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While many of the big hitters on the PGA Tour are playing at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, the rest of the PGA Tour marches on with the 2019 Bermuda Championship taking place October 31-November 3. This tournament is making its debut on the PGA Tour as an alternate event with 300 FedEx Cup points allotted to the tournament winner. It is the first regular PGA Tour event to take place on the island nation of Bermuda, and will be hosted by the Port Royal Golf Course in beautiful Southampton.
Port Royal Golf Course
The Port Royal Golf Course was founded in 1965 as a public course owned and operated by the government of Bermuda. The architect brought in to design the course was Robert Trent Jones, who worked with both the unique land formation and routing available to him. Such choices led to the breathtaking signature 16th holes that hugs the Caribbean Ocean. After years of land disputes, the course finally opened in 1970 and was updated in 2009 by Roger Rulewich to its current length. This is the second PGA Tour event hosted by the club, having previously hosted the 2009 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, won by Ernie Els.
The course is a difficult layout featuring no real straightforward holes. Golfers have to contend with not only the ocean, but lakes on inland holes, tons of strategic bunkering and occasionally tight out of bounds areas. While the 16th hole receives the lion’s share of adoration (Jack Nicklaus once called it his favorite hole), the whole course is beautiful. The ever-present ocean breezes make sure that both accurate shots and accurate reads on the weather conditions are needed to conquer this course.
16th Hole. Getty Images.
The field is unsurprisingly wide-open with a field of talented and hungry golfers. Chief among those teeing off is Lanto Griffin, the current FedEx Cup points leader and winner of the Houston Open. Other recent PGA Tour winners in the field include Aaron Wise, Martin Trainer and Ryan Armour. Major winner and golf legend Davis Love III takes a break from the Champions Tour to play this event. It’s difficult to pick a clear favorite and that’s part of what makes these events so exciting. Every golfer will tee off knowing this could be their chance to get a win on the PGA Tour and spark their ascent into golf’s upper echelons.
Lanto Griffin tees off this weekend. photo credit: USATSI
Television coverage of the Bermuda Championship is presented by the Golf Channel. The actions from the first two rounds are available 12:30-4:30pm ET on Thursday and Friday, with the third round covered 1:30-4:30pm ET. The final round will be presented on Sunday. There is not streaming coverage provided by PGA Tour Live, but radio coverage through PGA Tour Radio is available through SiriusXM satellite radio and online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.