We're off to Port Royal for the Bermuda Championship which makes its PGA Tour debut on Thursday. Words and stats by Andy Swales...
"The shorter hitters, such as Zac Blair, or the mid-range guys like Robby Shelton, will feel they have a better chance than normal to register a victory, although driving into the coastal wind will give them a few headaches too."
The PGA Tour makes a first ever trip to Bermuda for this week's tournament at the stunning Port Royal Golf Club.
Located in the south-west of this elongated Atlantic island, around 850 miles from the North Carolina coast, Port Royal was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1970.
For six straight years from 2009 it hosted the Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole four-player tournament involving the major champions from each of those particular seasons.
Bermuda's Tourism Authority has signed a five-year agreement with the PGA Tour to be title sponsors of this new event through to 2023.
Ahead of staging its first Grand Slam of Golf, more than $14m was spent on renovating the course which was officially re-opened on July 21st, 2009.
Wind will most definitely be an issue this week, with water coming into play on seven holes - and possibly a couple more depending on how inaccurate a tee shot or an approach may be.
There are also a handful of interesting dog-legs to master on a course where six of the par-four holes are less than 400 yards in length.
None of the world's top 50 has made the journey into the Atlantic, meaning this week's event is likely to be one of the most difficult to predict.
With no course history for guidance, current form plays a more prominent role when trying to pick a winner on Sunday.
Check out latest betting ahead of this week's Bermuda Championship
This is one of those weeks which offers this year's Korn Ferry Tour graduates an excellent opportunity to grab a win at the top table.
Lanto Griffin has already successfully made the switch, thanks to his triumph in Houston earlier this month.
The shorter hitters, such as Zac Blair, or the mid-range guys like Robby Shelton, will feel they have a better chance than normal to register a victory, although driving into the coastal wind will give them a few headaches too.
In-form Scott Harrington tied-for-second in Houston, and has made a solid start to the 2019/20 season.
Two others to take a peek at are Brian Stuard and Mark Hubbard.
Stuard, who finished 82nd on last season's FedEx Cup standings, is not the longest of hitters but showed up well for the categories judging approach shots from between 50 and 125 yards and also from 100 to 125 yards - he finished 2018/19 inside the top-10 for both.
With six of the 11 par-four holes below 400 yards in length, a large proportion of the approach shots are likely to be shorter than usual - especially if sea breezes are not overly strong.
Meanwhile, Hubbard is another mid-range driver who has begun the new campaign in good shape and is currently 12th in the FedEx Cup table - albeit at this early stage of the campaign.
Twitter: Andy Swales @GolfStatsAlive
Table Below Shows Form Over Last 10 Weeks
MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut
Note: List Contains Leading Reserves
|Brendon de Jonge||MC||MC|
|Bo Van Pelt||MC||MC||62|