Greetings fellow golf enthusiast and welcome to this weeks edition of the Fantasy Golf Sommelier for Bermuda Championship. You're beloved (yes I just referred to myself as beloved) FGS has been on a two week hiatus but I'm happy to be back this week despite a pretty damn weak field. That's not really unexpected though as this is what we'll see up until the Masters in a couple weeks. So we're in Bermuda this week which is a place I've never been but would love to go one day. I am slightly concerned about this Bermuda triangle thing I hear about because as some of you folks might know, I hate to fly, but I think a few stiff drinks before the trip could get me thru it. Speaking of stiff drinks, that's the topic of the week in the FGS as there's really not much to speak of as far as the wine scene in Bermuda. Also I just want to talk something else besides wine and it's my damn article so I can do what I want (sorry wine lovers, we'll get back to that soon enough).
Anyways, I was curious and looked up the most popular drink in Bermuda, and found out the "National" drink of Bermuda is something called the "Rum Swizzle". It's been said, according to Wikipedia (a trusted source mind you), that this drink is as much a part of Bermuda Island culture and cuisine as the Bermuda onion (who knew Bermuda was known for onions?), the vibrant Hibiscus, or the graceful Bermuda longtail (no idea what the hell that is). There are different variations of the drink but typically it's made with two types of Bermuda based Gosling's Rum, fruit juice that includes lemon or lime, orange and pineapple, and sweeteners like grenadine or falernum. You can also throw in some Angostura bitters and garnish with a little orange or pineapple. It's generally served shaken not stirred with ice. Sounds pretty good and refreshing right? I'm definitely going to try this sometime on my next island vacation, but what really peaked my interest was that there was actually a national drink of a country. Does every country have these? The only possible answer I concluded was yes, there has to be. So then I googled. And found out that many countries do. Of course, some of the countries have non alcoholic national drinks, but this is a drinking article so we're only going to focus on a few of these.
Do you know the national drink of our great Unites States of America? I immediately thought beer (stupid me), but it's actually Bourbon. That makes perfect sense though. Of course, the national drink of Scotland is Scotch. Another completely obvious one is Ireland's national drink is Guinness and Mexico's is Tequila. Some surprising ones for me though were that England's is Gin, and France's national drink is not wine, but something called Pastis. I'm sure we have a couple Canadian readers and their national drink is the Caesar, which is definitely something I can get behind as it's their version of the Bloody Mary, but made with Clamato (tomato juice mixed with Clam broth) instead of just tomato juice. I gotta say also, at least the Canadians have some creativity and the national drink isn't just straight bourbon like it is here. Damn we some simple people in the old USA! If the Tour Junkies had a national drink it would be Tito's mixed with almost anything. Rose' would definitely be a close second though that's for sure. I don't care what DB says about that either, it's just straight facts people! Finally, I'll leave you with this interesting fact. The world's most popular liquor is probably something you've never heard of. It's called Jinro Soju and it comes from South Korea. Apparently though only about 5% of their sales come from America, so basically that shit is hard to find but it's definitely now the bucket list for your esteemed FGS to try.
Ok, that's all I got this week so cheers, happy drinking, and let's get into some fine plays for the Bermuda Championship.
As always, we are going to use the classic Wine Spectator 100 point scale for the picks (think of it like a confidence factor):
- 95-100 Classic: a great wine
- 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
- 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
- 80-84 Good: a solid well-made wine
- 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
- 50-74 Not recommended (or a very shitty wine)
So, here we go, let’s stroll on down into the Sommeliers’ cellar of fine golf plays for the week…
Denny McCarthy - $9,500 – 96 Points
Old Chalk Bomb Ben had the gall to make Denny the bomb at the Sanderson Farms but Mr. McCarthy had other plans and finished T6 crushing Ben's smarty pants soul. Serves him right but I digress, Denny is a fantastic play in cash and GPP's and Cash games this week with his current form and overall play right now. McCarthy is in the top 15 in the field in Strokes Gained Approach and Ball Striking. He's also been extremely accurate off the tee (12th in the field) and the number one player in the field this week in historical butting on Bermuda. Lock our boy Denny in this week for your lineup pools.
Scott Piercy - $8,500 – 92 Points
Piercy has had his troubles on and off the course this year, but that all seems to be behind him and he's starting to play much better. Piercy finished top 20 in his last event at the Shriners in Vegas and his game is setup perfectly for this course. Scott is top 10 in the field in Ball Striking, Strokes Gained Approach, and Opportunities Gained, which we know will be important in the birdie fest we'll see again this week. He's also been very accurate off the tee. As with almost any player the putter will be key this week and if Piercy can roll the rock even slightly better than average against the field I think we could see a top 10 or even a chance at a win this week in Bermuda.
The $10 Wine Special | Priced like a sutter home, plays like a caymus!
Scott Stallings - $7,800 – 90 Points
Ok so maybe this isn't exactly a super cheap bottom shelf play. Stallings is more of second from the bottom shelf guy this week but either way I love him here at Port Royal. This being only the second year we've had a PGA Tour event in Bermuda means we don't have a ton of history, but Stallings did play last year and finished T18. His form has also been pretty good all year making 16 of 22 cuts with several top 10's including a T6 just a couple weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms. Stallings is checking boxes in Approach, Ball Striking and Opportunities Gained and I think he makes for an excellent low owned GPP play in your DraftKings lineups this week.
Beau Hossler - $6,900 – 88 Points
Ok folks you're going to have to just trust me here because I know I've whiffed on Ole Beau before but THIS time I think I've got it right! Beau has been really solid this year having made 17 of 26 cuts including his last 5 straight starts. Like Stallings, he also played here last year and finished in the top 25 so at least he does have some experience at Port Royal. The stats won't wow you other than being better than field average in Greens in Regulation and Driving Accuracy, but Bermuda is one of his best surfaces to putt on. At extremely low ownership I think the Hoss is a great play in your tournament lineups this week.
Pop the cork & let it breathe
Wesley Bryan $7,800 - 89 Points
Wes is the guy this week that I continually looked at while doing research for the show but just couldn't pull the trigger and mention. After further research though I think you definitely roll with him in DraftKings tournament lineups here in Bermuda. Since coming back from injury Bryan has been very solid, especially on the courses that fit his game like this week at Port Royal. He literally checks all the boxes this week when you look at his recent form in Approach, Ball Striking, Driving Accuracy, and he's a great putter on almost any surface. Wes is coming off a solid 12th place finish as well at the Sanderson so I think he's definitely in play for tournaments and even cash lineups this week in Bermuda.
boone's farm fade of the week
Brendon Todd - $11,100 - 79 Points
I'm a YUGE fan of Brendon. Such a great dude and a surprisingly great interview as well. That said, he's not a great play this week in my opinion. I just can't convince myself to play a high owned (I've seen projections as high as 18%) and premium priced Brendon Todd this week despite him lighting this place up last year. That was a great comeback story, but this week will be a let down I fear for him. Todd also really isn't in the best form and ranks near the bottom of the field right now in Ball Striking, Approach, and Greens in Regulation. Yes, he's a fantastic putter on Bermuda, but I say avoid Todd this week and drop down to the guys in the 9K range saving you some cash money.