kaymer, manaserro at transitions


World No.1 Martin Kaymer and 17-year-old Matteo Manassero have accepted exemptions to play in the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook, Tampa Bay.

The tournament also offered an exemption to Dubai winner Alvaro Quiros, one of golf’s longest hitters.

Mark Wilson, who is No.1 in the Fed Ex Cup standings and on the money list, will lead a field that includes defending champion Jim Furyk.

Other top Fed Ex Cup leaders to play include No.2 and last week’s winner Nick Watney, No.4 Rory Sabbatini, No.6 Bubba Watson and No.10 Jonathan Byrd.

The field has 18 players that have won major championships like Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy.

The Copperhead course is 7,340 yards and plays a par 71.  The No.5 hole is the longest on the course, a par 5 at 605 yards long where length and accuracy are needed to maneuver this one.  The No.13 is a par 3 that has a pond which will catch any shot short and to the right.  The No.16 hole is the most intimidating par 4 lined with water stretching the entire right side.

The event runs from Thursday March 17 through Sunday March 20. The overall purse is $5,500,000

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