Martin Kaymer, #2 in the world, among 3 European Exemptions for Transitions Championship
The Transitions Championship® announced Tuesday that three of the most exciting players on the European Tour – Martin Kaymer, Alvaro Quiros and Matteo Manassero – will be in the field next month when the tournament tees off on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort. The announcement was made at the tournament’s annual media day.
Kaymer, from Germany, is the number two ranked player in the world having won four times since August, including the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The 26-year-old will be making his debut on the Copperhead and, if he maintains that ranking, is the highest-ranked player ever to participate in the Transitions Championship. A winner of 17 tournaments worldwide, including nine on the European Tour, he finished in the top 10 in each of the last three Major Championships in 2010.
Quiros, from Spain, has leaped to 21st in the current Official World Golf Rankings after his dramatic win last week at the Dubai Desert Classic. Quiros, one of the longest hitters in the world, has now won five times on the European Tour. Last year, he finished 11th in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He returns to the Copperhead after making the cut in the 2009 Transitions Championship.
Manassero, only 17 years of age, became the youngest winner in the history of the European Tour with his victory last October at the Castello Masters Costa Azahar. Manassero was also named the 2010 Sir Henry Cotton European Tour Rookie of the Year. Ranked 57th in the world, he is scheduled to compete in next week’s WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.
The combination of Manassero with Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, previously announced in the field, gives the Transitions Championship field the two highest-ranked players in the world under the age of 20.