Another week of PGA Tour golf brings us another country for the PGA Tour -- from Las Vegas two consecutive weeks to Bermuda via Japan. That has not lead to a totally normal travel schedule if you played in all three of those events (or if you plan to play next week in Mexico at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Windy conditions Thursday kept scores high in Round 1 with Brandon Hagy and Chad Ramey tying for the lead at 6-under 65. But better conditions on Friday allowed Taylor Pendrith to hit five consecutive birdies on his way to going 11 under to take the lead after Round 1. Pendrith held his lead after Round 3 heading into Sunday's action.
This week's field is, well, very interesting. It included some nice names to start -- Matt Fitzpatrick, Patrick Reed and Mito Pereira -- but overall is one of the least-talented fields -- according to the Official World Golf Rankings -- of the entire season.
So, why watch? Well there are a few reasons. The first is that Bermuda is great scenery that offers the occasional benefit of nasty, windy weather that shows off the skills of Tour players. The second is that this is actually a low-key important event on the fall slate for almost everyone in this field. This tournament was supposed to be an opposite field event, but because the WGC-HSBC Champions was canceled, it retains full status on the PGA Tour and will offer a Masters berth as well as 500 FedEx Cup points. It's almost certain that somebody who was not already in the Masters is going to get in by winning this week. It's also probable that somebody who was not going to make it to the Tour Championship if this was still an opposite field event is going to have a real chance to do so as well.
While it obviously does not have the star power of most of the other events on the PGA Tour slate, there are still plenty of intriguing nuggets about this week and also a handful of compelling reasons to tune in, especially on the weekend when things get tight and an invite to Augusta National is on the line.
All times Eastern; streaming start times approximated
Round 4 – Sunday
Round starts: 6:30 a.m.
Live TV coverage: 1-4 p.m. on Golf Channel
Live stream online: 1-4 p.m. on fuboTV (Try for free) and NBCSports.com
Radio: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on PGA Tour Radio