This is one week where everyone on the PGA Tour will be coming into an event and it will be a completely level playing field.
The reason? The Tour’s newest event, the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, will be held at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, SC, a course that is making its PGA Tour debut.
The tournament gets its chance in the spotlight because the usual event in this spot, the RBC Canadian Open, is on hiatus because of Covid-19 woes in Canada.
Hence the playing of the Palmetto Championship. It will be a one-year event.
Now, a few of the guys have played golf here, especially players who have deep ties to the area…players like world No 1 Dustin Johnson, Lucas Glover, Kevin Kisner, and a few others.
But for a majority of the field, their knowledge of South Carolina golf will be the times they teed it up at other area courses: the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head (won in 2021 by Stewart Cink) and the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island (won by Phil Mickelson in 2021.)
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New Event; Impressive Field
The PGA Tour may not have stopped at Congaree Golf Club before, but that’s not stopping the tournament from attracting a world-class field.
Johnson will be on hand along with Brooks Koepka, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and a host of other big-name players.
But for those wondering why some of the stars may not be teeing it up, the answer is easy: the U.S. Open.
That’s right, the PGA Tour’s third major is just a week away. Many players are working on fine-tuning their game before a trip to SoCal.
Where Do We Look For An Edge?
But before we hit the next major, we’ve got the tough task of picking a winner in a tournament with no previous results to fall back on.
But, we trudge on and look elsewhere for trends.
One trend is course knowledge. Look no further than Johnson at +775 in that aspect. He was born in South Carolina and went to college at Coastal Carolina. The last two events in South Carolina he was hit-or-miss. He was T-13 at the RBC Heritage Classic and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
But the biggest thing we’re looking at is the fact he will be looking to be hitting his stride heading into that third major.
And while Johnson is one of our picks and should be in contention come Sunday, we’re going to look a little deeper in the field to pick our top choice.
This May Be Another One For The Ages
With Cink (age 48) and Mickelson (now age 51) winning the previous two events in South Carolina, why not give a player getting up there in age a look.
We’re talking about another home-state favorite in Glover at +2900.
Sure he’s only 41 but he’s certainly not a young gun anymore. But that hasn’t stopped his game from showing signs of being in a good place.
In 2021 he’s been up-and-down to say the least. He’s got a couple of top 10s with a solo fourth at the Valero Texas Open and a T-8 at the recent Charles Schwab Challenge. Mix in a couple of MCs, a T-19, a T-33 and a T-48 and you’ve got quite the mixed bag.
But, there’s just something about being in favorable surroundings that piques our interest. Glover is an ambassador for the host golf course and has probably played this course more than anyone else in the field so we like his chances to win for the first time since the 2011 Wells Fargo Championship.
One For Those Looking For A Longshot
As if Glover’s odds weren’t long enough, we’re going to add in another one who has also played in the area plenty of times.
The only problem with this pick is we’re wary of recent success…or lack thereof.
Kisner at +4650 is another one who calls the area home and should feel comfortable this week.
But here’s the caveat: He’s not coming into the tournament with a ton of confidence. This being a home game for him helps and one good point is that he was second in the RSM Classic in late 2020 in South Carolina.
He’s coming off a T-40 at the Charles Schwab Challenge but before that event he had missed five straight cuts.
Comfortable playing here? Yes. Confidence playing here? That’s to be seen.