Butterfield Bermuda Championship Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC
Ryan Armour plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC on Nov 1, 2020 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

The PGA Tour sets up shop in Bermuda this week for the third edition of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Contested at the Rees Jones-designed Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton Parish, the Butterfield Bermuda Championship is the second of a three-stop international swing on the fall portion of the Tour’s 2022 season.

The tournament field is relatively weak, but will be headlined by 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and recent Spanish Masters winner Matt Fitzpatrick.

As we do each week, here’s a rundown of facts and figures to get you prepped for the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship.


The Skinny

Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Dates: Oct. 28-31, 2021
PGA Tour Debut: 2019
Where: Southampton Parish, Bermuda
Course: Port Royal GC
Distance: 6842 yards, Par 71
Architect: Robert Trent Jones
Format: Stroke-play, 72/36
Field: 124 players
Purse: $6,500,000
Winning Share: $1,170,000
FEC/OWGR Pts: 500/24
2020 Champion: Brian Gay


How to Follow the Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC
A general view of the 16th green during the final round of the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC on Nov 3, 2019 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Rob Carr via Getty Images)

TELEVISION: Thu-Fri: 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1-4 p.m. (GOLF Channel)

RADIO: Thu-Fri: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM)


Tournament History

Brendon Todd Wins Bermuda Championship
Brendon Todd poses with the trophy after winning the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course on Nov 3, 2019 in Southampton, Bermuda. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Butterfield Bermuda Championship debuted in the 2019 as part of the 2019-20 season. Originally designated as an alternate event, opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions, the tournament name was simply the Bermuda Championship with the Bermuda Tourism Board funding the $3,000,000 purse.

With a score of 24-under par, Brendon Todd took home the inaugural trophy and the $540,000 first prize. The win was Todd’s second of his PGA Tour career, and came five years after his maiden title (2014 AT&T Byron Nelson),

In 2020, as a result of the cancellation of the WGC-HSBC Champions due to COVID, it was elevated to full FedEx Cup point event status with champion Brian Gay receiving $720,000, 500 points and earning a Masters Tournament invitation after winning in a playoff over Wyndham Clark.

The prize fund was raised to $6.5 million in 2021 with Butterfield Bank coming on as the title sponsor.

The tournament is played at the Port Royal Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, in Southampton Parish, Bermuda.

History: Tournament Names
  • 2021-Pres: Butterfield Bermuda Championship
  • 2019-20: Bermuda Championship
History: Winners

2020: Brian Gay (-15)*
2019: Brendon Todd (-24)
* Playoff win

History: Records

Scoring
To Par: -24, Brendon Todd (2019)
Score: 260, Brendon Todd (2019)


The Field

Danny Willett Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC
Danny Willett on the first tee during the third round of the Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC on Oct 31, 2020 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

The field in Southampton Parish includes a only two top-30 ranked players in Patrick Reed (24) and Matt Fitzpatrick (26).

Additional players to keep an eye on include PGA Tour winners Garrick Higgo, Seamus Power, Brian Gay, Adam Hadwin, Austin Cook and Ryan Armour.

Other familiar names include former major winners Lucas Glover, Danny Willett and Graeme McDowell.

Joel Cook’s Top-5 Power Picks

Pos-Player
1. Matt Fitzpatrick
2. Patrick Reed
3. Mito Pereira
4. Christiaan Bezuidenhout
5. Adam Hadwin

Read Joel Cook’s Full Power Rankings.

Full Field & Odds

Port Royal GC | Southampton Parish, Bermuda | Oct. 28-31, 2021


Credit: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images, Joel Cook


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