Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, and Jim Furyk, three of the world’s top ten golfers competed along side John Daly, Kenny Perry, and Stewart Cink for the $5.4 million purse. Retief Goosen, last year’s Transitions champion also returned to Palm Harbor.
Participants also receive FedEx Cup points which qualify them for the PGA Tour playoffs – a series of four high-stakes tournaments beginning in August.
Ending a loosing streak going back to the 2007 Canadian Open, Furyk beat out K.J. Choi in a one-shot victory. Choi started out in the lead, but had been tied with Furyk for most of the game.
The event is sponsored by Transitions Optical, based in Pinellas Park, and benefits over 100 local charities. In the event’s 33 year history, over $24 million has been donated, $9 million of that being donated in the past 5 years alone.
For more information on the Transitions Championship, go to www.transitionschampionship.com/.