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PGA - Transitions Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 18th through Sunday, March 21st
SITE: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, FL
COURSE ARCHITECT: Larry Packard (1971)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,340
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 560 yds10 - Par 4 445 yds
2 - Par 4 435 yds11 - Par 5 575 yds
3 - Par 4 455 yds12 - Par 4 380 yds
4 - Par 3 195 yds13 - Par 3 200 yds
5 - Par 5 605 yds14 - Par 5 590 yds
6 - Par 4 465 yds15 - Par 3 215 yds
7 - Par 4 420 yds16 - Par 4 475 yds
8 - Par 3 235 yds17 - Par 3 215 yds
9 - Par 4 430 yds18 - Par 4 445 yds
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36 3,800 yds35 3,540 yds
 
Annual:  10th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Retief Goosen
Runner-Up:  Charles Howell III, Brett Quigley
Tournament Record:  266 (Vijay Singh, 2004)
54-Hole Record:  199 (K.J. Choi, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  131 (K.J. Choi, 2002)
Course Record:  62 (Jeff Sluman, 2004; Mark Calcavecchia, 2007)
Total Purse:  $5,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $972,000; 2nd Place - $583,200; 3rd Place - $367,200
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Retief Goosen276Charlie Wi278
Charles Howell III277Steve Flesch279
Brett Quigley277Stuart Appleby280
Mathew Goggin278Tom Lehman280
Steve Stricker278Kevin Na280
Bo Van Pelt280
 
Past Transitions Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Retief Goosen (276) -- Charles Howell III, Brett Quigley
2008Sean O'Hair (280) -- Ryuji Imada, Troy Matteson, George McNeill,
John Senden, Stewart Cink, Billy Mayfair
2007Mark Calcavecchia (274) -- John Senden, Heath Slocum
2006K.J. Choi (271) -- Paul Goydos, Brett Wetterich
2005Carl Pettersson (275) -- Chad Campbell
2004Vijay Singh (266) -- Tommy Armour III, Jesper Parnevik
2003Retief Goosen (272) -- Vijay Singh
2002K.J. Choi (267) -- Glen Day
2001Not held due to the tragedies of September 11
2000John Huston (271) -- Carl Paulson
Note:Formerly called Tampa Bay Classic (2000-02),
Chrysler Championship (2003-06), PODS Championship (2007-08).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200020022003200420052006200720082009
Retief Goosen------WonT-20T-44mc---mcWon
Charles Howell IIImc---T-24T-50T-16mcT-6T-65T-2
Brett QuigleymcT-35T-24T-62mcmc---mcT-2
Steve Stricker---------mc------mcT-14T-4
Mathew GogginmcT-50mc---------mcT-14T-4
Charlie Wi------------------T-43T-23T-4
Stuart Appleby---------mcT-27T-31mcT-10T-8
Nick Watney---------------T-58T-48T-23T-12
Kenny PerryT-27---T-17T-8------T-19T-30T-17
Troy Matteson---------------T-9T-68T-2T-19
Stephen AmesT-51---T-9T-50T-27------T-52T-19
Trevor Immelman---------------T-44T-43T-65T-19
Heath Slocum---T-59mcmcT-44T-11T-2T-30T-33
Ryuji Imada---------------T-13mcT-2T-46
Brian GayT-33mcmcT-50mcT-9T-4mcT-46
John HustonWonT-13T-34T-44T-20mcmcmcT-52
Boo Weekley---T-22------------mcmcT-52
Jim Furyk---------mc------------T-52
Sean O'Hair------------T-10mcmcWonmc
Mark Calcavecchia------T-24T-44mcT-19WonT-14mc
Carl Pettersson------mcT-8WonmcmcT-23mc
Lucas Glover---------mcT-35T-31T-4T-52mc
Paul Goydosmcmc---------T-2T-27T-72mc
J.B. Holmes---------------wdT-8mcmc
Chris DiMarcoT-33---------------T-19mcmc
K.J. ChoimcWonT-40mcwdWonT-6---mc
Zach Johnson------------mcT-55T-14---mc
Adam Scott------------T-35mc------mc
Stewart Cink---T-41T-58mcT-3T-19---T-2---
Geoff Ogilvy------T-9T-20mc------T-10---
Vijay Singh------2ndWonmcT-19T-19------
Sergio Garcia------------------T-59------
Luke Donald---T-22T-58------------------
Padraig Harrington---------------------------
Robert Karlsson---------------------------
Ian Poulter---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Padraig Harrington
Darkhorse - Vijay Singh
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - CA Championship (Luke Donald) - Finished T-26
Last Week's Darkhorse - CA Championship (Oliver Wilson) - Finished 67th
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Puerto Rico (Bryce Molder) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Puerto Rico (Michael Connell) - Finished tied for 33rd
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour remains in Florida this week for the third of four consecutive weeks in the Sunshine State with the Transitions Championship in Tampa Bay. Ten of the top-20 players in the world are teeing it up this week, led by world No. 2 Steve Stricker. He is joined by Ian Poulter (6), Jim Furyk (9), Padraig Harrington (10), Geoff Ogilvy (13), Kenny Perry (16), Sergio Garcia (17), 2008 champion Sean O'Hair (18), defending champion Retief Goosen (19) and Stewart Cink (20).

