Best Bets for the 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree – Sleepers, Pick to Win, and More

| June 8, 2021 5:21 am PDT

For the third time since mid-April, the PGA Tour steers into South Carolina to host an event. This week’s festivities at the ultra-private Tom Fazio design are a “one-time thing” – the Palmetto Championship at Congaree is subbing for the RBC Canadian Open that’s set to return in 2022.

Ready to be unveiled to the public eye for the first time, Congaree Golf Club is a luxurious venue nestled into 3,200 acres of South Carolina Lowcountry. The beastly-par-71 layout features a couple of 500+ yard par 4s and a 645-yard par 5 – and that’s just on the front nine.

Let’s dive into my top picks for the Palmetto Championship.

Palmetto Championship at Congaree Sleeper Picks in 2021

The list of entries took a hit due to the US Open being scheduled next week on the other side of the country. Relatively speaking, this is a weak field playing a golf course that very few have played before.

Having said that, not every man in the field enters the week blind. One golfer, in particular, does have some experience at the secluded property in Ridgeland, SC. 

J.T. Poston (+12500)

Nothing about Poston’s recent game log hints that a good performance could be in store. One of the true sleeper picks for the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, J.T.’s missed three of his last six cuts and hasn’t posted a top-25 since THE PLAYERS in March.

On the bright side, Poston’s longtime swing coach, John McNeely, happens to be the executive program director for the Congaree Foundation.

J.T. won’t be learning the course on the go. He’s played here many times before and already has a game plan in place.

Ranked 8th in SG: Putting, Poston’s long game is slowly but surely starting to come around (27th in SG: Off-the-Tee over his last 24 measured rounds). 

Ben Martin (+6600)

Born in Greenwood, schooled at Clemson, now residing in Kiawah Island. Wouldn’t it be fitting for a true South Carolina native to hoist the hardware in Ridgeland?

Seven years removed from his lone PGA Tour victory (2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), Ben Martin is quietly rounding his game back into form. The 33-year-old posted a top-10 in Puntacana and arrives at Congaree with a bit of momentum.

Ben Martin’s Last Two Starts
Date Tournament Result
5/9/21 Wells Fargo Championship T11
5/16/21 AT&T Byron Nelson T26

3rd on tour putting inside 10’, Martin’s reliability extends beyond the flat stick. Ben has essentially eliminated the left side of the golf course (leads the PGA Tour in left rough tendency).

Top-20 Finish – Lucas Glover (+125)

Like Poston, Lucas Glover is one of the few PGA Tour pros associated with this week’s venue in some form or fashion. Glover happens to be one of the Professional Ambassadors for Congaree and is very familiar with the design.

“You hear so many things about places, and most of them don’t deliver. This one delivers.”

Coming off finishing 8th at the Charles Schwab Challenge and 37th at the Memorial, one of my Palmetto Championship at Congaree predictions is the 41-year-old Clemson product tallies a top-20. Despite being off with his irons at Muirfield Village (T64 in SG: Approach), Glover flashed a much-improved short game (2nd in SG: Around-the-Green) and looked fairly stable with his flat stick (14th in Putts Per GIR).

Matchup Bet – Rafa Cabrera Bello (+100) Over Pat Perez

Pat Perez has shown a bit of form as of late, but the reality is 45-year-old Scottsdale resident is pretty “hit or miss” at this stage of his career. His last top-10 was in September; he’s the 240th -ranked player in the world.

Cabrera Bello is far from a spry chicken at age 37, but he’s landed 37th or better in three straight starts and made the 6th-most birdies of anyone in the field last week at Jack’s Place. Rafa’s ranked 133rd globally and beaten Perez H2H in each of the last two events both were a part of.

Frankly, I’m not quite sure why Pat is favored in this matchup. In any case, I’ll be siding with the Spaniard at even money.  

2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree Pick to Win

Rounding out my Palmetto Championship at Congaree picks is an endorsement for Ian Poulter to win. Just make sure you shop his odds around the best golf betting sites first. After spotting “Poults” at +3300 in many places, I found the Englishman lurking at +4000 at BetOnline.

Perhaps one of the few golfers over 40 who can still win a major, we can no longer use “old age” as a deterrent when it comes to winning on the PGA Tour.

Golfers Over 40 to Win This Season on the PGA Tour
Player Tournament Won
Stewart Cink Safeway Open
Sergio Garcia Sanderson Farms Championship
Brian Gay Bermuda Championship
Matt Jones The Honda Classic
Stewart Cink RBC Heritage
Phil Mickelson PGA Championship

Ironically, each of the winners at the previous two stops in South Carolina was well over 40 (Cink, Mickelson).

Still incredibly stout from short-range (2nd in putting from inside 10’), Poulter trails only Patrick Reed in terms of overall putting average. Also worth noting, Ian made 18 birdies while gaining nearly four strokes on his approach shots his last time out (T3 at the Charles Schwab Challenge).

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