Five Groups to Watch at Transitions Championship: A Fan's Look

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The tee times and groups are set for the Transitions Championship. The event begins on March 15 and features some strong players. It is true that names like Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson are nowhere to be found at this event. However, there are several other huge names ready to take a shot at a title. The groups at this event offer some exciting combinations to watch in the first couple of rounds.

Here is a look at the most notable groups at the Transitions Championship:

Luke Donald, Justin Rose, and K.J. Choi

Rose is coming off of a victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He clearly has momentum and will be among the contenders here. Donald is looking to build momentum after a slow start to the 2012 season. He is the No. 2 player in the world and will be a factor. Choi, the 2011 Players Champion, is always a contender as well.

Jason Day, Ernie Els, and Matt Kuchar

Els is a three-time major winner, yet he might be the least likely contender in this group. Day is ranked in the top 10 but is still seeking his first PGA win since 2010. That could come here. Kuchar has been playing strong golf lately but is also seeking his first PGA win since 2010.

Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, and Sergio Garcia

Schwartzel won the Masters in 2011 and is the most recent major champion in the field. He has been busy so far this season and looks to be in great shape. Garcia has to start playing well if he hopes to break through at a major this year. Snedeker already has a victory in 2012 and could easily earn a second one if he plays up to his ability.

Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland, and Scott Stallings

After nearly winning the money title in 2011, things have been quiet for Simpson. But a guy like that will break out sooner or later. He finished second at this event in 2011. The man that beat him was Woodland and both are in the same group. He is seeking his first title since last year's event. Stallings earned his most recent victory in 2011 and could be a threat here.

Lucas Glover, Vijay Singh, and Retief Goosen

This group features three major winners. That alone makes it worth watching. Glover won the U.S. Open in 2009 and is seeking his fourth PGA win. Goosen is a two-time U.S. Open winner and also earned a title at this event in 2009. Singh has 34 career PGA titles but hasn't won an event since 2008.

* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.

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