The Starter: Round 1, Transitions Championship

March 16, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The first round of the Transitions Championship is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

Groups we're watching:
Tee time Players  
8:48 a.m. ET
No. 1
Michael Bradley, Jonathan Byrd, Geoff Ogilvy
Bradley is an area resident and coming off the win in Puerto Rico; Byrd won the season opener at Kapalua.
8:48 a.m. ET
No. 10
Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer
This week's heavy-hitting Featured Group includes two 2011 TOUR winners and the World No. 1.
1:22 p.m. ET
No. 1
Zach Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Matteo Manassero
Very intriguing pair in New Breed vs. Establishment, the young star in the making against a star looking to rise again.
1:33 p.m. ET
No. 1
Mark Wilson, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh
Does Mark Wilson have a third win in him this season? Can Furyk or Singh find just one?
2:04 p.m. ET
No. 10
Kevin Na, Jason Dufner, Jamie Lovemark
Na has been feast or famine this year, two top-5s and three missed cuts. Could this week be Lovemark's big splash?
Round 1 weather forecast
Mostly sunny
Temp: 79 high/58 low
Mostly sunny with winds around 5-10 mph.
ShotLink player notes
Here are some of the players you'll see on the Golf Channel's coverage of Thursday's first round
Paul Casey returns to the Transitions Championship for the second time in his career, looking to improve on a T42 in 2008. Casey, who finished sixth in the final 2010 FedExCup standings, is currently No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking and won earlier this year on the European Tour at the Volvo Golf Champions.
Already a two-time winner in 2011 after claiming the Sony Open in Hawaii and Waste Management Phoenix Open, Mark Wilson arrives at the Transitions Championship leading the FedExCup standings. In six previous appearances, Wilsons best finish in the event was a T12 in 2009.
Oklahoma State University standout and 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein will make just his second PGA TOUR start and first at the Transitions Championship. He missed the cut at the 2006 Buick Championship.

STORYLINES FOR THURSDAY: • The defending FedExCup champion is looking to get the magic back at a place where he won last year. • Several players who have shown improvement lately may be ready to break through at Copperhead. • It's not to late to share your pick for the Transitions Championship with the world.