‘Scared to Death’ – Players Reveal the Insane Consequences of Winds at PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship

Published 10/29/2021, 4:30 PM EDT


The 2021 Bermuda Championship is currently underway at the Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda. Meanwhile, this is one of the newest events on the Tour and was played in 2019. But the conditions this year at the Port Royal Golf Course have been diabolic with tremendous wind and rain. 

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Moreover, even though the course is the shortest by yardage, the morning conditions were brutal at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. Hence, we saw plenty of players struggling to get their game going. There were plenty of bogeys and double bogeys in the first round, especially in the morning session. And few players expressed their views about this, so let us have a look at them.

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Diabolic Winds create disarray at the Bermuda Championship

Matt Fitzpatrick had a one-footer on the final hole of the day. And he celebrated the end of his round with a fist-pump. Fitzpatrick was happy for the fact that he has finally completed his round for the day. Moreover, he explained the fear he had for the one-footer on the final hole. “Five foot for birdie and a foot and a half for par and, yeah, I was scared to death of it. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I’ve never had a putt like it,” he said.

Furthermore, Nick Watney seemed delighted with a round of one-under 70. However, to understand the gravity of the situation, Watney shared an experience. He had pulled 4-iron on a par-3 13th hole, but still, the ball came up well short of the green. “It was like, ‘Okay, this is serious, this wind is serious,'” Watney said

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“It’s like you’re hitting into a wall, you know? You almost feel like you can’t hit it too hard,” he said of a bunker shot into the wind. “You just don’t want to hit it too soft because the wind affects a chip shot or a sand shot, too.” 

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Moreover, Russell Knox explained it as a bizarre day. “I mean, we stopped on 9 because, like, you couldn’t physically walk. It wasn’t a question of they needed to blow the horn, there was no like physical way that you could play. That’s what made it kind of obviously a bizarre day.”

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Meanwhile, only six players managed to break par in the morning session. The winds approached around 40 miles per hour early in the day, with slight periods of rain interrupting the play several times throughout the day. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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