Betting Tips for 10th to 13th June 2021
The PGA Tour has done a remarkable job of putting together a schedule that is as normal as possible this season. It’s just not possible to play every tournament as originally planned though so this week we have the Palmetto Championship at Conagree filling the void left by the Canadian Open.
This is the second time that the PGA Tour has visited South Carolina this season (the third if you count the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island). Like the first visit at Harbour Town, the winner this week will need to be dialled in from tee to green. Approach play is likely to be what sets those who find themselves in contention apart from the rest of the field and the shorter hitters (by PGA Tour terms) will have a real chance to win.
Ian Poulter ranks just inside the top 200 for driving distance on the PGA Tour this season and just inside the top 150 for strokes gained off the tee. That hampers his chances of winning at many courses but maybe not this week. While his longer term stats for approach play aren’t anything to get excited about, he improved in that regard when last seen at the Charles Schwab Challenge. If that continues, his excellent putting should see him take several chances and put together a real challenge at decent odds of 35/1.
As an ambassador for Conagree Golf Club, Lucas Glover is more excited than most about this new tournament. Apart from a poor showing in his final round at the Memorial, Glover has been playing some good golf lately and he can use his course knowledge to reward each way backers at a tidy price of 45/1.
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2021: Garrick Higgo
The 2021 Palmetto Championship was a brand new event on the PGA Tour and it yielded a brand new winner as Garrick Higgo emerged from the pack to win by the slenderest of margins. The South African was in hot form having already won twice on the European Tour just a couple of months earlier and he took his game to a new level becoming the first player since 1988 to win one of his first two starts on the PGA Tour.
The 22 year old spoke positively about the state of his game before his tournament began at Congaree but few took him seriously given his lack of experience at this level. It was he who looked like the chiselled professional when the pressure was turned on though. As he kept himself steady at the business end of the tournament, players with more experience faltered. They included Chesson Hadley who had a glorious chance to win but squandered a four-shot lead and ended up tying for second with Tyrrell Hatton, Doc Redman, Hudson Swafford, Bo Van Pelt and Jhonattan Vegas.
As disappointing as Hadley’s collapse was, Higgo deserves full credit for the way he maintained his belief having started his round six shots behind the leader. He looked a composed figure throughout what will surely be the first of many more victorious Sundays.