Best bets for PGA's Bermuda Championship

By Wes Reynolds  (VSiN.com) 

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 Patrick Cantlay (28-1) shot a final-round 65 last weekend to win the Zozo Championship by one stroke over Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm and earn his third PGA Tour victory. His last win was in June 2019, also on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Muirfield Village in the Memorial Tournament. Cantlay led the field in scrambling and was third in strokes gained tee to green and 10th in strokes gained putting. Rahm not only fell a shot short of a playoff, he also fell short of taking the Official World Golf Ranking No. 1 slot from an absent Dustin Johnson, as he needed a solo second-place finish. Thomas birdied the 18th to tie him. Rahm still looks in Masters-ready form, with five finishes of sixth or better in his last nine starts. Russell Henley followed up his T-3 finish at the CJ Cup with a T-4 at the Zozo and now has four top-10 finishes in his last six starts. Tiger Woods’ struggles continued. He tied for 72nd in a 77-player field and obviously needs more reps, which could come in two weeks at the Houston Open in what would be a rare appearance from him in the week before a major. 

 

Most top players will skip the next two events before Augusta. In fact, defending champion Brendon Todd is the only player in this week’s Bermuda Championship field who played last weekend. Todd is 12-1 to defend his Bermuda title along with Will Zalatoris, who was favored a few weeks ago in the Dominican Republic and tied for eighth. Zalatoris has a chance to win a PGA Tour event for the second time despite not being a member of the tour. He won this summer on the Korn Ferry Tour and finished in the top 10 in eight of 11 events — and inside the top 20 in all 11 — on that tour. Add a T-6 finish in his first major at the U.S. Open, a T-8 in the Dominican Republic and a T-5 at the Shriners to go along with his stellar Korn Ferry play. Zalatoris has missed only one cut in 20 events in 2020 and needs only a T-69 finish, basically needing to make the cut, to lock up his special temporary membership on the PGA Tour. While he is a justifiable pick in a weaker Bermuda field, even a field lacking strength will always be stronger than a Korn Ferry Tour event. Doc Redman and Harold Varner III follow in the market at 25-1. Redman has two top-3 finishes in his last five events. Emiliano Grillo is priced at 30-1 along with Denny McCarthy and Kristoffer Ventura, both of whom tied for sixth at the Sanderson Farms Championship four weeks ago. 

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