World's Top-Ranked Player Luke Donald Among List Expected to Play Transitions Championship

Luke Donald, the top-ranked player in the world, and Matt Kuchar are among the names expected to join the usual stellar field for the 2012 Transitions Championship®, a field that will include defending champion Gary Woodland.

Donald has publicly expressed his intention to participate after a one-year absence. He finished sixth in his last visit to the Copperhead in 2010.

Kuchar, who last played in the Transitions Championship in 2009, finished sixth on the PGA TOUR's official money list last year and teamed with Woodland to win the WGC World Cup in China in November.


With the addition of Donald and Kuchar, the Transitions Championship field (based on tentative commitments) is expected to include seven of the top 10 players on last year's Money List. They are #1 Donald, #2 Webb Simpson, #3 Nick Watney, #4 K.J. Choi, #6 Kuchar, #9 Jason Day and #10 David Toms.

Other notables include past Transitions Championship winners Jim Furyk (2010), Retief Goosen (2009 & 2003), Sean O'Hair (2008) and Carl Pettersson (2005). Choi (mentioned above) won twice on the Copperhead Course - in 2002 and 2006. 

Japanese sensation Ryo Ishikawa is scheduled to compete in the Transitions Championship for the fourth straight year, as will crowd favorite John Daly. 

Brandt Snedeker, Mark Wilson and Johnson Wagner - all winners of events already in 2012 - are also committed. Other popular favorites expected to play include Trevor Immelman, Kenny Perry, Justin Leonard, Padraig Harrington, Chris DiMarco, Charles Howell III, Jonathan Byrd, Scott Stallings, Heath Slocum and locally based golfers Ryuji Imada and Michael Bradley.

This is only a preliminary list as PGA TOUR players have until the Friday before the tournament to commit and the Transitions Championship has not extended all of its sponsor's invitations.  Follow the tournament on Twitter (@TransChamp) or at TransitionsChampionship.com for field updates.

CALLAWAY MILLION DOLLAR HOLE IN ONE CHALLENGE RETURNS

The Transitions Championship® and Callaway will again team for the Callaway Hole in One Challenge, a grassroots initiative that proved very popular last year. The program rewards area golfers who achieve golf's greatest thrill - a hole in one - between February 20 and March 4.

With the help of the West Central Florida Chapter of the PGA, any amateur golfer who makes a hole in one on one of nearly 100 participating Tampa Bay area courses during this timeframe will be eligible to compete for $1 million on Saturday, March 17, at the Transitions Championship.

Every amateur golfer who scores a hole in one in that time span will be the tournament's guest that day. If necessary, there will be a competition on the Osprey driving range to narrow the number of players to 16 finalists following the conclusion of Saturday's play. Each will get a chance to duplicate their hole in one at the 17th hole on the Copperhead in front of the crowd in the Hooters Owl's Nest. 

In addition, tournament patrons are encouraged to stop by the Callaway exhibition area behind the 18th green on Thursday and Friday to take a swing. They can potentially earn a chance to participate in Saturday's event.

On Saturday, the first hole in one will win the million dollars. If no one makes a hole in one, they will still walk away with great prizes and memories.

TRANSITIONS OPTICAL TO SHOWCASE COMMITMENT

TO EDUCATION ABOUT QUALITY VISION

Transitions Optical utilizes the Transitions Championship® to showcase its continued commitment to education surrounding the importance of healthy, quality vision and its connection to sports performance, as well as enjoying life's everyday moments. Tournament week will kickoff with the "Think About Your Eyes Family Walk" and Transitions Optical will once again host the "Healthy Sight Village" behind the 18th green, which includes the "Think About Your Eyes Pavilion," where attendees engage in hands-on experiences, such as sports-vision demonstrations with the latest in adaptive eyewear specific to golf, meet-and-greets with select TOUR pros, health and wellness screenings, and much more.

During tournament week, nearly 2,000 students and teachers from several local elementary schools will be invited to the Transitions Championship "Youth Days" to learn about the connection between healthy sight and reading and learning, in addition to the many other sports-related activities they will participate in within the "Healthy Sight Village."

"We are excited about this year's Transitions Championship, as not only does this event bring world-class golf right here to the Tampa Bay area, but it also allows us to create unique spectator experiences to educate people of all ages about the simple steps they can take to protect and maintain healthy sight in their everyday lives," said Dave Cole, president of Transitions Optical. "Our partnership with the PGA TOUR, the Copperheads and Innisbrook, and the success we have achieved together these past few years, has given us new opportunities to reach consumers and establish a meaningful dialogue about this important issue."

TRANSITIONS CHAMPIONSHIP SALUTES THE MILITARY

The Transitions Championship® will welcome U.S. Armed Forces personnel to experience the PGA TOUR. The tournament will provide free admission to all active, reserve, National Guard and retired military service members and their dependents. A valid Common Access Card or Retired ID Card is required at the gate for admission.

In addition to admission, a special feature for the military is the return of the Pinch-A-Penny Military Appreciation Tent adjacent to the 16th green. Access to this hospitality venue is available on a first-come, first-served basis, for all with a recognized Military ID.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR THE 2012 TRANSITIONS CHAMPIONSHIP AT TRANSITIONSCHAMPIONSHIP.COM OR AT PUBLIX SUPERMARKETS

Fans can check out all of the great packages for 2012 Transitions Championship® tickets at TransitionsChampionship.com. Click n' Print technology enables you to print your ticket right at home on your own printer.

Weekly and daily tickets are also available at Publix stores. 

Advanced ticket prices, including $30 for a daily ticket and $79 for a weekly booklet, are good through Sunday, March 12 - both at TransitionsChampionship.com and at Publix.  The at-the-gate price of $40 goes into effect at all outlets during the week of the tournament.  Tickets for the Hooters Owl's Nest at the 17th hole are available at TransitionsChampionship.com or at participating Hooters restaurants.

 

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