Looking Forward to the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship

Innisbrook Copperhead Course: 16th hole

The 16th starts the “snake pit” and is a medium to long par 4 with water down right. The more water you can carry, the shorter your second shot.

This week the PGA Tour comes to one of the Tampa Bay area’s best golf courses, the Copperhead at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. Year in and year out this tournament draws a lot of big name golfers – not named Tiger, Phil or Rory.

Regardless, every year the Tampa Bay Championship features a solid field. Matt Kuchar will be here, this year’s WGC Match play champ, along with Luke Donald, last year’s champion and former #1. Also on hand will be  Webb Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner, several Ryder Cup players, and fan favorite, John Daly. I was fortunate to play the Copperhead Course back in August of 2012 and I’m excited to attend this year’s tournament to see how some of these top ranked players maneuver their way around this course.

I am interested to see how Luke, who may not be the longest hitter, but is the more accurate, plays the 3rd hole, aptly called “Narrow Neck,” and how Jason Dufner, known as a straight hitter, handles the “Sidewinder” 6th hole (one of my favorites – I made birdie here). How will John Daly , always one of the longest drivers of the golf ball, fare on the course’s second toughest hole, the long par five 14th known as “Packard’s Double Dogleg?” I also will be keeping a close eye on the “Snake Pit” – holes  16, 17 and 18 – considered by some to be the most difficult  finishing holes on the PGA Tour.

The weather’s supposed to be great and there’s no doubt that both Innisbrook Resort and the Copperhead Course will be in tip-top shape. I look forward to seeing some great golf on a great golf course. Check out my review of the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course for more course info. Tournament information can be found at tampabaychampionship.com.


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