Top 20 Fantasy Golfers for 2013 Tampa Bay Championship
Top 20 Fantasy Golfers for TB Championship
Tournament: Tampa Bay Championship
Location: Innisbrook Resort – Copperhead – Palm Harbor, Fla.
Date: March 14-17, 2013
Past Winners: Luke Donald (2012), Gay Woodland (2011), Jim Furyk (2010), Retief Goosen (2009), Sean O’Hair (2008), Mark Calcavecchia (2007), K. J. Choi (2006), Carl Pettersson (2005), Vijay Singh (2004), Retief Goosen (2003), K. J. Choi (2002), John Huston (2000)
The tournament was originally called the Tampa Bay Classic. It was later renamed the Transitions Championship and this will be the first year that it is called the Tampa Bay Championship. It has never drawn a star-studded field, but is still big enough to attract the interest of fantasy golf fans.
There may not be many superstars at the tournament as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker are all at home this week, but there are still some sneaky picks to watch for this week.
Retief Goosen and K. J. Choi have both won the tournament twice throughout their careers. Both golfers will be attending the event and will no doubt be popular selections.
The hardest stretch of the course is aptly named the Snake Pit. It runs from holes 16 to 18 and includes two par fours and one tough par three. This turn will end up biting a couple pros, so keep an eye on those holes all week long.
To help you in your drafts this week, here are the top 20 fantasy golfers for the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship:
20. Harris English
Harris English – English hasn’t done well stateside this year, but he is always full of surprises.
19. Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge – BDJ finished fifth at Tampa in 2011 and will be a great sleeper pick this week.
18. Luke Guthrie
Luke Guthrie – Guthrie has finished inside the top-26 in four straight tournaments.
17. Ernie Els
Ernie Els – Els shot 12 under at the Transitions Championship last season.
16. Geoff Ogilvy
Geoff Ogilvy – Ogilvy has not cracked the top-15 in the last three years in Tampa. He will be a risky A-list player in Yahoo leagues this week.
15. Robert Garrigus
Robert Garrigus – Last year at the Transitions Championship, Garrigus lost the one-hole playoff to Luke Donald. Many fantasy owners will be overlooking him this week, so don’t let him slip too far.
14. Nick Watney
Nick Watney – Watney has always done well in Tampa, so expect another top-15 performance this weekend.
13. Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy – Piercy finished fifth last year, but missed the cut the two appearances before that. His past success will make him a popular pick this week. Just don’t reach too much for him.
12. Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen – Goosen has won twice in Tampa, but the 44-year-old is far past his prime. His track record will make him a low-end starter, just not a top-10.
11. Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen – Oosthuizen finished 20th in his only appearance at Innisbrook, but is having a career season. Expect the Oozie to crack the top-15 this year.
10. Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner – Dufner has finished under par in four straight appearances at this course, so expect another respectable performance for Duffman this week.
9. Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson – Thompson won the Honda Classic and finished eighth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The 27-year-old is playing beautifully right now and will be a worthy Group A selection.
8. Jason Day
Jason Day - Day has cracked the top-10 in three of his five 2013 PGA appearances.
7. Adam Scott
Adam Scott – Scott finished third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and will enter the tournament this week with a little extra confidence.
6. K. J. Choi
K. J. Choi – Choi has won here twice, but he has also missed the cut several times. The veteran will be the ultimate hit or miss golfer this weekend.
5. Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh – Singh won here in 2004 with a course record of 18 strokes under par.
4. Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia – Garcia has finished inside the top-17 in three straight tourneys, so expect him to be on top of his game this week.
3. Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk – Furyk won at Innisbrook in 2010, placed 13th in 2011 and tied for second in 2012. Needless to say, he will be a popular pick this week.
2. Luke Donald
Luke Donald – Donald won the tournament in 2012 with a score of 12 under, but for some reason he is still being overlooked this week.
1. Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson – Simpson shot a 10 under at the Transitions in 2012. He enters this year playing the best golf of his life and will be the number one fantasy option this week in Tampa.
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