Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

PGA to stay in Tampa Bay for several more years

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Innisbrook owner Sheila Johnson will hold a press conference Wednesday morning to officially announce a sponsorship deal that will keep the Tour in Tampa Bay for several more years. Transitions Optical, Inc., a Pinellas Park based company that produces transition lenses, will take over sponsorship of the tournament beginning in 2009.

The length of the agreement was not announced, but it is likely for at least four years. PODS, a Clearwater based storage company, originally signed a six-year deal to sponsor the tournament but backed out after two years. It costs about $7 million to be the title sponsor of a PGA tournament.

This will be the fifth different name of the tournament, which is held on Innisbrook's Copperhead Course. It started in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Championship, then became the Chrysler Championship, the Tampa Bay Classic, the PODS Championship and now Transitions Optical. It will be held March 16-22, 2009 as the third leg of the Florida Swing.

PGA to stay in Tampa Bay for several more years 06/02/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 2, 2008 5:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Koetter: QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday vs. Bills


    After five days of uncertainty, Jameis Winston will be starting at quarterback on Sunday as the Bucs play at Buffalo, coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday afternoon.

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston, shown against the Patriots two weeks ago, will start Sunday at Buffalo after being sidelined with a shoulder injury last week. Dirk Koetter announced that he was starting after watching him throw at practice Friday.
  2. Florida football has become something to be endured, not enjoyed


    The Jim McElwain era at Florida is something to be endured, not enjoyed.

    Florida Gators defensive lineman Khairi Clark (54) leaves the field after the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. The Florida Gators lost to the Texas A&M Aggies 17-16 MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
  3. Cannon Fodder podcast: Most important stat in Bucs-Bills game


    Greg Auman talks about the uncertainty at quarterback for the Bucs as they go to Buffalo in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.

    Interceptions, such as this one by Brent Grimes against Arizona, will be the most important stat in Sunday's game.
  4. Dirk Koetter sounds Bucs alarm: 'They're the players that we have'


    The other day, Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was asked about the lack of production and pressure from the defensive line, especially off the edge.

    Then it happened.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (28) takes the field for the start of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
  5. Superiority complex: USF continues to battle schedule, expectations


    Does USF deserve its No. 16 national ranking? Coach Charlie Strong says there's no doubt. He expects that his Bulls can match up with any Division I-A program. (Octavio Jones, Times)