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Inaugural Palmetto Championship attracts 3 of world's top 10

No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson returns to his native South Carolina for PGA Tour's final event before U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

The PGA Tour’s inaugural Palmetto Championship at Congaree has attracted three of the top 10 players in the world, headlined by No. 1 Dustin Johnson in a South Carolina homecoming.

Johnson, a two-time major champion who was born and raised in Columbia and attended college at Coastal Carolina in Conway, will make his first start since he missed the cut three weeks ago at the PGA Championship. He will be joined by fellow American Brooks Koepka, who was No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and No. 10 Tyrrell Hatton of England.

The tournament, which begins Thursday at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, S.C., was a midseason addition to the PGA Tour’s 2020-21 schedule when the RBC Canadian Open was canceled because of COVID-19-related travel restrictions in Canada.

No. 18 Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, No. 25 Sungjae Im of South Korea and No. 26 Harris English of the U.S. also were entered. (For a look at the tournament field, click here.)

The winner of the $7.3 million event will receive $1.314 million, the PGA Tour announced.

The Palmetto Championship will serve as the final event before next week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines’ South Course in San Diego.

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