2011 Transitions Championship Betting Odds

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With the Masters about a month away, many of the big name players are taking the week off. The PGA Tour never stops however, as a competitive field will tee up in Florida this week at the 2011 Transitions Championships at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. Jim Furyk is the defending champion having mastered the 7,340 yard course in 13 under par in 2010. The weather forecast is mixed for the event which starts on St. Patrick’s Day and ends on Sunday, March 20th.

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2011 Transitions Championship PGA Golf Preview

The field of 144 golfers mixes veterans and youngsters with what will make some interesting pairings over the four days. World number one Martin Kaymer is scheduled to play as is Padraig Harrington and defending champion Jim Furyk. 2011 winners in the field include Doral champion from last week Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, and two-time winner Mark Wilson. Former Transitions Championship winners set to play this week include Retief Goosen, Mark Calcavecchia, John Huston, John Daly and K.J. Choi. Among the other golfers in the field are veterans Andres Romero, Zach Johnson, David Duval, Fred Funk, Chris DeMarco, Justin Leonard, Vijay Singh and sure to be crowd favorite Rocco Mediate.

The Copperhead Course is part of a 72-hole complex at Innisbrook Resort. It features distinctive elevations unique to this part of Florida. The course begins with the opening hole a snaking, double dogleg par five that has an elevated green. It was rated the easiest hole in last year’s championship. The third hold has water in play off the tee. The final three holes are called the Snake Pit and the 16th is a fabulous par four dog leg which was rated the toughest hole in 2010. The 17th is a picturesque 215 yard par three with trees, bunkers and a narrow green. It is the hardest hole on the curse to birdie. The 18th hole is a 445 yard par four with bunkers in play and a tight fairway to an elevated green.

Best Bets for the 2011 Transitions Championship

The course favors the accurate player and Johnson can be one of the best on that type of venue. As a former Master’s winner, he has the right type of game and the mentality. Martin Kaymer must be included in any conversation regarding possible final pairings on Sunday. Even without Phil or Tiger, this is a tough field and a new champion may emerge from the groups of unknowns. However, Johnson and Kaymer are my favorite bets this week for the 2011 Transitions Championship.

A solid longshot could be Stewart Cink. If he charges early, he has the ability to hold onto his lead come Sunday to snag his first PGA tournament of 2011.

U.S. Handicappers:

Best odds:

Zach Johnson: Bodog.com at 66/1
Martin Kaymer: Sportsbook.com and Bodog.com at 10/1
Stewart Cink: Sportsbook.com at 60/1

Punters outside the U.S.:

Best odds:

Zach Johnson: Bet365.com at 80/1
Martin Kaymer: Bet365.com at 11/1
Stewart Cink: Sportsbook.com at 60/1

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