Copperheads can be dangerous, but Innisbrook Resort has been friendlier the last few times the PGA Tour visited for the Transitions Championships. After the bear trap and the blue monster, this week the pros will have to avoid the “Snake Pit.” The transitions has a decent field, although many of the stars are taking the week off. There’s plenty of good golfers to pick and there easily could be a new name atop the leaderboard like last year’s winner Gary Woodland.
Last week, Justin Rose edged Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy to tame the Blue Monster and take the WGC Cadillac Championship. In our Fantasy CPR group (details here), our week 1 winner “Boss of the Moss” claimed his second high-score of the week title with 168 points. My entry had 145 as I remained in 4th place in our group behind the 3 man runaway of Squatney Leather, MT Cup, and Tyrone Webb. I outscored the top 3 this last week but they’re still 100 point clear of the rest of us.
Here’s how I plan on closing that gap:
Webb Simpson-Simpson was runner-up last year at Innisbrook and t13 in 2010. He’s got two top 10’s already this year on tour and played well last week before a tough final round.
Luke Donald-Donald T6 last week at Doral and T6 is his only start at Copperhead 2 years ago. He doesn’t play a ton of US events and I’ve still got 10 starts of him, so I’ll roll one out this week.
Brandt Snedeker-Plays the Snake Pit well and had a nice bounce-back week after a tough round one while battling food poisoning last week. Sneds finished top 5 here last year and should have another good finish if he can continue his good form.
Justin Rose-Rose is almost too obvious after his great finish last week to win the Cadillac. He was coming off a T5 in the Honda, so he’s in great form. He’s also got a great track record at Copperhead with 5 top 25’s in 5 starts and a T5 last year.
Jason Day-Day typically does well on par 3’s (which are a big part of the layout here). Had 3 good rounds before struggling Sunday last year at the Transitions.
Gary Woodland-Don’t miss the former Jayhawk who has made all 5 cuts this year and will be defending his title at the Transitions. He’s been in the top 30 3 times but not the top 20 yet. Obviously, he can excel here since he won last year, and is someone to stash on your bench in case he’s back in the chase again on Sunday.
Charl Schwartzel-Another obvious pick, but hard to bet against him since he’s played so well lately internationally and has 2 top 5’s in the last 2 stroke-play PGA events. His scrambling is impeccable and that could be the key with the difficulty of the course.
Martin Laird-Laird seems to be around the leaderboard a lot lately. He has 4 top 25s and 2 top 10s in his 7 events so far this year. In the last 2 years he’s finished t5, and t28 so he knows his way around the course.