back, but bogeys on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes took him out of contention on his way to a five-over par 76 and a tie for fifth with Scott Stallings, who climbed 45 spots with a final round 62. Reed made a late run with birdies on four of his final six holes, including his last two, but it wasn’t enough for him to come away with his 10th Tour victory.
The tournament was played on the par 71 Port Royal Golf Course, a tight 6,834-yard layout that rewards accuracy over length. Herbert, who had odds of +6000 to win, found himself five shots off the pace after an opening round 70, but got himself back into contention and a spot in the final group with a pair of 65’s on Friday and Saturday.
Betting Favorites Finishes
Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick was the pre-tournament favorite at odds of +1000, but never recovered from an even par 71 start and finished in a tie for 30th at six-under par 278 after a closing one-over par 72. Another favorite at +1200, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, made the cut at three-under par but struggled with a 70 and 74 on the weekend to complete the tournament at one-under par 283 to finish in a tie for 57th.
After an opening round of four over par 75, defending champion Brian Gay at +10000 rebounded with a 67 to make the cut on the number and then went 10 under par on the weekend with a Saturday 64 and closing 68 to move into a tie for 12th at 274. Major champions Danny Willett with odds of +4000 and Graeme McDowell at +10000 had very different experiences on Bermuda, with Willett missing the cut at five-over par and McDowell, the former U.S. Open champion, joining Gay in a group of five players finishing in 12th place.