The PGA Tour moves from Ohio to South Carolina for the inaugural Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka will headline the one-time event, which is replacing the Canadian Open due to the country’s burdensome COVID regulations.
Joining DJ and Koepka in South Carolina will be a fairly weak field of contestants, including just five others who are ranked inside the world top 50.
As we do each week, here’s a rundown of facts and figures to get you prepped for the Palmetto Championship.
Tournament: Palmetto Championship
Dates: June 10-13, 2021
Where: Gillisonville, SC
Course: Congaree Golf Club
Distance: Par 71, 7685 yards
Architect: Tom Fazio
Field: 156 players, 36-hole cut
Winning Share: $1,314,000
FedExCup/OWGR Points: 500/38
Headliners: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter
How to Follow the Palmetto Championship
TELEVISION: Thu-Fri: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (GOLF); Sat-Sun: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (GOLF), 3-6 p.m. (CBS)
PGA TOUR LIVE: Thu-Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Groups); Sat-Sun: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Groups), 3-6 p.m. (Holes)
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PGA TOUR RADIO: Thu-Fri: 12-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 1-6 p.m.
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The Course: Congaree Golf Club
Situated on an historic 18th-century estate, and surrounded by over 2,000 acres of lakes and longleaf pine forests in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, architect Tom Fazio designed the championship course to fit in with its natural surroundings.
Prior to the development of Congaree into a golf course, it had long been an estate known by other names. Its earliest known date of existence is 1770, when John Hobard received a grant for 100 acres for services rendered to King George III.
From 1811 to 1828 it went through three different owners with Richard James Davant purchasing the estate from his father in law and changing the name to Davant Plantation. The original Greek Revival home was burned by order of Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1865 along with much of the rest of Gillisonville, SC during the Civil War. Only two auxiliary buildings survived.
Davant dismantled a much simpler, circa 1820 house that was located on a nearby plantation, which he also owned, and transferred it piece-by-piece to the site of his former home.
From 1938 to 1991 the property was transferred three more times, ultimately to Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Rutledge Moore. The Moores resided on the plantation year-round and operated it as a quail hunting preserve.
In 2014, an North Carolina developer under the name Davant Farming and Timber Company bought the property. The development became Congaree. From 2015 to 2017, the historic house was renovated and other facilities were added including a golf course.
Name: Congaree Golf Club
Locale: Gillisonville, SC
Par 3s: 4 (5, 7, 10, 14)
Par 4s: 11 (1, 3, 6, 8-9, 11, 13, 15-18)
Par 5s: 3 (2, 4, 12)
Length: 7,685 yards
Designed by: Tom Fazio
The Field: Overview
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka will headline the new event in South Carolina. They will be joined by seven other top-60 ranked players, including Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, and Ian Poulter.
Other familiar names include Sungjae Im, Kevin Kisner, Alex Noren, and Harold Varner III, among others.
Top-5 Betting Favorites
1. Brooks Koepka (8-1)
1. Dustin Johnson (8-1)
3. Tyrrell Hatton (14-1)
4. Matt Fitzpatrick (18-1)
5. Tommy Fleetwood (20-1)
The Field: Power Rankings
Outside of the big two, the field is not exceptionally strong, but it is deep in talent looking to triumph at an unfamiliar course.
The following are the top-5 we like the most to land in the winner’s circle:
1. Brooks Koepka
The world No. 8 arrives at Congaree possibly looking for some answers after Sunday struggles at the recent PGA Championship, where he was just one off the 54-hole lead… Brooks’ knee issues have made him difficult to predict, as his last nine starts have comprised four missed cuts and a T38, but also a win and two runner-ups.
World Rank: 8th
Odds To Win: 8-1
2. Dustin Johnson
The world No. 1 and proud South Carolina native has been in an unexplainable slump since February, with just one top 40(!) in his last six stroke-play starts. Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay have been able to escape recent funks by taking a title in a place they had enjoyed success before, and it is not difficult to see Johnson doing something similar this week.
World Rank: 1st
Odds To Win: 8-1
3. Tyrrell Hatton
Pushed out of the top 10 in the OWGR last week by Patrick Cantlay, Hatton has been a complete non-factor in the U.S. since the fall. He tends to run hot-and-cold, though, and playing a weaker field this week could help the elite shotmaker point his season into the right direction.
World Rank: 11th
Odds To Win: 14-1
4. Matt Fitzpatrick
The stars seemed to be aligning for the 26-year-old Englishman to contend at last week’s Memorial Tournament. We were absolutely dumbfounded when he missed the cut entirely, cancelling out his eight birdies in the first two rounds with nine bogeys and a double.
World Rank: 21st
Odds To Win: 18-1
5. Patton Kizzire
The 6-foot-5 Auburn product was a shocking dud at last week’s Memorial Tournament, missing the cut off the heels of consecutive T3s on Tour, and looking easily like his best self since his two-win 2018 season.
World Rank: 108th
Odds To Win: 40-1
Read Joel Cook’s Power Rankings…
The Field: How They Qualified For the Palmetto Championship
How the 156 players made it into the field this week for the inaugural Palmetto Championship at Congaree in South Carolina.
Winner: PGA/U.S. Open (2016-2020)
Winner: The Players Championship (2017-2021)
Si Woo Kim
Winner: The Masters Tournament (2016-2021)
Winner: WGC Events (2019-2021)
Winner: Invitational (2017-2021)
Jason Dufner (Memorial)
Tyrrell Hatton (API)
Tournament Winner in Past 2 Seasons
Cheng Tsung Pan
Ted Potter, Jr.
Career Money Exemption
Bo Van Pelt
Commissioner Exemption – 2 Foreign Players
PGA Section Champion\Player of the Year
Top 125 on Prior Season’s FedExCup Points List
Byeong Hun An
Harold Varner III
Top 125 (Prior Season Nonmember)
Erik van Rooyen
Sponsors Exemption: 2018/19 FEC/2019 KFT
Sponsors Exemption: Members not otherwise exempt
Sponsors Exemption: Unrestricted
Major Medical Extension
2018-19 Top 125 FEC/2019 Top Finishers Korn Ferry Tour
Rafa Cabrera Bello
126 – 150 Prior Season’s FEC Points List (Reordered)
Reorder Category – Cat. 34 thru 38
Richard S Johnson