Today marks the beginning of the 2012 PGA Transitions Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. Over 140 players take the field for a $5.5 million purse at the 7,340-yard Copperhead Course, a par-71 track that annually ranks as one of the most challenging tests on the PGA Tour.
In round one of the tournament, Padraig Harrington shot the lowest official score of his life, a 10-under 61, to set the course record in the championship today. In fact, Harrington broke the Copperhead Course record, held previously by Mark Calcavecchia and Jeff Sluman. It represented the lowest first-round score on tour this year, relative to par.
Right behind Harrington are Will Claxton, who finished 7-under 64, and John Senden, who finished today with 5-under 66. Senden has a history of playing well here with a tie for 15th last year and back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008. Finally, tournament defending champion Gary Woodland shot a 3-under 68 to close out the day.
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