Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington in the Hunt for Transitions Championship

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy aren’t in the field at the Transitions Championship, but a solid lineup of stars took to the Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida, nonetheless. The tournament featured 18 of the World Golf Ranking’s 50 best players, and a few of the game’s biggest stars have risen to the top of the leaderboard through two rounds.

Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia, and Luke Donald are all within four shots of the leader, Jason Dufner, and the weekend figures to be action-packed at the Innisbrook Resort.

Harrington, a three-time major championship winner, fired an opening round 61, but Padraig gave a couple of strokes back to the field on Friday after only making one birdie on the round and taking 33 strokes with the flat blade. In contrast, Harrington made 10 birdies on Thursday and only needed 22 putts in a bogey-free round.

Luke Donald, on the other hand, has been a pillar of consistency heading into the weekend. The former World No. 1 fired a 67 and 68 for his first two rounds and he has hit 75% of the greens in regulation for the week.

Harrington is two strokes off Jason Dufner’s lead and Donald is sitting at three strokes back, and just off the first page of the leaderboard lingers “El Nino.” Sergio Garcia has also been incredibly consistent through two rounds, shooting a pair of matching 68′s and hitting 9-of-13 fairways on both days.

However, the leader through two rounds has taken consistency to an entirely different level. Dufner fired back-to-back 66′s and on Friday he hit every single fairway. He is also yet to make a bogey in the tournament.

A lot of the talk this week has centered around Tiger Woods and his injured left Achilles tendon, but the Transitions Championship is shaping up to be a solid tournament. That being said, the entire golf world is still looking directly to next week’s Bay Hill Invitational, where Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his final start before next month’s Masters.

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