The Palmetto Championship tees off in South Carolina this week, with a few big stars headlining the groups. Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are the big names, but Tommy Fleetwood, Alexander Noren, and Tyrell Hatton are also in the mix. It is no surprise to see a lot of big names resting up as the U.S. Open is next week.
How The Course Sets Up
We are staying in South Carolina at the Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This is a new course, and there is no history here, but there sure is a ton of sand. It is a longer course, over 7,700 yards, created by Tom Fazio. Keeping it on the fairways is key as always, and with no rough, there is a lot of sand and marshlands for those who stray away from the fairway. It is a Bermuda green, where you can look for the better Bermuda green putters. It will be a hot and muggy event, with some possible rain due to the temperatures.
Dustin Johnson comes in as the favorite at +775, where Brooks Koepka follows at +850. Both are obviously big hitters off the tee and can do damage at this course if their putters are on their game, for Johnson, that hasn’t been the case of late where he is struggling. Koepka isn’t much for these types of tournaments, so the motivation might not be there, especially with the U.S. Open next week.
Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, and Matthew Fitzpatrick should be considered for this one, even with some up and down play at times. Hatton is at +1200, where Fleetwood is back at +2650. Hatton struggled with a T-38 finish at the Championship, but he’s putting has bailed him out often this season.
Harold Varner III is a name to keep an eye on, who is a strong tee-to-green player, which bodes well for this course. Varner is a better guy to finish top ten but is +3500 to win it all. This could be a tournament where we get a lesser-name hoisting a trophy on Sunday instead of one of the top favorites. Brent Snedeker is another name, who is +5500. He is rounding into form and is one of the more accurate players on tour.
If you want to play some course history based on prior Tom Fazio courses, Keith Mitchell has done well on longer courses. He won the Honda Classic in 2019. At +4500, he is a nice pivot away from a more popular Snedeker.