PGA Tour Swings into Innisbrook this Weekend

More than 200 Countries will see live coverage on NBC & Golf Channel

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (March 14, 2012) - A stellar field of golf's elite is poised and ready to play on one of the most competitive courses in the country: the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. Known for its tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain, the famed course will play host to the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship, beginning tomorrow through Sunday.

The 7,300-yard Copperhead Course, which has been called one of the most difficult courses on the tour by pros like Paul Azinger and Curtis Strange, is a lengthy challenge for even the longest hitters. And it's this blend of artistry and skill that lures the world's best to make it a must play on the PGA Tour. 

In contention for the 2012 Transitions Championship's $5.9 million purse is an impressive lineup including two of the hottest players in the world - Luke Donald, second-ranked in the Official World Golf Ranking and Justin Rose, who just clinched the Cadillac Championship in Miami on Sunday. 

Defending Champion Gary Woodland will battle these golf greats as well as other notables, including past Transitions Championship winners, Jim Furyk (2010), Retief Goosen (2009 & 2003), Sean O'Hair (2008), Carl Pettersson (2005) and K.J. Choi, who won twice on the Copperhead Course - in 2002 and 2006. 

Japanese sensation, Ryo Ishikawa, will also compete for the fourth straight year, as will crowd favorite John Daly. 

Tournament play begins Thursday, March 15, when nearly 144 of the sport's most skilled competitors will attempt to conquer the challenging course, including its daunting 'Snake Pit' - the name given to the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, which rank among the hardest set of finishing holes on any PGA Tour course. Friday's 2nd Round and Saturday's 3rd Round will set the stage for what is sure to be an exciting Final Round on Sunday. 

The action will be broadcast from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday on the Golf Channel. Saturday's coverage can be seen from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the Golf Channel and 3 to 6 p.m. on NBC. Sunday's Final Round will be live on the Golf Channel from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. on NBC. 

Ticket packages for fans, families, golfers and groups range from $10 to $239 and can be purchased at TransitionsChampionship.com. Free admission will be granted to all active and retired military, as well as children under 15.

Click n' Print technology enables you to print your tickets right at home on your own printer, with weekly and daily tickets also available at Publix stores. Tickets for the Hooters Owl's Nest at the 17th hole are available online or at participating Hooters restaurants.

Onsite activities also include the Healthy Site Village; Bright House Sports Pavilion, including March Madness viewing; Hooters Owl's Nest; Tampa Bay Times Fan Zone; The Wine Garden; Bridgestone Golf Simulators; Geico Golf Experience and much more.

Beautiful weather is expected all weekend, with classic St. Pete/Clearwater area springtime temperatures in the mid-seventies and a barrage of sunshine. The annual PGA Tour event has been hosted by The Copperheads for more than three decades.

For more information on the Transitions Championship, please visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/articles/transitions-championship?C...

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