Transitions Championship Update - March 20

INNISBROOK, Fla. – March 20, 2010 – Veteran Jim Furyk, who has remained in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking despite not winning a PGA TOUR® event since 2007, shot a 4-under-par 67 on Saturday to break out of a bunched pack and take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Transitions Championship.
 
The final round was moved up slightly by the PGA TOUR to avoid a possible conflict with inclement weather.  Sunday’s tee times begin at 7:45 a.m. as the competitors go off the first and 10th tees.  Play is scheduled to be completed around 3 p.m., with the final group going off at 9:45 a.m.
 
And what a final group it is:  Furyk, the winner of 13 PGA TOUR events, will be paired with K.J. Choi (2002 and ’06) and Retief Goosen (2004 and ’09), the two golfers who own multiple victories on the Copperhead.
 
Choi and Goosen are joined at 8-under 205 by Carl Pettersson, another winner on the Copperhead (2006), and Bubba Watson. 
 
Second-round leader Padraig Harrington bogeyed the last hole for a 72 and is four shots back at 206, along with Jeff Maggert and Luke Donald.
 
There were a trio of 65s on Saturday as Webb Simpson, Nick Watney and Geoff Ogilvy rose up the ranks.  Ogilvy’s 65 was especially impressive as he thought he had missed the cut Friday, flew commercially to his home in Arizona and chartered a red-eye flight getting him back to Tampa around 5 a.m.
 
Ogilvy is seven shots off Furyk’s pace at 4-under.
 
Scores for Saturday can be found here, and tee times are here.
 
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Sunday is Healthy Lifestyles in Sight Day.  BayCare Health System will be on site to provide overall healthy living tips, diabetes screenings, healthy snack demonstrations and information about the connection between healthy sight and healthy lifestyles.
 
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Other notes:
  • Jim Furyk’s three-shot lead is the second-biggest 54-hole lead, trailing only K.J. CHOI in 2002.  Choi went on to a seven-shot win.
  • Furyk and Choi are the only golfers to shoot in the 60s in all three rounds.  The last champion with four rounds in the 60s was VIJAY SINGH in 2004.
  • Furyk has gone 59 starts without a victory since winning the 2007 Canadian Open.
  • The Snake Pit has a battle for toughest hole on the course going on.  The 16th and 18th holes go into Sunday tied at .23 shots over par.  The 16th is traditionally one of the two toughest holes on the course, but the 18th has bared its fangs this week.
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The Transitions Championship wraps up tomorrow, 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 at the gate.
 

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