Transitions Championship Update - March 19

INNISBROOK, Fla. – March 19, 2010 – Padraig Harrington fired a 6 under par 65 in the morning and his total score of 8 under 134 gave him a one-shot over five other veteran golfers on a star-filled midway leaderboard in the 2010 Transitions Championship.
 
The five at 7 under include two former winners on the Copperhead: defending champion Retief Goosen and 2005 winner Carl Pettersson, as well as Florida-bred Bubba Watson, veteran Steve Elkington and Jim Furyk.
 
Harrington, Furyk and Steve Stricker (at 6 under) are three of the top 10 players in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, and all are within two shots of the lead.
 
Another player who shot his way into contention was veteran David Toms who had the low round of the day – a scintillating 63 that offset his 74 on Thursday and put him in a tie for ninth at 5 under.  The 63 was one off the tournament record and lowest ever shot in a second round.
 
Justin Leonard also had a special moment on the Copperhead when he scored the fifth hole-in-one of his career and the fifth in tournament history.  He holed a 7-iron for the first-ever ace in PGA TOUR play on the 13th hole.
 
Although the Copperhead yielded a number of low scores Friday, it still proved difficult for many in the field and the cut to 86 players at plus 2 was one higher than last year.
 
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Saturday is Protect Your Skin, Protect Your Sight Day at the Transitions Championship.  Guests of the tournament can learn how to protect themselves from the sun and win a chance to star in a video vignette with a celebrity doctor from BeWell.com.  Erik Estrada will also be on the grounds issuing “Sightations” to fans not adequately protecting their eyes from the sun.
 
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The Transitions Championship continues to salute active and retired members of the military, offering them free admission.  Anyone with a military ID is also able to buy up to four tickets for accompanying guests at half price. These tickets can only be purchased at the MacDill AFB BX ticket office, AFB golf shop, local Coast Guard Stations, and the tournament office.  The Military Hospitality Area is behind the 16th green, and provides an exclusive viewing area with complimentary food and beverages for anyone with a military ID card plus one guest.
 
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Join Transitions and partner OneSight and bring your gently used eyeglasses to collection boxes located at all spectator entrances as well as in the Kids Zone and the Live Your Vision Pavilion.  Eyeglasses will be used as part of global outreach initiatives to provide free eye exams and recycled eyewear to thousands in need.
 
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Other notes:
  • Local favorites John Daly, Bob Heintz and John Huston all made the cut.  For Daly it was his third straight cut made this year, his longest streak in five years.
  • Woody Austin missed the cut for the first time in nine tournaments on the Copperhead.  Jonathan Byrd made the cut for the eighth time to tie Austin’s tournament record.
  • First round leader Garrett Willis followed his 65 with a 77 to end up at even par and tied for 41st.
  • Six of the tournament’s eight sponsor exemptions made the cut, although one of the two who did not was Ryo Ishikawa of Japan who followed his opening 83 with a 71.  His Japanese compatriot Yuta Ikeda, in the tournament on a commissioner’s foreign exemption did make the cut.
  • Among those making the cut at the number of 2 over par were Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover and Healthy Sight Ambassador Trevor Immelman.
  • Kenny Perry, also a Healthy Sight Ambassador, increased his stake to 33 consecutive made cuts, the longest current streak on the PGA TOUR.
Complete scores are here.  Tee times for Saturday are here.
 
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The Transitions Championship continues through Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, and includes 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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