Starts: 27th October 2022
Course: Port Royal Golf Course,Bermuda
Length: 6,828 yards
2021 Champion: Lucas Herbert
Course Designer: Robert Trent Jones
Tournament played here since: 2019
Type of Course: Short, coastal track exposed to the wind. Very hilly.
Fairways: Very tight off the tee, the field average for fairways hit was only 54% in 2019.
Rough: Bermuda rough only two inches long, but enough to make approach shots difficult.
Greens: Smaller than average TifEagle Bermuda greens running 10.5 on Stimpmeter on account of the wind.
Par 5's: 2nd, 7th and 17th
Water Hazards: In play on five of the holes.
Premium on: Putting and Scrambling
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
The weather! Caution is advised this week due to the weather forecast below. There will be some good in-play opportunities as a result.
This is a great opportunity for players seeking their first win or that haven't won for a while.
Temperatures should be in the mid 70's with thunderstorms expected all week. Sunday looks set to be the windiest day with winds of up to 17mph in the afternoon.
Thunderstorms, max winds approx 10mph.
Thunderstorms, max winds approx 14mph.
Scattered Thunderstorms, max winds approx 14mph.
AM Thunderstorms, max winds approx 17mph.
Todd won in 2019 with -24 but that was in much calmer conditions. The last two winners - Lucas Herbert and Brian Gay won with -15 in heavier winds so we should expect a winning score close to -15.
Gay was 3rd here in 2019 before his win but runner up Clark was a debutant, as was last years winner Lucas Herbert. It's preferred over recent form at this unique track.
Todd won in 2019 on the back of a 28th place finish at the Houston Open but had missed several cuts before that. In 2020, Gay arrived following four missed cuts and last year Hebert had also missed his previous two cuts. Form is not essential here.
Herbert was ranked 57th in the world and had won earlier that year in Ireland. Gay was ranked 318th before his win but it was his 5th PGA Tour title. Todd was ranked 522nd and was his second PGA Tour title.
Rankings for both course winners were 4-4-81. Hitting the small fairways is usually key.
Rankings for both course winners were 38-51-7. No major advantage with length.
Greens In Regulation
Rankings for both course winners were 15-10-75. As always hitting greens helps although Lucas Herbert ranked low.
Rankings for both course winners were 16-4-4. An important stat to win.
Putts Per GIR
Rankings for both course winners were 6-3-14. Only three top-10 finishers in 2021 were outside the top 15 in putts per round.
Tough Holes: The par 3s will go a long way to determining the winner. Holes 13 and 16 can play in excess of 230 yards and the eighth is 210 yards.
Birdie Holes: The 7th hole (par 5) is a must-birdie hole.
Fast or Slow Start: Herbert was 5 shots back after round one last year and Gay was six back after round one in 2020. Herbert and Gay were both four back at halfway. Todd shot an opening 68 and trailed first round leader, Scottie Scheffler, by 6. He was still behind with 18 holes to go, before overcoming a two shot deficit. It is possible to play catch up here.
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