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Golf, rain and cup cakes

We’ve had the Bermuda PGA FedEx Cup here this weekend, golf for the uninitiated, which ended this afternoon at the Port Royal Golf Club, a beautiful setting out on the west end of the island.

This is the third year of the tournament with prize money of $6.5 million, and the winner gets an automatic Masters qualification. Bermuda is still hamstrung by lots of Covid restrictions so there was a fair few drops outs, but there was a decent field with the leaderboard changing throughout the four mostly rainy days.

High winds and intermittent rains battered the field all through today’s final round, where four players were within a shot of the lead on the final hole.

Australian Lucas Herbert made a birdie on the 18th after holing his approach shot to finish at 15-under and win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Herbert shot a round of a 2-under 69 to hold off clubhouse leaders American Patrick Reed and Kiwi Danny Lee.

To remind visitors that Bermuda is not a year-round sunshine destination the weather has been pretty awful this last week, but the best day was Friday, which was the day I was there to watch the players walk around a sparse crowd.

The attendance was limited to just 375 a day due to Covid, non-sensical when you think that a hundred people can be in a bar as long as groups don’t exceed 20 and you are 6ft apart from the next table but in a space of about 650 acres people were sprinkled around the undulating course.

I could have gone today and yesterday, but declined and watched it on the TV instead as my daughter and friend fed me newly iced Halloween cup cakes 🎃 instead.

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