The PGA Tour continues this week as it visits Port Royal Golf Course for the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Read on below to see my prediction for who will win the tournament, as well as my predictions for who will finish in the top 10, my dark horse, and my player to fade.
Winner: Christiaan Bezuidenhout- Bezuidenhout has been playing some lights out golf lately, with back to back top 5 finishes and 3 top 10’s in his last 4 starts, going -49 during that stretch. Bezuidenhout made the cut in all 12 of his PGA Tour starts last season, with 1 top 10 and 8 finishes inside the top 40 to show for it. Bezuidenhout is a top 50 player in the world rankings and brings the fire power each time he tees it up and I predict that he will pick up his maiden PGA Tour victory this week!
Top 10: Seamus Power- Power had a summer to remember in 2021, putting together 6 straight top 20 finishes, capped off by his first career PGA Tour win at the Barbasol Championship. Power has cooled off since then, with a best finish of T-21 in his 4 starts since coming at the Shriners Children’s Open, but brings a solid track record into Bermuda, finishing inside the top 40 in both of his starts here. If Power holes some putts and minimizes his mistakes around the green this week, a top 10 is certainly within his grasp.
Dark Horse: Hayden Buckley- Buckley has put together a terrific stretch of golf the past few weeks, finishing in the top 10 in 5 of his last 8 starts across the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tours, including back to back top 10’s on the PGA Tour. Buckley is currently 11th in Strokes Gained: Total and inside the top 20 in both Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green and Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee, so his game is firing on all cylinders right now. Buckley will definitely be in the mix this week and I predict that a top 20 finish is a lock for him come Sunday.
Player to Fade: Robert Allenby- Allenby has had his on-course struggles of late, having not made a cut on the PGA Tour since 2019 and finishing no better than T-44 in 9 Champions Tour events this season. Allenby missed the cut here in his lone start in this event in 2020 and I predict that he will miss the cut again this week.