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Palmetto Championship: Expert Picks

It’s Ian Poulter’s time to step up big.

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Tournament Information:

Palmetto Championship
Date: June 10th – 13th
Course: Congaree Golf Club
2020 Winner: N/A

Course

Congaree Golf Club – Established in 2018, Congaree was designed by Tom Fazio on a historic 18th century estate. At 7,685 yards and a par 71, it will not be easy. The course is tucked away and somewhat hard to find, but it has plenty of size, both in length and in generous fairways for the golfers. Tall pine trees surround the course for miles. There are some long bunkers that will line entire holes, and most of the greens are elevated, requiring good approach shots. Look for golfers who have strong iron play to excel here.

My Starting 4

Ian Poulter (second selection this year) – He has a handful of solid finishes in May and is good around the green (21st in strokes gained) not to mention 7th in strokes gained putting.

C.T. Pan (second selection this year) — CT did well at the Wells Fargo Championship and he has made three straight cuts. He is 63rd in strokes gained approaching the green and could fare well here.

Patton Kizzire (first selection this year) Patton is in a good spot in the season with two top 5 finishes in May at AT&T Byron Nelson and the Charles Schwab Challenge. He’s 49th in FedEx ranking and 51st in strokes gained approaching the green (not to mention 12th in strokes gained putting).

Dustin Johnson (fourth selection this year) – After a break, he and his big driver head to South Carolina. He’s 1st in OWGR and 19th in FedEx ranking.

My Bench 2

J.T. Poston (fourth selection this year) — Top 100 in OWGR and FedEx ranking, he’s 8th in strokes gained putting and he’s not too shabby at sand save.

Ben Martin (first selection this year) Ben fared well in May with a 11th place finish at Wells Fargo and a 26th place finish at AT&T Byron Nelson. He’s 37th in strokes gained putting and 89th in approaching the green.

Fun Fact: This is being played in lieu of the Canadian Open, which was cancelled this year.


2020-2021 Stats

(1st percent would be the top golfer picked every week)

Starting 4: average finish 38th (29th percent)
Bench 2: average finish 46th (35th percent)