For a third week in a row, the PGA Tour will be hosted in Florida. This time, the golfers will be competing at the Transitions Championship from Tampa. However, with the first major just around the corner, there are some obvious competitors refraining from playing this week. Top ranked Rory McIlroy will not be participating, nor will third ranked Lee Westwood or fourth ranked Martin Kaymer. Tiger Woods is taking the week off as well, have come off an injury in the final round this past Sunday at Doral. On a positive note, Woods seems likely to play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week.
All is not for loss. There are still some very talented golfers in the mix. The favorite has to be Justin Rose who has been on fire the past couple of weeks. Florida has been good to the Englishmen in 2012 and he is coming fresh off a win at Doral. The world's second ranked player will also be participating in Luke Donald. The golfer has come off to somewhat of a tepid start, but will be looking for some momentum. There is only one more tournament after this before the Masters in Augusta and Donald will need to try and improve on past performances if he is to claim his first major victory.
Also of note participating in the tournament is American Zach Johnson. The always flamboyant John Daly will be sure to sport some vibrant pants and intrigue spectators. Mark Wilson, who has been under the radar for much of the career, has had a brilliant last couple of seasons with several wins on tour. He also placed third in the prestigious WGC Match Play event in Arizona earlier this season. Jim Furyk , Retief Goosen and Sean O'Hair are all past winners of the Transitions Championship and will be playing this week as well. Jim won the tournament only two years ago in 2010, when he also won the $10 million first place prize for the Fedex Cup. Goosen won in 2009 and will be looking to resolidify his position on the world stage. Sean claimed victory in 2008 and is also trying to climb his way back up in the sport.
I expect some very competitive golf this week in Tampa. Although some of the world's best are taking the week off, many golfers are still hungry and looking to make some big moves. May the best man win.
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