Expert Picks: Transitions Championship

March 15, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
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Expert picks: Transitions Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
MARTIN KAYMER. I'm an idiot for leaving the hottest player on the board last week won't make the mistake of passing on the world's best player this week. Kaymer thrives on tough tracks like this one.
NICK WATNEY. I never like picking a player the week after a win, but Watney has finished in the top 10 every week that he's played, was fourth in Tampa a year ago and is about as relaxed as they come when it comes to handling victory.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Watney
ZACH JOHNSON. I've about had it. I had Kuchar two weeks ago. No top-10. Had Graeme last week. He struggled. Got to go against the grain this week. The good news: Zach's down-the-middle game is perfect for this course. If the wind blows, he's golden.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Watney
BUBBA WATSON. Assuming his health has returned after sitting out last week, I like Bubba's chances at this course. He finished two strokes off the lead here last year and currently ranks first in driving and GIR on TOUR.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Bubba
VIJAY SINGH. Hasn't appeared at Innisbrook since 2007, but is a former champ who also has a runner-up finish on his resume. Singh's re-vamped putting stroke looks great and has him five top-30s in seven starts.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Watney
PADRAIG HARRINGTON. Here's hoping the luck of the Irish is with Harrington this week. He played well as he tied for 10th at Doral on Sunday and got over his weekend jinx. Maybe the pot of gold is at Innisbrook, where he tied for eighth last year.
If Ross had the top pick ... Watney
BILL HAAS. He finished T16 at this event last year, plus he's one of the hottest players on TOUR in 2011 with three top-10 finishes. I expect him to earn his third PGA TOUR victory this week.
If Deason had the top pick ... Watney
JONATHAN BYRD. Whether it's been played in March or October, Byrd has always been a factor at this event with 4 top 15 finishes, including a T8 last year. Looked more like the guy who won in Maui to start the season after that T10 last week at Doral.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Harrington
K.J. CHOI. He's won, finished second and tied for sixth at Innisbrook in four starts since 2006. Choi hasn't missed a cut since the Sony Open and tied for 7th last month on another very tough track at Riviera.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Kaymer
Standings after Week 10
LAST WEEK: No one on the panel found great success in Puerto Rico, but Mike McAllister hit the jackpot in Doral, notching the first victory of the season and further increasing his commanding lead.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
1 5 5 8 1717.38
2 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 4 6 6 862.90
3 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 7 638.58
4 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 5 5 482.49
5 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 3 5 482.32
6 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 2 7 470.54
7 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 2 6 428.87
8 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 2 3 5 422.58
9 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 3 5 399.40

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