The Transitions Championship is next for the best golfers in the United States as the PGA Tour stays in Florida. The tournament will be competed from March 15-18 at Innisbruck Golf and Spa Resort. The tournament serves as a possible warm up for the Masters to be held in early April.
Here's a look at the tournament.
Golfers in the Field
Notable golfers in the field for the Transitions Championship include former winners Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Gary Woodland and Jim Furyk. Other golfers scheduled to compete include Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Nick Watney, John Daly and Sergio Garcia among many others.
History of the Tournament
The first tournament was held in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic. It was an alternate event to the Presidents' Cup that year. The following year the event was canceled due to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. From 2003 to 2006, the event was a stand-alone affair just before the Tour Championship.
Ever since 2007, the Transitions Championship has been a part of the early season Florida swing that gets golfers started in the warm late winter months of the Sunshine State. Most of the early season golf tournaments are in Hawaii or Florida while the rest of America is too cold.
Innisbrook is a luxury golf resort located northwest of Tampa. To the west lies of the Gulf of Mexico and to the east is Lake Tarpon. The rugged and natural beauty is what draws golfers to the resort to play some of the best championship courses in Florida.
Innisbrook has four championship courses from which to choose. Different courses host different tournaments throughout the year including stops from the Legends Tour and LPGA. Anyone can play the golf courses when they stay at the resort.
The 2012 PGA Tour professionals will pay the par-71 Copperhead Course . Newly renovated, the course features tree-lined fairways and many natural landscapes. At over 7,300 yards it is one of the longest par 71 courses the pros will play this year. Natural lakes and ponds provide homes for fox squirrels, blue herons, bald eagles and even alligators.
William Browning has covered sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network including golf and local golf courses in southwest Missouri. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.