Transitions Championship Returns to Innisbrook

Retief Goosen won the 2009 Transitions ChampionshipExcitement is building for the 2010 Transitions Championship which will be held at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club from March 15-21. Tampa Bay’s PGA Tour event is expected to be bigger than ever in the second year with Transitions Optical as the title sponsor.

Retief Goosen and Sean O’Hair, both currently ranked in the top 20 in the world, are the last two winners of the tournament, which will again be nationally televised by NBC. Goosen is the defending champion.

“Last year, we had 12 of the top 14 players on the 2009 Official Money List,” said Tournament Director Gerald Goodman. “Lucas Glover and Y.E. Yang who won majors were with us, as was Kenny Perry who had such an exciting Masters.

“We never know our final field until shortly before the tournament, but the buzz I’m getting from talking with the pros is that we are going to have a great field this year,” Goodman added. “They love the course and the resort, and they were very impressed with the all-out commitment of Transitions in its first year.”

The largest crowds in tournament history flocked to the Copperhead Course in 2009, and with lower ticket prices in place for this year, they should be even larger.

Tickets are now on sale at nearly 200 Florida Gulf Coast area Publix locations and through Ticketmaster. Good-Any-One-Day tickets which were $40 last year are $30 in advance this year, or $50 at the gate. Weekly badges have been reduced to $79 from $99.

"We're especially excited because in addition to this year's lower ticket prices, we are planning more on-site activities for people of all ages," said Bob Banks, general chairman of the Copperheads, the local charitable group that sponsors the tournament. "When you include the fact that children 17 and under are admitted without charge, this is the perfect family event."
The tournament is also offering the Copperhead Pak which includes the opportunity to play the tournament course any week of the year except during the Transitions Championship. A $500 value, it includes two rounds of golf on the Copperhead (Sunday PM-Thursday), two Good-Any-One-Day tickets and a parking pass all for just $199.  For more information on the Copperhead Pak, log on to

Tickets are on sale at the customer service counters at Publix Super Markets without a service charge. Tickets are also on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets (Ticketmaster service charges apply), through or by calling 727-942-5566.


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