This week we expected two PGA Tour events, but the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China has been canceled due to COVID-19. Now the Bermuda Championship becomes a full-field event and the only major tour event this week with the Hero Indian Open, co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, also being canceled. This week's event in Bermuda has the weakest field of the PGA Tour season. In fact, the field has already exhausted its alternate list.
Matt Fitzpatrick (14-1), a winner two weeks ago in the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama on the European Tour, is still seeking his first stateside and PGA Tour victory and will be doing so in the favorite's role this week. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (16-1) has two top-5 worldwide finishes this fall (third, Korn Ferry Tour Championship; fifth, BMW PGA Championship). Patrick Reed (22-1) is the highest-ranked player in the field (OWGR No. 24) and is the only Top 25 OWGR player in Bermuda this week. Mito Pereira (25-1) has four top-6-or-better finishes since his "battlefield promotion" (three Korn Ferry Tour wins) to the PGA Tour earlier this summer. Hayden Buckley (30-1) has five top-10s in his last eight starts across the Korn Ferry and PGA Tours.
The Bermuda Championship made its debut in 2019 on the PGA Tour schedule as an alternate event to the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Last year, the event was elevated to full FedEx Cup point status with 500 points going to the tournament winner. This year it was going to return to alternate event status, but the WGC event in China was canceled due to COVID-19, so it is back to full-event status. The Bermuda winner will receive a Masters invitation for 2022 and a full two-year PGA Tour exemption. The total purse began as a $3 million fund in 2019 and was upgraded to $4 million last year. The 2021 event prize pool increases to $6.5 million with Bermuda-based Butterfield Bank and the Bermuda Tourism Board signing on as co-title sponsors.