Last year, Goosen posted rounds of 69-68-69-70 for a one-stroke win over Charles Howell III and Brett Quigley at this event. Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, completed his seventh PGA Tour win at eight-under-par 276. It was the second time Goosen won this title, having also hoisted the trophy in 2003. The victory was his first on the PGA Tour since the 2005 International.

Goosen carded his lone birdie of the final round on the par-four ninth, where he chipped in to move to minus-seven. Goosen jumped into the lead at nine- under as he drained a 17-foot eagle putt on the par-five 11th. Goosen parred four in a row from the 12th and his lead moved to two during that span. He stumbled to a bogey on the 16th as his cushion dipped to one. Goosen got up and down for par from the right rough on 17, then calmly two-putted for par at the last to secure his second win at this event.

In 2008, Sean O'Hair shot a two-under 69 in the final round to win this event, making two key back-nine birdies to wrap up his second PGA Tour victory. Nearly three years after he broke through as a rookie to win the 2005 John Deere Classic, O'Hair outplayed seasoned veterans Billy Mayfair and Cink with a solid final-round performance. O'Hair's four-under score is the highest winning score in tournament history.

In 2007, Mark Calcavecchia opened with a first-round 75, but still managed to come from behind and win this event. Calcavecchia added rounds of 67-62-70 to finish at 10-under-par 274 and win by one over John Senden and Heath Slocum. The third-round 62 tied the course record set by Jeff Sluman in 2004. The opening-round 75 by Calcavecchia was the highest first round by a winner since Sluman shot a 75 at the 1997 Tucson Chrysler Classic. Calcavecchia became the first American to win this event since John Huston won the inaugural tournament in 2000. He also became the oldest winner in event history at 46 years, eight months and 27 days.

When Choi won in 2002, he led wire-to-wire after opening with a 63, as he shot four rounds in the 60s. Choi, who had won earlier in 2002 in New Orleans, also registered 36-hole (131) and 54-hole (199) marks, en route to a seven-shot win over Glen Day. The Korean also became the second Asian-born player to win multiple events on the PGA Tour, joining Shigeki Maruyama of Japan.

In 2004, Vijay Singh fired a six-under 65 in the final round to cruise to victory at this event. He finished with an 18-under-par total of 266 and won by five over Tommy Armour III and Jesper Parnevik. The win was Singh's ninth of the 2004 season and the $900,000 first-prize check made him the first player in PGA Tour history to eclipse the $10 million mark in single-season earnings. Singh's 18-under-par 266 established a new tournament record, topping Choi's 2002 mark by a stroke.

This tournament was known as the Chrysler Championship from 2003-06 and was played in late October. The 2000 tournament marked the PGA Tour's first trip to the Tampa area since 1964. This course previously hosted the JCPenney Classic, an unofficial money event which featured two-player teams from the LPGA and PGA Tours from 1977-99. John Daly and Laura Davies were the last duo to win that event. Transitions Optical is the sponsor of the tournament.

Six of the nine players who have held at least a share of the lead heading into the final round have gone on to win - Choi (2002, 2006), Goosen (2003), Singh (2004), Carl Pettersson (2005) and Calcavecchia (2007). Only Carl Paulson (2000), Cink (2008) and Tom Lehman (2009) failed to close the deal.

The PGA Tour heads to Orlando next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where world No. 1 Tiger Woods has won the last two years. Woods will not be on hand to defend his title, as he will return to the PGA Tour for The Masters in April.

03/16 16:03:06 ET

As of March 16, 2010, at 04:03 PM ET