Transition Championship Preview & Groups To Watch

3/15/2012 10:20:34 AM

The PGA Tour is at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida for the Transitions Championship. Gary Woodland (@garywoodland) looks to defend his 2011 title against six former Transitions champions and four of the top 10 players in the world.  


(Can Luke Donald earn his first victory of 2012 this week?)

 Luke Donald (@LukeDonald), the #2 ranked player in the world, is joined by Webb Simpson (6), Jason Day (7) and Charl Schwartzel (9) as players in the top 10 looking for their first win of 2012. Donald is coming off a 6th place finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship while Simpson (@webbsimpson1) and Schwartzel have each earned two top 10 finishes in 2012. 

Joining Woodland as former champions playing in this event are Vijay Singh (2004), Carl Petterson (2005), Sean O'Hair (2008), and Jim Furyk (2010). Two additional players in the field have won this event twice: K.J. Choi (2002 & 2006) and Retief Goosen (2003 & 2009). All will be looking for their first win of the 2012 season. 

Three Groups To Watch at the Transitions Championship

3. Matt Kuchar, Jason Day & Ernie Els: Kuchar is my pick to win this week. In five events he missed the top 25 only once and finished tied for 8th last week. We were all expecting big things from Jason Day but 2012 hasn't been kind to him so far, is this the week he cracks the top 10? Every time Els (@elsforautism) is in the field I enjoy watching him play. He's made the cut in all of his starts and I'd like to see him win one more time. 

2. Brandt Snedeker, Charl Schwartzel & Sergio Garcia: This looked like it could be the year of Sergio (@TheSergioGarcia) when he finished tied for 4th in his first event. Last week was a minor bump in the road where he finished tied for 60th. Now it's time to see how he can recover from a tough showing and maybe earn a victory. Schwartzel is reminding everyone his green jacket wasn't a mistake. The 9th ranked player in the world, he has finished in the top five in both stroke play starts this season. Brandt Snedeker has not cracked the top 10 since his win in January but there is a lot of golf left in 2012. He's a guy to watch every time he is in the field. 

1. Luke Donald, K.J. Choi & Justin Rose: The focus of 2012 was whether or not Donald would win a major. As the #2 ranked player in the world, we now just want to see him win. An impressive WGC event last week has him ready to go this week and headed into Augusta. Choi, a two time winner of this event, has only one top 10 finish in 2012 and that was a tie for 5th in week one. A familiar course could be the place he turns it around this season. Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) is off to a great start in 2012. A win last week was preceded by a 5th place finish at The Honda Classic and a 13th place finish at the Northern Trust Open. Winning back to back isn't easy but maybe Rose is ready to take his game to the next level. 

@WAMGolfs pick to win: Matt Kuchar 

Continue Reading on >