Palmetto Championship Odds: Betting At A New Course And Event

A week before next week’s U.S. Open, and a weaker field overall will take to the challenge of Congaree Golf Club for a new course and event at the Palmetto Championship.

I chip-in an early preview for the Palmetto Championship with players, odds, course insight plus information you can bet on at TheLines and below.

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka head the field and are favorites less than 10/1, and of course Jon Rahm is out following his positive COVID-19 test last weekend while leading the Memorial Tournament by 6-shots.

The top players from the current world rankings in the 156-player field this week include:

  • Dustin Johnson (No. 1)
  • Brooks Koepka (7)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (10)
  • Matt Fitzpatrick (18)
  • Sungjae Im (25)
  • Harris English (26)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (32)



  • CourseCongaree Golf Club
  • Location: Ridgeland, South Carolina
  • Date: June 10-13
  • Par: 71 / Yardage 7,655
  • Purse: $7.3 Million / Winner $1.3 M
  • Fairways/Rough: Bermudagrass
  • Greens: Bermudagrass
  • TV: Golf Channel (Thurs-Sun) and CBS (Sat-Sun)

Ultra-prvate Congaree Golf Club was designed in 2017 by Tom Fazio. He describes the property as a low country version of his Shadow Creek design in Las Vegas, which hosted the CJ Cup on TOUR last fall.

The property and course features many large oak trees, longleaf pines and bottomland hardwood forests on the extensively re-shaped land. It’s a broad, tumbling course with racy turf and large basins of native sand that sweep up into the edges of fairways and greens with Melbourne-style bunkers. Playing to potentially more than 7,700 yards, the par 71 layout was built in the spirit of Heathland courses found in Britain or the sandbelt course in Australia. It has a natural look and lends itself to the ground game and plays very firm and fast. Scrambling and around the green play will be in play more as golfers hit chips from collection areas or putt up tightly-mown slopes.

A combination of brutish and risk-reward par-4s, and picturesque par-3 holes will be a fun challenge for the pros. But the 540-yard par-4 at hole No. 8 will be most difficult with a long carry over an expansive waste area and a longer approach shot to a raised green fronted by another vast expanse of sand. This may become one of the most difficult par-4s on the PGA TOUR this season.

Golfers to Watch

Stats and analysis on golfers at longer odds and dark horses to win and contend. See my updates at TheLines and also FanDuel.

Sungjae Im, Alex Noren, Lucas Glover, Harold Varner, Luke List, Jhonattan Vegas, J.T. Poston

J.T. Poston (+1000) has a strong stat model this week with a custom fit using SG: Tee-to-Green, Approach, Putting, Ball Striking, plus Opportunities Gained, 3-putt avoidance and distance proximity. His putting is a real strength, especially on very fast greens.

Jhonnatan Vegas (+8000) struggles on and around the greens, but his SG: Tee-to-Green, Ball Striking and Total strokes gained are top-10 over his last 36 rounds. Jhonattan had his best week of the season in SG:Around the Green in the Valspar Championship, and an exceptional week Tee-to-Green. If Jhonny could Putt or Chip, we’d be a cashing in Vegas more consistently.

Palmetto Championship

Fairway’s Favorites: Matt Fitzpatrick, Sungjae Im, Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren (+4000)
Fairway’s Longshots: Lucas Glover (+4300), Harold Varner (+5000), Luke List (+7500), J.T. Poston (+10000)

Tournament Match-ups: Pass on tournament match-ups this week. Sunjae Im (+120) is tempting vs Matt Fitzpatrick (BetMGM), but we like them both and we’ll pass.

Round 1 only match-up: J.T. Poston (-105) over Pat Perez (William Hill)

17-6 tournament match-ups in 2021.

Next week it’s the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla / San Diego, and you can check out the odds and insight with player profiles in my advance coverage.

Post tournament update: No tourney match-ups, and newcomer Garrick Higgo (50/1) won in his second PGA Tour start. One of our ‘Golfers to Watch’ Jhonattan Vegas finished T2 at 80/1 odds for a good payday if you bet top 5, 10 or even top 20. The rest of our longshots did poorly.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on Twitter: @FairwayJay