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The PGA Tour heads to South Carolina this week and it’s no surprise to see world number one Dustin Johnson listed as bookmakers’ favourite as he competes in his home state.
Brooks Koepka isn’t far behind at 17/2 as 158 players head to the Tom Fazio-designed Congaree Golf Club course in Ridgeland.
Steve Palmer is here to provide FST with all his golfing wisdom for this week’s event, as well as the Scandinavian Mixed in Gothenburg.
Palmetto Championship predictions & betting tips
Palmetto Championship course guide & where to watch
Course: Congaree Golf Club, Ridgeland, South Carolina
Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 8pm on Thursday
Palmetto Championship winners prediction: Tyrrel Hatton at 14/1
Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are jostling for favouritism at the head of the Palmetto Championship market, but neither of the American big guns make much betting appeal for this new PGA Tour event.
Johnson is teeing up in his home state of South Carolina, but he did the same in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last month and missed the cut.
The world number one missed the cut in the Masters in April, too, and his form since winning the Saudi International in February has been largely abysmal by his high standards. Congaree Golf Club – venue for the inaugural Palmetto – sets up well for Johnson. His backers will take a leap of faith, though, when it comes to his form.
Koepka has more recent birdies in the book – he finished second in the US PGA last time out – but he has been struggling to find full fitness in the wake of knee surgery.
Preference at the prices is for the fourth name in the betting – Tyrrell Hatton can upstage the home contingent and claim his second PGA Tour title.
Congaree is designed by Tom Fazio, who says another of his creations – Shadow Creek – is a similar layout. Hatton finished third at Shadow Creek in the CJ Cup in October and he could also take a shine to Congaree.
It looks like a ‘second-shot course’, with tough approaches from wide fairways, and Hatton’s laserlike irons should prove invaluable. He was fourth for strokes-gained-on-approach on the PGA Tour last season and is 11th in the same statistic this term.
Palmetto Championship outsider prediction: Keith Mitchell at 45/1
The main danger to Hatton may turn out to be Keith Mitchell, who has been swinging with great authority in recent weeks.
He finished third in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, another Fazio design, a month ago.
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