PALM HARBOR, FL – Activities at the Transitions Championship were supposed to kick off early Sunday morning but the weather they were trying to avoid pushed the tee-times back from 7:45 am to 9:00 am. It was hoped that by having threesomes instead of pair and using homes one and ten to start the day would have everyone in the clubhouse by 3:30 pm. Now it is hoped 4:30 is a realistic goal.
That isn’t the half of it. Golfers will be dodging rain drops all day and there might be some question as to whether everyone can complete the fourth round as scheduled. Monday’s forecast is for a chance of showers early but clears later so there is an opening should the worst happen.
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Play was suspended at 11:02 am. The last groups did not make it off the tee.
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The revised schedule has the leaders, Jim Furyk (11-under 202), K.J. Choi (8-under 205) and Ratief Goosen (8-under 205) swinging away on the first tee at 10:55 am, weather permitting of course, with Bubba Watson (8-under 205), Carl Pettersson (8-under 205) and Luke Donald (7-under 206) firing away ten minutes earlier. At 10:34 another trio of hopefuls will take their turn as Jeff Maggert (7-under 206), second round leader Padraig Harrington (7-under 206) and Webb Simpson (6-under 207) take their turns.
All eyes will be on Jim Furyk to see if he can hold off the field with a three-stroke cushion for his 14th career TOUR title. He has been a model of consistency (67-68-67) through the first three rounds and has only one bogey over four which included a practice round.
This is the 14th time the 39-year old had held or shared the lead after 54-holes but only the first time since the 2007 Crown Plaza Invitational where he lost in a three-way playoff with Bernhard Langer and Rory Sabbatini. In the previous 13 he has logged six victories and five runner-up finishes.
The last time the West Chester, PA native registered a TOUR victory was in ’07 at the Canadian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments which is a span of 59 starts covering a span of two years and seven months.
>>> Of the eight leaders (Furyk, Choi, Goosen, Donald, Pettersson, Watson, Maggert and Harrington) the only one without a TOUR victory is southpaw Bubba Watson.
>>> John Daly has made the two cuts in this tournament and will start the day even-par, 11 strokes behind Jim Furyk. After missing the cut in his first three attempts, Daly has made three in a row.