Starts: 20th October 2022
Course: Congaree GC
Length: 7,655 yards
2021 Champion (Palmetto Championship) : Garrick Higgo
Designer: Tom Fazio
Used Since: 2021 (Palmetto Championship)
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Greens: Bermuda grass
Water Hazards: In-play on 10 holes.
Par 5's: 2nd, 4th and 12th
Premium on: Tee to Green
This course was used to host the 2021 Palmetto Championship. It has never been used to host a CJ Cup.
Fazio designed this course to be like the Sandbelt courses in Australia. This means that there is no rough but plenty of sand!
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals, Jon Rahm was case in point last week.
Dry all four days but high winds on Saturday should cause problems for the players.
Partly cloudy, max winds 5mph.
Sunny, max winds 7mph.
Mostly Sunny/Windy. max winds of 22mph.
Partly cloudy, max winds 12mph.
Five of the top 10 on the Palmetto Championship leaderboard were inside the top 10 in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green for the week. Despite Congaree’s length, only two players in the top 10 on the final leaderboard were inside the top 10 in driving distance for the week.
We have listed the stats for last year's top 7 below.
SG: Off The Tee
57-11-21-4-18-2-31 so not the key stat this week.
SG: Around The Green
SG: Tee to green
Some quotes from the 2021 Palmetto Championship to give us an insight into the course:
"It's a lot different this week. We have got a lot of rain in the area recently, as everybody in the area noticed, and this place is usually super firm, super fast, greens are very, very quick, and it's kind of what makes the place the way it is. So it's very different right now, soft conditions, greens are spinning a lot more, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if come Thursday it's firm and fast, but right now it's pretty soft, so we're getting ready for that." Bryson Nimmer
"Visually, I think it's great. Obviously, from chatting to a few guys at the start of this week, I know that they'd like the course to be a little bit firmer than it is. Unfortunately, you can't control the weather, and I think they've had quite a bit of rain the last week or so. Yeah, the course is pretty soft. I imagine scoring will be pretty good, and from my point of view, hoping that I can go out and play well, but I like what I see so far." Tyrrell Hatton
"I think it's just, it's very different in the sense that it's definitely a little bit more open off the tee. I think Bluffton, Hilton Head are very tree lined, definitely some different sight lines, you're always aiming at the big pine trees at the end of the fairways or a bunker or something like that. But out here it's kind of like a rolling design, everything's running off, you really have to be very particular with what you're aiming at, kind of visualizing where the ball's going to land, where it's going to roll. It's just, it's a whole different beast and I'm excited to get to play it this week." Bryson Nimmer
“I played nine holes for the first time (Tuesday) and the fairways are generally wider compared to other golf courses. There is not much rough around the greens and I feel comfortable out here. I didn’t find any difficulties on the nine which I played and I think my game will do well here.” Sungjae Im
"I'm really excited about Congaree. I'm a professional ambassador there, so one of my favorite places to go practice, and I think guys are going to love it down there, as well." Kevin Kisner (quote fom 2021 RBC Heritage)
"I think guys are going to be in for rude awakening at Congaree in June, how hot and the sand gnats that will be on full-on attack down there. Hopefully we can steer clear of the afternoon thunderstorm that is regularly predictable that time of year and have some really great conditions for golf and hopefully steer away from 110-degree heat indexes." Kevin Kisner (quote fom 2021 RBC Heritage)
"I don't know exactly if I'm going to play Congaree, but I've talked to a few players this week, and they all said it's really great, really tough, which I always like." Webb Simpson (quote fom 2021 RBC Heritage)
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