The PGA Tour leaves the United States borders for the second time this season at the Bermuda Championship.
For the first time this season, as well as the first time since March, fans are allowed at a PGA Tour event. I’m not talking those cheers you’ve been hearing from a backyard or behind a fence at some tournament. I’m talking actual fans on the tournament property.
That’s the case at the second annual Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.
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A limited number of fans will be allowed into the event. It will serve as a dry run for the PGA Tour, which is letting 2,000 fans into next week’s Houston Open.
How much the re-allowance of fans will impact the golf remains to be seen.
What we do know is the 132-player field in Bermuda is not overly impressive. It makes sense as most big names played at least one of the CJ Cup and Zozo Championship and/or are waiting to play in Houston in advance of the Masters in two weeks.
Defending champion Brendon Todd is the highest ranked player in the field at No. 41 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The course is one of the shorter ones on the schedule at 6,850 yards for a par 71. Port Royal has eight par-4s under 415 yards, so expect wedge play to be key this week.
There’s not too much trouble off the tee but plenty of bunkers around the greens provide some challenge. Elevation changes and winds off the Atlantic also add to the defense.
Greens, as you can imagine, are bermudagrass. They expect to roll about average speed, if not slower.
The weather forecast predicts a windy week with gusts exceeding 20 miles per hour. Rain early in the week and perhaps on the weekend could make for soft conditions.
Port Royal hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014.
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