Dustin Johnson chips up to the sixth green on during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course Friday, May 21, 2021, in Kiawah Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
- The Palmetto Championship at Congaree in Gillisonville, SC tees off Thursday, June 10th
- Dustin Johnson is the slight +775 favorite over Brooks Koepka
- We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious and provided the best value bets below
After Patrick Cantlay defeated Collin Morikawa to win the Memorial Tournament, the PGA Tour heads Gillisonville, South Carolina for the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. This is a one-off event, which replaces the RBC Canadian Open that was canceled due to logistical challenges related to COVID-19.
Only six of the top-30 golfers in the world rankings are competing with next week’s US Open taking place in California at Torrey Pines. Dustin Johnson, who has been struggling with his game, and Brooks Koepka, who finished T-2nd at the PGA Championship in his most recent start, are the clear top-two golfers on the board.
This track is a par-71 layout that can reach up to nearly 7,700 yards designed by Tom Fazio. It was named by Golf Digest ‘best new private course’ of 2018. Without a ton of world class players competing, the odds are much shorter than they normally would be for top players, but it offers longshots the possibility to grab the win.
2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree Odds
|Golfers||Odds at DraftKings|
|Harold Varner III||+3500|
Odds as of June 7th
Branden Grace Trending Upwards
Branden Grace has contended in the last two tournaments where he’s made the weekend – last weekend’s Memorial Tournament, where he finished in fourth place, and the PGA Championship, where he was T-5 heading into the final round. Grace eyes his second triumph on the campaign, having already won the Puerto Rico Open.
In the last twelve rounds on Tour, Grace has been dialed in, ranking highly in several strokes gained categories.
Branden Grace’s Strokes Gained Stats In Last 12 Rounds
All facets of the South African are on point, as he’s ranked second in total strokes gained and his putting has been really solid.
Given the fact that he’s been squarely in the mix in his last two Sunday’s, his +2900 odds to win are enticing since there really isn’t much value to be had on the board this against the diluted field.
2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree Best Value Picks
- Brandt Snedeker (+6000): After a prolonged slump, Brandt Snedeker has seen his game resurface in the last two months. In that span, he’s made six straight cuts, with four top-20’s, including a T-4 at the Zurich Classic and a T-6 at the Valero Texas Open. Eleventh in total strokes gained, short game and putting on Tour in last 24 rounds.
- Doc Redman (+7500): The 23-year-old star in the making Doc Redman has quietly been solid of late, making five of six cuts, with a pair of top-20’s, highlighted by a T-9 at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He’s had a few brushes to breakthrough for his first PGA Tour title, notably a runner-up at 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic, a couple of third place finishes and a T-4 in 2020.
- J.T. Poston (+8500): Local product J.T. Poston hasn’t set the world ablaze, thus the long odds, but he has made three of his last five cuts, and is eighth in strokes gained putting. In the last 24 rounds, he’s also 15th in SG: short game and 27th in strokes gained off the tee. In a watered down field, some local knowledge might make a big difference, making Poston a worthwhile flier.
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