The Port Royal course in Southampton, Bermuda is the venue for this week’s USPGA tournament having held this event in 2019 when Brendon Todd won with a four-round total of 24 under par. Port Royal is a Robert Trent designed course and relatively short by modern standards at only 6800 yards. Upgraded to a full Tour event and now offering up 500 FedEx Cup points, a full 2-year Tour exemption, an invite to the 2021 Masters and a $4 million prize fund there is plenty to play for at Port Royal this week. Our 2020 Masters Tips will be available from Monday 9th November.
The par 71 course features four Par 3’s and three Par 5’s which are all reachable in two and we can expect plenty of low scoring action again this week.
The wind may be the course’s main defence this weekend but players will be hitting short irons into most of the greens here. Port Royal will suit some of the medium and shorter hitters on the Tour and consequently, this is a very open and competitive betting event.
Defending Champ Brendon Todd is the only player who competed in last week’s ZoZo Championship and his tied 47th position should put him in good shape to defend his title this week. Joint favourite with most online bookmakers Todd will expect to be in contention throughout this week and his expert course management and short game should prove once again prove very valuable.
Will Zalatoris is the other joint-favourite and the rising young star has three Top 10’s already this season including a superb tie for sixth in the US Open. However, his overall lack of experience means his odds are poor value even in this event which has no entries from golfers in the World Top 25.
Argentinian Emiliano Grillo is in good form going into this week and the 28 year old world number 158 has been very consistent this year finishing in third position in both the 3M Open and the Puerto Rican Open. Grillo won on the Tour in 2015 and is worth a small interest this week at odds of 30/1 with Hill’s who are paying ⅕ odds for 8 places.
- Tip: 1 point each way: Emilliano Grillo – 30/1 with William Hill (⅕ odds 8 Places)
Flying a little under the radar this year has been Scott Piercy but he showed some improved form last time out in the Shriners Open at Las Vegas and his accurate driving and consistent positional play will work well for him at Port Royal. Piercy is hugely experienced and has good form at coastal courses including Pebble Beach and Harbour Town . Odds of 50/1 for Piercy seem too big this week in this field and William Hill yet again provide the value and the best each way odds.
- Tip: 1 point each way: Scot Piercy – 50/1 with William Hill (⅕ odds 8 Places)
Final selection this week is for Padraig Harrington who will be suited by the shortness of the course and the coastal setting. The triple Major winning Irishman is also in very good form having just finished T-9th and T-14th in the Scottish Open and Scottish Championship in relatively cold conditions. Harrington has an excellent short game and should pick up plenty of birdies with his fine iron play in the warmer climate. At odds of 66/1 with Skybet paying 7 places, Harrington is well worth a small each way interest.
- Tip: 0.5 points each way: Padraig Harrington – 66/1 with Skybet (⅕ odds 7 Places)