Three horses for tough courses at Innisbrook

March 14, 2012
Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Justin Rose likes tough golf courses and tends to play well in bunches. Case in point: In 2011, Rose had a three-tournament stretch where he finished in a tie for fifth, tie for third and a tie for 11th.

Tee times
Tee times for Luke Donald-Justin Rose-K.J. Choi are below. Click here for all tee times.

The first of those came here at the Transitions Championship, where Rose has finished in the top 15 three of the last four years (he didn't play the event in 2009), and this year he enters the week off a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and a tie for fifth at The Honda Classic the week before.

Rose, who is paired with Luke Donald and K.J. Choi the first two rounds at the Transitions, also has pretty good track record on tough venues, which Innisbrook certainly is with its closing holes annually ranking as some of the toughest on the PGA TOUR.

The same could be said of Luke Donald, who tied for sixth last week and tied for sixth here in 2010. In Doral, Donald played just five holes over par all week and was seventh in the field in greens in regulation and eighth in total birdies.

Donald-Rose-Choi tee times
Tee times for first two rounds for Luke Donald/Justin Rose/K.J. Choi.
Round 1
1:33 p.m. ET
No. 1 tee
Round 2
8:48 a.m. ET
No. 10 tee
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