Hopefully, the 2021 Butterfield Bermuda Championship wraps up tomorrow, but with high winds and rain in the forecast, don’t be surprised to see this tournament finish on Monday instead. Unfortunately, high wind and rain have already played havoc during the first round of the tournament. Still, better weather helped to improve scores on both Friday and Saturday, and the current leader Taylor Pendrith stayed close enough to jump into the lead after round and has held the lead through the third round. Also, he’s leading the Bermuda Championship Odds to win.
Let’s recap the first three days to catch you up to speed in case you’ve missed anything.
On a windy Thursday afternoon in Bermuda, Brandon Hagy and Chad Ramey fired a 6-under 65 to share the lead after day one at the Bermuda Championship.
Right behind the leaders sits Vincent Whaley, who shot a 66, and right behind Whaley is a group including Garrick Higgo, Seamus Power of Ireland, and Danny Lee, who finished round one with a 67.
Day two at the Bermuda Classic saw the winds die down and saw Taylor Pendrith climb to the top of the leaderboard by one stroke over Patrick Reed by shooting a 61. Taylor Pendrith also increased his odds to win the whole tournament to +350 as he was inserted as the favorite, as projected by Jazzsports.
Pendrith ran off five straight birdies at the turn and flirted with a sub-60 round until settling for two closing pars and a 10-under 61 at Port Royal. Then, in the calm and beauty of Port Royal, Pendrith had nine birdies and an eagle to offset his lone bogey on the 13th hole to move past Rodgers into the lead at 11-under 131.
Sitting right behind Pendrith at 10-under is Patrick Rodgers, who held the top spot on the leaderboard for most of the day and increased his odds to win the whole tournament to +550, as projected by Jazzsports. Rodgers set the early target with four birdies on the front nine in the morning and then his chip-in for eagle on the par-5 seventh to reach 10-under for the round.
Taylor Pendrith felt the nerves as he started his third round Saturday at the Bermuda Classic, as he was 1-over after his first six holes. In danger of falling out of the top spot on the leaderboard, Pendrith ran off four straight birdies and then picked up two more birdies late in his round Saturday for a 6-under 65 and a three-shot lead, 17-under par heading into play on Sunday. Pendrith almost picked up another birdie on the 18th when he smashed driver well over the bunker and off a cement cart path with the ball landing near a corporate tent not far from the green. He pitched beautifully up the slope but missed an 8-foot birdie.
Breathing down Pendrith’s neck is Danny Lee, who finished off the day with a 65 and sits three shots back at 14-under par. Lee is the only player among the top five on the leaderboard who has won on the PGA Tour, though that was six years and 173 tournaments ago at the Greenbrier Classic.
Australian Lucas Herbert, a two-time winner on the European Tour, had his second straight round of 65 and was four shots behind.
Taylor Pendrith has been rock solid, even after it looked like nerves would get the best of him early on Saturday, but Pendrith found another gear and became a birdie machine to take a three-shot lead into the final round. Pendrith’s play also made him the clear favorite at -130 odds to win the whole thing, as projected by Jazzsports, but with the bad weather forecast for Sunday, I don’t believe that Pendrith can hold onto the lead.
Taylor Pendrith was able to get out of a few jams on Sunday by hitting some clutch drives to leave him easy birdie chances. The wind isn’t going to allow for that on Sunday, so Pendrith will struggle.
Lucas Herbert is the real deal, and his play on Saturday confirmed it. Herbert jumped to third with his odds of +600 to win the tournament, as projected by Jazzsports but again, I think the weather on Sunday will hurt Herbert’s game, and he will come up short Sunday evening.
I was really rooting for Patrick Rodgers to finally break through and win on the PGA Tour, but Rodgers couldn’t get consistent play on Saturday after his strong play on Friday. Rodgers birdied his last hole to salvage a 68 and was tied for fourth, five shots behind. His play on Saturday also dropped his odds to win the tournament to +1100. Of course, five shots aren’t impossible, but he hasn’t shown me enough consistency to pull off the win.
My pick to win the whole tournament, Danny Lee. Lee currently sits 3-shots back and has seen his odds to win the entire tournament increase to +500. Lee has Pendrith right where he wants him, and his game will play far better as the winds increase on Sunday. Expect Lee to use his iron play and short game to take full advantage of the conditions to play well enough not to lose.
Pendrith has won twice on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada back in 2019, but he has yet to win a PGA event, so I expect the nerves and the weather conditions to get the best of him. Expect Lee to try and take advantage early, as the PGA Tour has moved up the tee times earlier in the morning to try and avoid the bad weather.
After round three at the Bermuda Classic in Bermuda, Taylor Pendrith remains at the top of the leaderboard and is the favorite at -150 as projected by Jazzsports. The odds after round three have been updated below.
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