Power Rankings: Palmetto Championship at Congaree

Published 06/08/2021, 8:20 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Brooks Koepka stands on the fifteenth green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Gear up, golf fans. There is yet another event taking place this week besides the U.S. Open qualifying. We saw the conclusion of the Memorial Tournament last Sunday and it is now time for the inaugural Palmetto Championship at Congaree. So who are the top picks to win the one-off tournament? 

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The Palmetto Championship is making its debut on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately, this will be just a one-off event as the RBC Canadian Open will be back next year, hopefully. 

The field is set and 156 players will compete for the champion’s honors at Congaree Golf Club this year. Since there is no defending champion, everybody will play pressure-free and will try to enjoy their game at the Palmetto Championship. 

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Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, and a few other big names are a part of the field. Johnson is a major favorite to win the event since it is being played in his hometown – South Carolina. 

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Dustin Johnson tees off on the 6th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Top five picks to win the Palmetto Championship at Congaree

The Congaree Golf Club is the proud host of the Palmetto Championship. The par-71 course is hosting its maiden PGA Tour event, and the layout can pose plenty of challenges to the competing golfers. 

Here are the top picks to win the Palmetto Championship at Congaree:

5. Brooks Koepka: Koepka just came out of knee surgery and wowed everyone with a T2 finish at the 2021 PGA Championship. Seems like he’s free from the surgery troubles and is back to playing solid golf. Expected to perform well at Congaree.

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4. Alex Noren: Noren does not get the credit he deserves. The Swede has been one of the most consistent players this season and has made 15 cuts in 19 starts. Achieved a T13 finish at the Memorial and can certainly pose a challenge at the Palmetto Championship.

3. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick has recorded four Top 10 finishes in 15 starts this season. His tremendous striking and accurate putting has made him a major contender at the Palmetto Championship. Ranks second in the PGA Tour in putts made from 15-20′.

2. Dustin Johnson: The South Carolina native is expected to put on a show in his hometown. Johnson has not played well this season and the Palmetto Championship is the perfect opportunity to get his game back on track. 

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1. Ian Poulter: Ian Poulter is poised to find success at the Palmetto Championship due to the way the course is set up. Poulter can shape his shots well and putt with terrific accuracy. Ranks second in putts made per round on the PGA Tour. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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