Ben Griffin is looking to make good in his return to the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
He was tied for the lead through 54 holes with Seamus Power last year. Griffin closed with a final-round 72 in tough, blustery conditions to drop to T-3rd. He finished two shots behind Power, who hoisted the Butterfield Bermuda Championship trophy.
He described during last year’s tournament some of the keys to playing well at Port Royal GC.
"“Yeah, keep the putter rolling, that’s going to be key,” Griffin was transcribed by Tee Scripts. “There’s a good amount of space on some of these holes to miss it, but you know if you can give yourself a lot of chances, it almost feels like a putting contest, at least these first two rounds. And as the wind picks up it’s going to be definitely a test, it’s going to feel like almost Scottish golf, so I feel ready for it and I’m ready to take it on for this weekend.”"
Griffin came close once again to picking up his first career PGA Tour win this fall. The 27-year-old also held the 54-hole lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship. A putt to win in regulation burned the edge and Griffin couldn’t prevail in a playoff.
He settled for his career-high finish in the big leagues, T-2nd.
That was one of eight top-25s for him in 2023. The latest came last week, a T-23rd at the World Wide Technology Championship where he was under par all four rounds.
The former North Carolina Tar Heel has a good short game. That could come in handy in the wind this week. He ranks 14th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (.317 per round).
A lack of distance can make life tough for Griffin at many venues, so he should be licking his chops to take on a sub-7,000-yard venue this week at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.