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PGA Tour's Transitions Championship news and notes

Quote of the day

"I'm not smart enough to spell some of those words, so I just left it alone."

Bubba Watson, right, on why he doesn't fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket

Shot of the day

Justin Leonard aced the 175-yard, par-3 13th, the first in tournament history on that hole and the first on any hole in the tournament since 2007. He used a 7 iron. It was his fifth career hole-in-one. "It's always fun when those go in,'' he said.

Gain weight, play better

Carl Pettersson said he lost 30 pounds prior to the 2009 season and had one of the worst years of his career. He lost his swing, missed 12 cuts in 29 tournaments and had only one top-10 finish. So it seemed only logical to Pettersson that he had to gain the weight back in order to play well. "I was exercising and eating right, and I tried to get better, but I got worse,'' Pettersson said. "Who knows if that was it, but that's what I think it was.''

Slammin' trunks

For almost half the field, Friday is a day to return the courtesy car and go home. The cut line fell at 2 over, meaning anyone at 3 over or worse had their weekend free. Some notables not around include Tom Lehman (3 over), 2008 champion Sean O'Hair (6 over), Boo Weekley (6 over), Stewart Cink (6 over) and Woody Austin (9 over). This is the first time in nine tries that Austin has not made the cut at Innisbrook.

Locals make move, cut

Dunedin's Bob Heintz, above, is playing in his first PGA tournament of the season, and he had to Monday qualify to do it. But after two rounds, Heintz is right in the mix. The Countryside High graduate shot a 4-under 67 Friday and is 2 under for the tournament. In four Nationwide Tour events this season, Heintz has failed to make the cut. Palm Harbor's John Huston also made his first cut of the season when he finished 1 over, which included birdie on the 18th hole. At the time, the cut line was 1 over.

Red hot Bubba

Bubba Watson started his second round with four straight birdies and played the back nine (his first nine) in 4-under 31. He had eight birdies overall, and despite two bogies, finds himself in the hunt at 7 under. "I missed about three or four putts inside 5 feet (Thursday),'' said Watson, who is from the Florida panhandle town of Bagdad. "(Friday) I hit the ball great again and then made the putts that I missed yesterday.''

Chip shots

There were two withdraws Friday. Jeff Overton quit after 11 holes due to a back injury. Chris Couch also packed it in after nine holes due to a leg injury. … Actor Erik Estrada, best known for his role as "Ponch'' on the 1970s television show CHiPs, will be roaming around the course in his highway patrol outfit today. Estrada will be giving out "sight-ations'' to people wearing improper eyewear. He did the same thing at the tournament last year.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Hole of the day

No. 16

Par 4, 475 yard

This is the first of three difficult finishing holes, nicknamed the Snake Pit. It was the second-hardest on the course, with an above-par scoring average. It gave up 15 birdies all day.

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PGA Tour's Transitions Championship news and notes 03/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 19, 2010 11:18pm]

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