All sorts of elements could be seen in Round 1 on the island of Bermuda, as those who tee off the earliest were playing in the worst of conditions. It was cool and windy, with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, and the game even had to be paused once when a rain wave came through. It rained sideways for a few minutes, to the point where Russell Knox and Matthew Fitzpatrick both said it was one of the windiest they’d ever played.

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Round 1 summary

Morning wave

Austin Eckroat and newcomer to the tour Greyson Sigg shot the rounds of the morning: 3-under 68s. Seth Reeves shot a 2-under 69. All of the other 20 golfers who shot on Round 1 in the 60s came off the afternoon wave. Tomorrow no rain is announced. Even if there should be practically no wind or a light breeze in the afternoon, the higher it gets, the stronger it gets.

Afternoon wave

The later it got, the better the conditions got. And it was clear there was a slight shift as the leaderboard looked condensed in a hurry. Patrick Reed jumped out an early part of the lead and made his first three holes with a birdie but he played the next 15 holes on par. There were ups and downs but Reed looked confident in the conditions and managed to score good points , although he’s not quite there yet. Seamus power continues its strong form and looks like it will stay here. He shot 4 under, as well Garrick Higgo. Kiradech Aphibarn Council and Chad Ramey also took advantage of the better conditions to shoot in the mid-1960s, far better than the field average, and Ramey shares the lead overnight Brandon leave.

With the strong winds all day and the standstill in the middle of the lap, lap 1 is not over at the end of the day. Sahith Theegala is one of the notables who are still on the course. It is even over 14 holes par.

Round 1 statistics summary

Information gleaned from stroke does not travel on unfamiliar soil, so there are only old school statistics that need to be covered.

Driving accuracy

Average position: 44

  1. Greyson Sigg
  2. Ryan armor
  3. Guido Migliozzi
  4. Max McGreevy
  5. Davis Riley

Green in regulation

Average position: 26

  1. Cameron Percy
  2. Michael Sims
  3. Brandon leave
  4. Chad Ramey
  5. Danny Lee
  6. Seamus power
  7. David Skinns
  8. Ben crane
  9. John Sending

Putts per green in regulation

Average position: 21.2

  1. Patrick Reed
  2. Kiradech Aphibarn Council
  3. Vincent Whaley
  4. Seth Reeves
  5. Ben Kohles

Round 2 Bermuda Championship DraftKings Slate preview

  • Blocking time: Probably sometime around 7:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET. Round 1 has about five holes left, which should last about an hour, with golfers in position at 6:30 a.m. ET.
  • Main prize: DraftKings is offering $ 10,000 for first place and $ 30,000 guaranteed for second round.

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With such a discrepancy in the rating today, one would hope that it would even out in round 2. That may happen a little, but not nearly as much as it did today. But having the majority of the line-up tee off as late as possible would win about half a shot on average due to the conditions to be expected.

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  • Patrick Reed ($ 9,700): Reed isn’t quite back yet. But given his long-term potential and success, he is clearly the best player in the field. Reed scored very well considering the conditions and showed form flashes all day through his pocket. If he can straighten his driver a little overnight and hit more than 50% of his fairways tomorrow, he should be one of the top scorers for the morning wave.
  • Nick Watney ($ 8,400): Watney played in some of the worst conditions and still managed to hold it all together nicely. Watney seems to be clicking through his bag, hitting over 55% of his fairways, over 60% of his greens and typically under 1.7 putts per green on average. With easier conditions for his Friday afternoon tee time, he should be able to improve everything and move up the leaderboard for the weekend.
  • Austin Eckroat ($ 7,800): While the conditions golfers saw in the morning wave would be tough for anyone, shooting 68, spinning the wave’s low score, and doing so with virtually no status tour is impressive. Now Eckroat has a chance to win something even if things don’t go well this week as he is exempt from the final stage of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school, which takes place next week. A win here this week would undo his plans to jump to Savannah, Georgia, and earn him instant PGA Tour status. He has the game and the conditions should be ideal to move up the leaderboard at the end of the day.
  • Greyson Sigg ($ 7,500): Sigg hit 92.9% of the fairways on each lap at a 40 mph wind. He also hit 72% of his greens on round 1 and showed a solid stroke of the ball on the round. In view of the better conditions expected in the afternoon and the impact of the ball, Sigg offers an inexpensive option for the second round.

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