Golf Rankings for Transitions Championship
Gary Woodland [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #198
Woodland has yet to record a top-20 in five stoke play events this season, but is the defending champion at Copperhead. While his performance has not matched the level of play that allowed him to finish 10th in FedExCup regular season last year, the title defense will keep him rostered, and perhaps overvalued in many formats.
Since 2003, Byrd has competed in all nine events at Copperhead. In that time he has accumulated three top-10s, five top-15s and has not missed a cut. This season Byrd has been hot and cold with two top-10s and two missed cuts in five stoke play events.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #17
Last week's T60 would not have been nearly as bad if not for a octuple-bogey on the par-four third hold in the final round of play in which four of his shots found the water. Garcia is coming off a T15 at Copperhead last year, his best result in three career starts. Prior to last week's meltdown Garcia had compiled a pair of top-fives and had not finished worse than 12th in three worldwide stroke play events this year.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #35
Despite ranking as among the top players in the world, Day has failed to show it at this event. The Australian has played Copperhead each of the last four years, missing two cuts and failing to crack the top-50. Day got off to a slow start in his first Tour two events of 2012, but finished T20 last week.
Laird enters Copperhead with a T24 last week, his best result in a stroke play event since opening the year with a runner-up result in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and a T14 at the Humana Challenge. The Scot is second in birdie average and fourth in greens in regulation percentage.
K.J. Choi [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #70
Which version of Choi will show up this week? Since 2002, Choi has won at Copperhead twice, most recently in 2006, and finished as the runner-up in 2010. However, he's also missed two of the last three cuts, including last year. Choi opened the season with a T5, but has finished outside of the top 20 in his last three stroke play events.
Over his last six events, Wilson won the Humana Challenge, finished third in match play and picked up two more top-30 finishes along the way. Wilson finished a career-best T12 at Copperhead in 2009, but missed the cut in 2010 and T57 last year. Despite some erratic finishes this season, Wilson ranks 14th in All-Around Ranking and is fourth in FedExCup points.
John Huh [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #88
If the season were to end today it would be an impressive one for Huh. The rookie won the Mayakoba Golf Classic and has finished 12th or better in three of his six events this season, making each cut. Huh sits sixth in scoring average and ninth in All-Around Ranking.
English is another impressive rookie tackling Copperhead for the first time. Over his last five events he's collected three top-20s. English ranks eighth in greens in regulation percentage, 12th in birdie average and 18th in All-Around Ranking.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #80
Prior to a meltdown in the final round of The Honda Classic, Walker was working on another top-15 finish. In his four previous events he recorded one top-five and three top-10s this season. Walker finished T16 at Copperhead in 2010 but missed the cut last year.
D.A. Points [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #178
After opening the season with three straight top-12 finishes, Points saw his performance slide over the next three events until finishing T12 at The Honda Classic. Points skipped this event last year but finished T28 in 2010 and T27 in 2009.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27
After winning this event in 2010, Furyk finished T13 at Copperhead last year. Following a T11 at Riviera, the 2010 FedExCup Champion was bounced in the first round of match play and missed the cut at The Honda Classic. Consistency was an issue for Furyk last year, so this could just be more of the same.