2020 Bermuda Championship at Port Royal GC Sleeper Picks: Our Favorite Longshot Bets For the Tournament
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images. Pictured: Camilo Villegas
- The 2020 Bermuda Championship figures to be a wide-open tournament.
- The tournament features a weak field playing on a short course and there's weather in the forecast. All of these elements mean we could -- and should -- expect the unexpected at Port Royal GC.
- Check out our favorite longshot bets on the PGA TOUR this week below.
If you like betting on longshots, the Bermuda Championship is your jam.
The field for the 2020 Bermuda Championship is truly wide open since most of the game’s biggest stars are taking the week off to get ready for the stretch-run to Augusta. We’ve already seen a few longshots like Martin Laird, Hudson Swafford and Stewart Cink hoist a trophy this season and the Bermuda Championship feels like another event that is made for a sleeper.
The tournament favorite, Will Zalatoris, doesn’t even have his TOUR Card yet. Last year’s winner, Brendon Todd, is the second favorite at +1400. There are no other golfers listed under +2000. In well-attended tournaments, Harold Varner III, Doc Redman and Emiliano Grillo are often tagged with triple-digit odds. In this field they are the third, fourth and fifth favorite, respectively. In other words, chaos.
With the stars staying home, the 2020 Bermuda Championship is up for grabs. Here are our favorite sleeper picks for this weekend’s PGA TOUR event:
Scott Stallings (+5000)
While it might seem like every few years Stallings pops up with a win, in reality it’s been a half-dozen years since his third and most recent victory at Torrey Pines. I’ll admit that he’s borderline sleeper territory, but Stallings tends to be an all-or-nothing type of player, with three finishes of sixth-or-better in his last 10 starts, but nothing else inside the top-35. That’s a nice ceiling, though, as he’s a veteran with experience in the hunt, unlike many of the young up-and-comers in this field.
And don’t forget: It’s gonna be windy and this dude owns one of the most explosive stingers in the game.
Brice Garnett (+10000)
I don’t really have much interest betting anybody near the top of the board this week. Instead, I started my card with Chesson Hadley at 90/1 and wanted to focus on the longshots. This is as good an event as any to try and find a sleeper and I landed on Garnett, who I like to target on these shorter courses when the stars are absent.
Garnett just keeps the ball in play. He hits a lot of fairways and greens and is a streaky putter who can get hot and gain five or six strokes on the field at an event like this.
Tyler McCumber (+5500)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a golfer in this field with better recent results than Tyler McCumber. Outside of a missed cut at the Shriners, he has two top-six finishes to start the new season. His best result came at another coastal course where he finished second at the Corales Championship.
McCumber comes in with the third-most Strokes Gained: Total in the field over his last five events, and is starting to make a name for himself on TOUR. These odds speak to how well he has been playing and the way he’s come on to start the season.
He seems primed for a breakthrough win.
Camilo Villegas (+20000)
After dealing with a shoulder injury and missing almost two years from golf, Villegas unexpectedly faced a devastating family tragedy. Finally healthy again, the world’s former seventh-ranked player in the world has his eyes set on a return to the PGA TOUR winner’s circle.
Villegas has been playing some solid golf since his return. He has gained on approach in his past two starts including an impressive 7.3 at the Sanderson Farms. Bermuda is his best statistical putting surface and he gains strokes on the field in windy conditions.
With his two most recent PGA TOUR victories coming on fairly short courses that feature Bermudagrass greens (Honda 2010, Wyndham 2014) and a wide open tournament where anyone can win, this is the perfect week for a feel good story in Bermuda.