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This was the final year of sponsorship for Transitions.

Officials in several corners are optimistic that a title sponsor can be found, and that it would remain part of the Florida Swing in March. The Copperhead Course is considered by players among the best on tour, and some believe it to be the best tournament course in Florida.

“We’ve been told a lot of interest has been expressed the last two days,” Prem Devadas, president of her Salamander Hotels & Resorts, said Sunday. “The tour wants the tournament to stay here. In the last four or five days, there’s been a ramp up of discussions. That’s as much as we know.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem would only say he’s optimistic.

“It’s too good of a tournament,” Finchem said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say we’re close, but we’re not yet. We had a good finish, it’s a good field, a good golf course that showed well. It all helps.”


TIGER AND VARDON: Tiger Woods is an eight-time winner of the Vardon Trophy, which the PGA of America awards to the player with the lowest-adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour.

He last won the award in 2009. That won’t change this year.

Woods, who currently is second behind Rory McIlroy in adjusted scoring average, became ineligible to win the award when he withdrew in the middle of the final round at the Cadillac Championship.

According to the PGA of America, the award is based on a minimum of 60 rounds, with no incomplete rounds.


YANI’S MARK: By winning the Founders Cup in Phoenix, Yani Tseng went over the $8 million mark in career earnings.

The No. 1 player in women’s golf became the fastest to get there.

Tseng, a 23-year-old from Taiwan, crossed the $8 million mark in 99 tournaments over four years, one month and two days. That broke the previous record held by Lorena Ochoa, who did it in 115 tournaments over four years and four months.

Tseng still has a long way, though plenty of time, to catch the career mark of $22.5 million by Annika Sorenstam.

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