Denny McCarthy is the third highest-ranked player in the field based on the OWGR. He didn’t crack the top 200 until late in 2021 but has continued to rise in 2022 inside the top 100. Last PGA Tour season, McCarthy racked up seven top-12 finishes en route to qualifying for the FedEx Cup Playoffs’ BMW Championship for the first time.
The 29-year-old played well in some big events, collecting T-5th at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday and T-7th at the U.S. Open for his best major championship result.
Not only is McCarthy the best player as far as OWGR and last year’s FedEx Cup, but he has excellent history at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship to fall back on.
The former Virginia Cavalier is 3-for-3 making the cut at Port Royal Golf Club. He posted T-15th (67-71-65-68) in 2019, T-4th (70-67-72-63) in 2020, and T-39th (72-68-71-69) last year. His final round 63 in 2020 was the low round of the tournament and nearly led to a big-time comeback, leaving him three shots off the pace.
Last year, McCarthy was T-7th in the field in greens in regulation (73.61%) and T-19th in scrambling (68.42%).
In the 2021-22 season, the Maryland native ranked second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round putting (.818) and 31st in total SG per round (,837).
McCarthy is a short hitter (165th driving distance, 291.6 yards), but that’s not a big deal at this week’s sub-7,000 yard layout.
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship is his fourth start of the 2022-23 season. He’s made two of three cuts highlighted by T-25th at the Fortinet Championship. McCarthy was one of few players in this week’s field who qualified for last week’s CJ Cup. He took T-37th at Congaree.