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2020 Bermuda Championship: 3 Bermudians set to play

Local players will have the advantage of a home crowd, though limited to 500 per day, as the PGA Tour welcomes back spectators

3: Number of Bermudians in the field for the PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship, which begins today at Port Royal Golf Club in Southampton, Bermuda. Anthony Phipps, 27, a Florida native who is descended from a line of Bermuda residents, will be competing on a sponsor exemption in his first start on the PGA Tour. Camiko Smith, 35, earned his first start on the PGA Tour by winning the 2020 Bermuda PGA Championship. And Michael Sims, the 2005 Bermuda Open winner at Port Royal who missed the cut in his PGA Tour debut last year at the inaugural Bermuda Championship, also will be competing on a sponsor exemption. The local players will be the first competitors since the PGA Tour suspended play in early March because of the coronavirus pandemic to be able to respond to the cheers of a home crowd. The Bermuda Championship will be the Tour’s first event since the season restart in June to allow spectators. A maximum of 500 per day will be admitted. No players ranked among the top 40 in the world were entered in the Bermuda Championship, which had been scheduled to be played opposite the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai before the coronavirus pandemic prompted cancellation of the event in China. American Brendon Todd, who is No. 41 in the world, is the highest-ranked competitor (tee times).

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