PGA-The Transitions Championship Preview and Picks
The PGAs orida Swing continues this as the players move to Palm Harbor to face the difficult Copperhead Course for the 2011 Transitions Championship. Jim Furyk bested the field last year and is back to defend his title against a solid field that includes last weeks winner Nick Watney and Worlds number one Martin Kaymer. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook is considered the toughest of courses that the PGA visits in Florida and presents the players with a far different set of challenges than a Doral. The course measures 7,340 yards at par-71 and ranked as the 13th most difficult in 2010 play. Players will be forced to make strategic tee shots to open up good looks at the greens and must avoid 70+ bunkers along the way. Water is in play on nine holes and the finishing three holes are among the toughest final three at any course in the PGA rotation. Previous winners here have all been good shotmakers with the irons and good with the short game, especially around the greens.
Here are my two picks to win this years tournament.Â Make sure to log-on to sportsbook.com too place your bets.
Nick Watney +1100
There is not much more to say about a player that in five starts has not finished worse than 9th and is coming off a win against the strongest field in golf. If you do need more, Watney is first in the all around stat category and is top-3 in birdie, scoring and putting averages to go along with a strong tee to green game. There really isnt any player that can boast a better start to this or really any season recently, so feel good in betting him anywhere you can, at least until he finishes outside the top-10.
Bubba Watson +2800
The longest driver on Tour this year has also been hitting enough fairways to be 10th in the total driving category and comes into the week ranked 1st in greens in regulation. That has been good enough for the 4th best birdie average and has produced a win at the Farmers and a 4th at the Accenture Match Play. Watson was 3rd here last year proving that you can contend at Innisbrook with the longball and if he can limit his mistakes, hell be right back near the top this week.
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