Dustin Johnson headlines this one-off event in his home state
The Palmetto Championship at Congaree is set for June 10-13 at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup for the final tune-up leading into next week's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Here's what our best Palmetto Championship at Congaree lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Dustin Johnson ($11,400)
Let's face it — DJ's been in a massive slump by his lofty standards. Since winning in Saudi Arabia in February, Johnson has missed the cut at two majors and has one top 10 in eight events. Those are shocking numbers for a guy who had been a top-5 machine for a while but whose biggest headlines over the last several weeks were becoming the first World No. 1 to miss the cut at consecutive majors since the 1990s and the fact that he once tried to bribe fiancee Paulina not to appear in Playboy. But the Palmetto Championship, a one-off substitute for the Canadian Open (canceled due to COVID concerns), could be just the tonic. The fact that it's a week before the U.S. Open — the major that requires the most intensive preparation — weakens this week's field a bit (although DJ clone Brooks Koepka is on hand), and the friendly home-state galleries should provide a boost. Length is a key at Congaree — there's a 645-yard par 5 at Congaree — and DJ has that in spades.
Kevin Kisner ($8,700)
When we checked Kisner's Wikipedia page, the first sentence (possibly written by Kisner himself) described him as a "putting savant." Not sure about that, but he is better than average (41st in SG: Putting). A recent spate of missed cuts gives us pause, but with no course history to go on, we're left to search for other indicators, and the South Carolina native provides us with another player who should be comfortable in the Low Country environs.
Brandt Snedeker ($8,400)
Don't look now, but Sneds has strung together a run of seven made cuts in his last eight events, with four top-17 finishes during that span. Statistically, he's still digging out of the hole he dug for himself with eight missed cuts in his first 14 starts of the season, but we love the current trendline. He can still putt lights-out, which is always the great equalizer.
Pat Perez ($7,700)
Perez is another player in rebuilding mode who has shown signs of life recently, making the weekend in seven of his last eight stops. A weak-field, pre-major stop presents a nice opportunity for a solid finish for a player like Perez, a three-time winner who is fighting for postseason position.
Padraig Harrington ($6,900)
Paddy posted a T4 at the PGA just up the coast at Kiawah, so Congaree should be a comfy spot for him to do more Ryder Cup research. Maybe we're putting too much stock in Harrington's throwback performance at the PGA, but he's clearly not ready for the ceremonial stage of his Hall of Fame career, even with his 50th birthday looming.
John Pak ($6,900)
The highly decorated Florida State Seminole makes his professional debut on a sponsor's exemption after winning the Ben Hogan Award and Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s top men’s collegiate golfer. Rookie flyers don't come with better credentials than Pak's. He posted a scoring average of 69.87 at FSU and was undefeated as a member of the 2019 Walker Cup team.
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