The Bermuda Championship is the latest stop on the PGA Tour before the big one at Augusta, and Paddy Power have teamed up with SportingLife.com expert Ben Coley to bring you our top tips for the week ahead.
It’s not the strongest of fields and Coley believes there’s huge value to be had away from the top of the betting market. He’s picked out 4 worth backing at big odds. Just click on the betting odds widget and boom – straight to your betslip.
It surely makes sense to throw some darts in Bermuda, where heavy rain and winds battered the island on Monday and could continue to do so all week. Such conditions favour no-one in truth but experience can go a long way, and Baddeley has it in spades. He’s a winner at Habour Town, by the sea in South Carolina, and has a fine record in the always-breezy Texas Open. His last win came in this sort of company and he’s been playing a little better than his form figures imply.
Rob Oppenheim isn’t the sort of golfer to set the pulse racing, but there were plenty of straight-hitting veterans in the top 10 last year and the winner makes his money by hitting fairways and holing putts. That’s Oppenheim’s formula, and his best efforts on the PGA Tour have generally come by the coast including at Pebble Beach and in Puerto Rico. Crucially, he has lots of low rounds to his name lately including a 62 at the Wyndham, and he’s probably playing some of the best golf of his life.
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Those who played here last year in the first renewal of the tournament are at a slight advantage, and that applies to both Oppenheim and Kramer Hickok. The latter was inside the top 20 thanks to four sub-70 rounds, and this is the sort of course where his accuracy off the tee does count for something. Hickok hasn’t yet lived up to the hype but he was 15th at just a slightly lower level last time and 21st before that in the Dominican Republic. Again, he loves playing in the wind.
A real curveball here as Sang-moon Bae has seemingly been struggling on the Korn Ferry Tour for much of 2020. However, there have actually been some signs of encouragement lately with eight of his last 12 rounds having been under-par. They’ve helped him contend in each of his last two starts only to falter on Sundays, an indication that he’s on the road to recovery. Certainly, his driving is improving and he’s a player with a Texas win to his name, one who can handle the forecast conditions.
Ben Coley Tips:
AARON BADDELEY @ 150/1
KRAMER HICKOK @ 80/1
ROB OPPENHEIM @ 70/1
SANG-MOON BAE @ 125/1
*All prices correct at time of posting
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