Bermuda Championship matchups, placings, first-round leader bets and predictions

Esten McLaren, Sportsbookwire
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The PGA Tour schedule hits a bit of a two-week lull ahead of this year’s unique Masters, Nov. 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club.

Following Patrick Cantlay’s victory at the Zozo Championship last week, it’s a bit of a weaker field in Southampton, Bermuda this week for the second Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course. The field is fronted by defending 2019 champion Brendon Todd and also features a pair of brothers, Ollie and Luke Schniederjans.

Below, we’ll look for the best value bets in the 2020 Bermuda Championship betting odds with tournament matchups, placings and first-round leader (FRL) picks and predictions.

Matchup bets

Odds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Henrik Stenson vs. Tom Lewis (+110)

Stenson is a fairly heavy favorite in this tournament head-to-head. Big names such as him are often highly risky plays in smaller events like this, especially just two weeks ahead of the Masters.

Lewis has played predominantly on the PGA Tour in 2020 with a top result of T-2 at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Stenson has played a much lighter schedule than usual and missed the cut in three of his last four events with a top result of T-21 in a weak field at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Take the value over the name here and BET TOM LEWIS (+110).

Harold Varner III vs. Doc Redman (-106)

Varner is a modest favorite coming off a T-13 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Redman’s a risky play with two missed cuts but two T-3s in his last five events. Redman can be backed in the head-to-head matchup after a T-35 finish in the inaugural running of this event last year. Varner will be playing here for the first time. TAKE DOC REDMAN (-106).

Placing bets

Top 5: Will Zalatoris (+250)

Zalatoris is the outright tournament favorite at +1100. The recent Korn Ferry Tour graduate is the top golfer in attendance by the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings at No. 11; however, he remains in search of his first PGA Tour win. Get the insurance of a top-5 placing, after he finished in the top 10 in three of his last four events.

Top 10: Josh Teater (+800)

Teater has struggled of late with a missed cut in three of his last four events before dropping down to the Korn Ferry Tour’s Orange County National Championship for a T-27 finish. The veteran has regularly shown well in these small events, including a runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open in February and a T-11 in this event last year. He’s even worth a long-shot bet at +10000 to win outright.

Top European: Rasmus Hojgaard (+800)

Hojgaard will play in North America for just the second time this year following a missed cut at the US Open. He has four top-10 finishes and a victory in strong events on the European Tour this year.

First-round leader bets

Stewart Cink (+5500)

Cink was a surprise winner at the Safeway Open. Port Royal is similar to that host venue (Silverado Resort & Spa), and the Bermuda Championship will be another scoring fest with Todd winning at minus-24 last year. Look for another strong start from the 47-year-old.

Luke Schniederjans (+25000)

The younger brother of Ollie Schniederjans, Luke recently shot a round of 59 in a mini-tour event in North Carolina. A long-shot bet on him to stay hot for just one more round in his leap to the PGA Tour amid favorable scoring conditions returns a profit of $2,500 on a $10 wager.