PALM HARBOR, Fla. – For the first time since 2004, and just the second time ever, the reigning world No. 1 is playing the PGA Tour’s Tampa stop.
Martin Kaymer, who overtook Lee Westwood atop the World Golf Ranking three weeks ago when he made it to the final match at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, headlines this week’s field at the Transitions Championship.
The last No. 1 to play Innisbrook was Vijay Singh in 2004 when he won the last of nine Tour titles that season.
On Tuesday at Innisbrook Kaymer said his decision to play the Tampa stop was two-fold: “I heard the golf course set up well for me,” he said. “And I didn’t want to play the week before Augusta National. I’ve done that before and didn’t play well (at the Masters). I needed to change things up.”