The 2013 Tampa Bay Championship is scheduled for March 14-17 at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort. The event was previously known as the Transitions Championship. The defending champion is Luke Donald. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 Tampa Bay Championship.
*Subject to change
Tournament course: Copperhead (Par 71)
Yardage: 7340 (from PGATour.com)
Purse: $5,500,000 ($990,000 to winner)
Thursday March 14 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Friday March 15 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
Saturday March 16 - Round 3 - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
Sunday March 17 - Final Round - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 1 PM ET)
2. Dark Horse: Camilo Villegas. Since his victory at the 2010 Honda Classic, the Columbian star has literally fallen off the golfing map due to poor form. Despite his struggles, Villegas still manages to be among the tour leaders in greens in regulation. He was 4th in 2012 in that category and is in the top 10 this year. This tells us that his problems are his short game and a lack of confidence. All he needs is several good rounds in a row to start the process of returning to form. Villegas has shown some flashes of his former self this year, shooting three straight 67s at the Humana and a magnificent 64 at the Honda (only to shoot 77 the next day to miss the cut). Before his recent poor run, he has enjoyed great success in Florida. Could this be the event he will break out from his slump?
3. Player to Watch: K.J. Choi. No one in this field enjoys a better record at this tournament than the Korean star. He won this event two times and had several other Top-10s. However, Choi's form at this moment is mediocre. Once a regular contender on the PGA Tour, the Korean's game is no longer as formidable as it used to be. This was reflected in the results of his last two appearances here -- a missed cut in 2011 and a T46 in 2012. While Choi may not be the player he was, we can't rule him out as a contender for this championship considering his past successes here.
4. Top Favorites: 1. Jim Furyk | 2. Webb Simpson (Excellent record at this event -- T10 in 2012, runner-up in 2011 and T13 in 2010) | 3. Luke Donald (Defending champion & T6 in 2010, fantastic short game which will come handy on these tricky greens) | 4. Matt Kuchar (Always play well on Florida courses, keep the ball in the fairways) | 5. Jason Dufner (Very good from tee to green, ranks among leaders in greens in regulations).