Bermuda Championship betting tips: Rai to shine in Caribbean
Odds and preview for Thursday’s four-day tournament
The Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda, is the venue for this week’s PGA Tour event and we look at the odds to find some Bermuda Championship betting tips.
Brian Gay returns to defend his title – his first since 2013 – while there is a mix of Major winners and graduates from the Korn Ferry Tour competing this weekend.
Brendon Todd won the only previous Bermuda Championship in 2019 by four strokes from Harry Higgs.
Port Royal GC is a par 71, 6,842-yard course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
It is the longest course in Bermuda and demands accuracy off the tee and tight shot-making, with the sea breezes usually a defence against low scores.
This is one of the weaker fields of the season and is again top-heavy.
With many of the top touring pros taking the Halloween weekend off ahead of the World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, Andalucia Masters winner Matt Fitzpatrick heads the Bermuda Championship betting tips odds at 10/1.
The seven-time European Tour title winner recorded five top-10s in the 2021 PGA Tour season.
The Ryder Cup man is fifth in the Race to Dubai and is in good form with four weeks left before the season finale at the iconic Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, the world’s number 39, is not overly long off the tee but is excellent around the greens – a quality chipper and a very good putter.
He ranks 27th in greens in regulation (GIR) percentage on the European Tour and the South African will no doubt have is supporters at odds of 12/1 in the Bermuda Championship betting tips.
The 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed missed the early deadline for the Zozo Championship in Japan, won by Hideki Matsuyama, so will be well rested.
He needed that break, it would appear, after missing the cut at the Shriners’ Children’s Open and a T68 finish at the CJ Cup.
Reed did record six top-10s and made the cut in 18 of 23 starts in the 2021 season, so will look to get back to that level of form here and is a 14/1 shot.
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Chile’s Mito Pereira was a fine third in the Fortinet Championship – his first career top-three finish on the PGA Tour – and while it is early in the season, he is ranked second in GIR.
An accurate driver, this course should play to his strengths and he is a 20/1 chance in the Bermuda Championship betting tips.
Danny Willett finished one-over par for a T55 finish in this tournament last year and is a 25/1 chance this week.
One of his biggest assets is playing in windy conditions on links courses – as advertised again when taking the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews following a missed cut in the Fortinet Championship – and the former Masters winner is bidding to end a somewhat average year on a high.
Japan’s Takumi Kanaya, at odds of 33/1, is the former world number one amateur and owns three Japan Tour victories.
He finished T7 in the Zozo Championship and the world number 68 has finished no worse than T16 in his last eight starts.
Aaron Rai has been in decent form of late.
Last year’s Scottish Open winner was T26 at the St Jude Invitational, T14 at the BMW PGA Championship and T25 at the Andalucia Masters.
He is a 50/1 chance and should go well as he invariably has good control in windy conditions.
Nick Watney, T2 at the Sanderson Farms Championship and T30 at the Fortinet Championship, is also worthy of consideration at odds of 66/1.
While he did miss the cut here last year, he was in poor form but appears to have found his game again in the last few months and his confidence is back.
Ten years ago Luke Donald was ranked as the world’s best player, his short game was always his forte, but times have changed and from 23 starts last season, he had two top-25 finishes.
Yet he still has that short game and veterans like Stuart Cink, who has won twice this year at the age of 48, can inspire. Donald is a 125/1 shot.
All odds and markets correct at date of publication