Expert Picks: Transitions Championship

March 13, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same. The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week.
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Expert picks: Transitions Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
LUKE DONALD. The last -- and only -- time Donald played here he tied for sixth in 2010. He's also coming off a tie for sixth last week in Doral and appears to be rounding into form after a slow start to the season. What's NOT to like?
WEBB SIMPSON. Well, this feature isn't treating me too well in 2012. Mired in last place and my No. 1 draft pick (Phil) went nowhere last week, so hopefully Simpson will do much better. He was runner-up to Gary Woodland last year and T13 in 2010.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Simpson
JUSTIN ROSE. He looked solid and confident in his win at TPC Blue Monster, and there's no reason to think he won't have another stellar week at Innisbrook, where he's finished in the top 25 in his last five starts here.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Rose
BRANDT SNEDEKER. In six starts this year, Snedeker already has a playoff win and two other top-10s. Plus, he has a comfort zone at the Copperhead Course with two top-10s there, including a tie for fourth last year.
If Ross had the top pick ... Snedeker
CHARL SCHWARTZEL. I am never leaving this guy off the board ever again. He's clearly one of the five best players in the world, and he showed it last week at TPC Blue Monster. Even as some of his shots misfired, he holed putts from all corners of the greens.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Schwartzel
NICK WATNEY. It was tough to not take Kuchar in this spot, but I got burned last week for not taking Justin Rose again after a tough Honda finish. Don't want to make the same mistake with Watney after a poor opening 36 holes at TPC Blue Monster.
If Dunham had the top pick ... Watney
MATT KUCHAR. This is the first time I've ever picked the same player two weeks in a row, but he is coming off a top-10 finish at WGC-Cadillac. Last time he started at Transitions was in 2009, where he tied for 12th.
If Balionis had the top pick ... Schwartzel
PETER HANSON. In his last two starts in the U.S., the Swede reached the quarterfinals at the Accenture Match Play, then tied for fourth at Cadillac. He also was runner-up in Qatar earlier this year, and he's familiar with Innisbrook.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Schwartzel
ZACH JOHNSON. He's quietly had a solid start to the season, including a T8 at the Humana Challenge and T17s in two of his last three starts. Johnson, who tied for 20th at Transitions last year, is 21st on TOUR in Driving Accuracy this season.
If Deason had the top pick ... Schwartzel
K.J. CHOI. The reigning PLAYERS champion is always at his best on the most demanding courses, reflected by the quality of his eight career victories. Two of those have come on the Copperhead course, where the South Korean was also runner-up in 2010.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Simpson
Standings after Week 11
LAST WEEK: Amanda Balionis continues to have her stranglehold on the lead, but it was one of the rare weeks in 2012 where no one picked the winner:
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s MCs FedExCup points
1 Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
1 4 5 5 3 1244.25
2 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator
1 2 5 7 0 1212.24
3 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer
1 4 5 9 0 1163.25
4 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor
1 2 3 6 1 942.35
5 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator
1 2 3 7 1 926.58
6 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 1 3 4 2 747.00
7 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents
0 2 2 6 0 657.80
8 Anne Szeker
Site Producer
0 0 1 5 0 400.50
9 John Schwarb
Site Producer
0 1 1 5 2 369.25
10 Brian Wacker
Site Producer
0 1 2 2 2 331.21

The PGA TOUR travels to the Tampa area for the Transitions Championship this week. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders: