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The lack of notable names means a huge chance at a PGA Tour victory is on the line for the 132 golfers teeing off Thursday in the 2021 Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Club. The 2021 Bermuda Championship field is led by young stars like Matt Fitzpatrick and Korn Ferry standouts Stephan Jaeger, Joseph Bramlett and Mito Pereira. Former Masters champions Patrick Reed and Danny Willett lead a veteran contingent that also includes Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald. Brian Gay is the defending champion, breaking an eight-year victory drought at age 48 last season with a 15-under score and a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Wyndham Clark.

Fitzpatrick is the 14-1 favorite in the latest 2021 Bermuda Championship golf odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Christiaan Bezuidenhout the second choice at 16-1. Reed (20-1) and Pereira (25-1) are among the other notable players expected to contend from the 2021 Bermuda Championship field. Before you lock in your 2021 Bermuda Championship picks or make any PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

The media legend and esteemed golf insider has a strong track record on picks, and he knows what it takes to win. Before last week's Zozo Championship outside Tokyo, Johnson tabbed Hideki Matsuyama among his best bets.

"You know he is looking to showcase his game in front of the home crowd," the golf expert told SportsLine of the Japanese star. "This could be his personal U.S. Open."

He was right on the money. Matsuyama, already a hero in his home country after winning the Masters in March, fired a final-round 65 that included an eagle from 8 feet on the final hole. He trailed by one with eight holes to play on Sunday and won by five strokes.

Johnson is off to a strong start overall this season. Before the Shriners, he named both Sungjae Im and Matthew Wolff among his players to watch. Im shot a 9-under 62 in the final round for a comfortable four-shot win, and Wolff finished as runner-up, his first top-10 finish in almost exactly a year.

The previous week at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Johnson nailed Sam Burns as his winner. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in huge.  

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, and founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 Bermuda Championship golf picks, and they will surprise you. You can only see Johnson's expert PGA picks at SportsLine.

Top 2021 Bermuda Championship golf predictions

In a major shock, Johnson is fading Fitzpatrick, who won two weeks ago at Valderrama and is the favorite. The Englishman will be making his first tour start this season. He had as many missed cuts as top-10's in the last campaign and didn't make the top-25 in his final four. He is accurate off the tee but isn't as strong with his irons (147th in greens in regulation). He might take time to adjust and has been inconsistent, so Johnson will be going in another direction.   

On the flip side, Johnson has seen Reed rise to the occasion many times and knows the 31-year-old will be looking to seize this opportunity. He is among the most experienced players in this field, and he is still capable of playing elite golf. Reed has nine career tour wins, including at windy venues like Doral and Kapalua, and his most recent was January's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He had 14 top-25 finishes last season, with six of those in the top 10.    

The golf guru also is intrigued by Pereira, who became just the 12th player on the Korn Ferry Tour to earn the automatic three-win promotion. The Chilean won in Bogota, Colombia, and had back-to-back victories in the Carolinas last season. He also tied for fourth at the Olympics this summer after being eliminated on the third hole of the playoff for bronze. He finished third in his season debut at the Fortinet and is 39-under over the first three events of the season, with a T-31 and T-40.

How to make 2021 Bermuda Championship golf picks

For this week's event in Bermuda, the golf expert is backing a huge long shot who comes in at well over 60-1. This veteran has had some big successes in windy conditions over the course of his career. And while his recent results haven't been notable, he has been known to win when least expected. He could pull off a shocking result, and anyone who backs this underdog could cash in huge. You can only see this Bermuda Championship pick and the rest of Johnson's PGA analysis at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2021 Bermuda Championship? Where do Patrick Reed and Mito Pereira finish? And which huge long-shot is a must-back? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard, picks and analysis for the 2021 Bermuda Championship, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and find out.

2021 Bermuda Championship odds, field, top contenders:

Matthew Fitzpatrick 14-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 16-1
Patrick Reed 22-1
Mito Pereira 25-1
Hayden Buckley 28-1
Matthias Schwab 35-1
Takumi Kanaya 35-1
Seamus Power 35-1
Sahith Theegala 35-1
Adam Hadwin 35-1
Patrick Rodgers 40-1
Taylor Pendrith 40-1
Danny Willett 40-1
Chad Ramey 40-1
Guido Migliozzi 40-1
Denny McCarthy 40-1
Scott Stallings 45-1
Thomas Detry 45-1
Russell Knox 45-1
Garrick Higgo 45-1
David Lipsky 45-1
Ryan Armour 45-1
Stephan Jaeger 45-1
Joseph Bramlett 50-1
Peter Uihlein 50-1
Alex Smalley 60-1
Dylan Frittelli 60-1
Nick Watney 60-1
Mark Hubbard 60-1
Nick Hardy 60-1
Hank Lebioda 60-1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 66-1
Nick Taylor 66-1
Lucas Herbert 66-1
Matthew NeSmith 66-1
Harry Hall 66-1
Aaron Rai 66-1
Austin Eckroar 70-1
Jason Dufner 70-1
Brian Gay 70-1
Kramer Hickok 70-1
Peter Malnati 70-1
Bo Hoag 80-1
Anirban Lahiri 80-1
Graeme McDowell 80-1
Sepp Straka 80-1
Ludvig Aberg 80-1
Brian Stuard 80-1
Beau Hossler 80-1
Greyson Sigg 80-1
Lee Hodges 80-1
Brandon Hagy 80-1
Davis Riley 90-1
Dawie Van Der Walt 90-1
David Hearn 90-1
Camilo Villegas 90-1
Kurt Kitayama 100-1
Seth Reeves 100-1
Cameron Percy 100-1
Adam Svensson 100-1
Vincent Whaley 100-1
Brandon Wu 125-1
Michael Gligic 125-1
Dylan Wu 125-1
Paul Barjon 125-1
Austin Cook 125-1
Luke Donald 125-1
Sean O'Hair 150-1
Max McGreevy 150-1
Jim Knous 150-1
Andrew Novak 150-1
David Skinns 150-1
Patrick Flavin 150-1
Danny Lee 150-1
Austin Smotherman 150-1
Vaughn Taylor 150-1
Justin Lower 150-1
Chase Seiffert 150-1
Erik Barnes 200-1
Scott Gutschewski 200-1
Ben Kohles 200-1
Fabian Gomez 200-1
Ben Martin 200-1
Sangmoon Bae 200-1
J.J. Spaun 200-1
Kyle Wilshire 250-1
Callum Tarren 250-1
John Pak 250-1
Bo Van Pelt 250-1
Ben Crane 250-1
Johnson Wagner 250-1
Scott Brown 250-1
David Lingmerth 250-1