The U.S. Open is rapidly approaching, but there is still one more event before heading to Torrey Pines. The tour heads to South Carolina for a new tournament in the Palmetto Championship. Normally, this is the RBC Canadian Open, but the COVID situation forced the tour to change the venue. Golfers get a new course to breakdown and a field full of players looking to bank some big money and FedEx Cup points. For an in-depth look at this Congaree Golf Club, make sure to check out all the PGA DFS and golf betting content available this week.
Last week, Patrick Cantlay took down the Memorial for the second time in his career, but that almost felt like the secondary story. The situation with Jon Rahm being forced to withdraw after Saturday’s round was as brutal of a beat as there has been in recent memory. For those who had him in One and Done and got $0, there is nothing to say except it doesn’t get worse than that. Let’s bounce back this week at the Palmetto Championship with some top PGA One and Done picks.
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What is a One and Done pool?
A One and Done pool has some similarities with NFL survivor pools except that you cannot be eliminated early for making a poor pick. Each week you have to select one golfer, and their prize money earned that week become your points. You cannot use the same player twice, just like an NFL survivor contest, so strategy and knowing when to save a top-tier player can make the difference. At the end of the season, the team with the most cumulative earning is in line for a big payoff. Your pool will pay several spots, depending on its size, similar to a GPP structure that we all know from PGA DFS.
The Memorial Recap
A made cut was about the only positive for Hovland last week. He got to the weekend and went backwards, ultimately finishing 47th for $26,000. With an easy-to-make tournament like The Memorial and the talent Hovland has, it was a disappointing result for anyone that went there. He gets a week off before the U.S. Open, where he once again will be in the conversation for One and Done.
Coming off a top-10 at a major, there was some buzz about Fowler last week. His putter was showing signs of life, so it was reasonable to make a case for him. He turned in a quality 11th-place finish, which netted $225,000. That is a solid number, but it was a week with top-tier talents on the first page of the leaderboard, so Fowler players may still have lost some ground to Cantlay and Collin Morikawa owners.
Cantlay benefited from the craziest withdrawal anyone will ever see. He banked $1.6 million, and his game is officially back after a string of missed cuts. Like most top players, Cantlay is taking the week off to prep for the major on the horizon. Expect Cantlay to be a popular choice at the U.S. Open.
Palmetto Championship PGA One and Done Picks
At the beginning of the season, no one planned on using Dustin Johnson at the Palmetto Championship. He was clearly a guy to save for major or other high-level tournaments, which creates an interesting situation. He sits in this weak field as the 8-1 favorite in the betting market, and most people will be looking for a lesser-known player in this event. That could be an interesting leverage point for those who are falling behind in One and Done leagues, and that means getting the best player available when not a lot of others are going there. Keep in mind, Johnson’s form is questionable at best, coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship.
Glover should be a popular play in both PGA DFS lineups and potentially even in One and done pools. Awesemo’s premium ownership projections have Glover sitting around 15% early in the week. Glover has ties to the course, and with there being so many unknowns, that’s going to interest a lot of people. He has made nine of his last 10 cuts, and the quality of field gives him a lot of additional upside. The biggest concern is overreaching for a guy who probably wouldn’t stand out much if he didn’t have ties to the course. That is an unquantifiable variable, so keep that in mind when potentially getting exposure to Glover this week.
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Nobody knows exactly how this course is going to play, but there have been some whispers of some links-style elements. That could help the Europeans in the field, and Hatton is built to handle a lot of different types of layouts. He seems to thrive on Bermuda greens, so the flat stick could be an asset in this spot. Hatton has made six of seven cuts, but the top-end finishes have been limited in recent months. Still, this is a PGA Tour winner who is on the short list of best players in this field and most likely is still available no matter the One and Done standings.
Palmetto Championship PGA One and Done Pick: Tyrrell Hatton
Hatton checks most of the boxes here. He is one of the better players in the field but still avoids a major opportunity cost. He has done well during the Florida swing in recent years, and this course seems similar to a lot of the layouts there. Hatton has plenty of experience with links courses, and his form has him cashing checks basically every time he tees it up.
The irons are still a strength of Hatton’s game, with him gaining on the approach basically every week no matter the result. With no clear direction in One and Done this week, it’s a good time to take Hatton, who has shown the ability to take down tournaments while still providing a solid floor each week.
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