Transitions Championship Update - March 16

INNISBROOK, Fla. – March 16, 2010 – Pros continued to arrive at Innisbrook on Tuesday for the Transitions Championship, many of them testing the Copperhead Course in a practice round.
 
Among those was Robert Karlsson, the 22nd player in the Official World Golf Rankings, and others – such as Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter – competing here for the first time.
 
Asked his impressions, Karlsson said, “Very, very good.  Definitely it’s a ball-striker’s golf course and you need to hit it well to have a chance to get a good score, and it’s good.”
 
Karlsson is among the players in this tournament sponsored by the manufacturer of the #1 recommended manufacturer of photochromic lenses worldwide, who have had vision issues.  Fluid behind the retina in his left eye cost him five months of action last year, but he has started strongly in 2010 with a win on the European Tour in Qatar.  “It’s been getting better and better all the time,” he says of his vision.
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The Transitions Championship Pro-Am will be held on Wednesday, featuring 52 of the top professionals in the field.  Pairings were determined Tuesday night and are attached. First tee time 7:45 a.m.
 
Wednesday will also be the second Youth Wellness Day of the week with nearly 1,000 local school children visiting the tournament.  They will receive eye screenings, enjoy golf clinics, participate in interactive activities in Healthy Sight Village, and have lunch and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
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There was some movement in the field as John Mallinger, Ryuji Imada, D.J. Trahan, Kevin Streelman and Jose Coceres withdrew.  Josh Teater, Joe Ogilvie, Blake Adams, Omar Uresti and Troy Merritt were elevated into the field from the alternate ranks.
 
Tee times for the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday were announced and are attached.
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The Transitions Championship continues through Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, and includes a week of tournament-related activities reinforcing the connection between healthy sight and an overall healthy lifestyle. Tickets are available at participating Publix Super Markets and www.transitionschampionship.com.

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