Daily Fantasy Golf Course Primer: Butterfield Bermuda Championship


We’ll have our third look at Port Royal Golf Course on the PGA Tour for this week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

By distance alone – 6,828 meters – this is the shortest course in the regular rotation of the PGA Tour. How does this affect key stats and expectations for the week? Let’s dig.

Port Royal golf course information

Through: 71
Distance: 6,828
Medium green size: 6,000 square feet
Green type: Bermuda
Stimpmeter: N / A
Last 2 winning scores: -15, -24
2 last cutting lines: +1, -2

There aren’t many PGA Tour courses that record less than 7,000 yards, but the Port Royal Golf Course does. The average par 71 on the Tour is about 7,300 yards, so this course is almost 500 yards shorter (or about 94% longer) than the average par 71.

The short course features average green sizes on the Tour and scores low enough to secure a victory.

In 2019 it was Brendon Todd taking the win at -24, although he beat Harry Higgs (-20) by 4 strokes, and Higgs himself beat the field by 2 strokes.

Stronger gusts of wind kept scores lower last year during Brian Gay15-minus playoff win over heavy hitter Wyndham Clark.

Hole by hole distribution of the Port Royal golf course

Royal Port
Golf field
Through yards vs Average
PGA Tour
1 4 438 102%
2 5 553 98%
3 3 148 75%
4 4 458 106%
5 4 380 88%
6 4 370 86%
7 5 517 92%
8 3 213 108%
9 4 383 89%
ten 4 350 81%
11 4 443 103%
12 4 383 89%
13 3 235 119%
14 4 393 91%
15 4 412 96%
16 3 235 119%
17 5 507 90%
18 4 410 95%
Total 71 6828 94%

There are two long par 3s to deal with, but other than that we have seven holes that are only 90% of – or shorter than – your average hole at the same par on the PGA Tour.

This short hole trend can certainly put us on the distance angle, but the data overall indicates that it is not the primary way to get around Port Royal.

Key stats for the Butterfield Bermuda Championship

– Wins won: Approach
– Strokes won: off the tee
– Driving precision
– Birdie or Better Rate
– Wins won: put on Bermuda

There is, as expected, an inverse relationship to distance and the importance of driving precision on the PGA Tour, and short runs tend to be better for more precise drivers. The datagolf course adjustment tool shows that this is also true.

I won’t blame you if you look more at driving precision than winning shots: initially, but there’s always a chance of wind on a course like this, so maybe we should focus on more than the fairways.

Golfers with course history at Port Royal Golf Club

These golfers have played here at least twice and have won at least 1.0 strokes per round at Port Royal, according to FantasyNational.

– Brian Gay (3.4)
– Hank Lebioda (2.5)
-David Hearn (2.5)
– Ryan Armor (2.5)
– Denny McCarthy (2.4)
– Kramer Hickok (2.3)
-Russell Knox (2.0)
– Scott Stallings (1.5)
– Beau Hossler (1.4)
-Michael Gligic (1.0)

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