Once you purchase your ticket to the ACE Group Classic for an additional $10 you can enjoy FanFest on Friday February 13th, 2:00-5:00pm! You will be able to sample 10 of the 33 craft beers, 3 food samples, and enjoy live music!
Competition: Stryker Ambassadors Fred Funk and Hal Sutton announced in the field
NAPLES, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2015) – ACE Group Classic tournament officials announced Stryker, the Official Joint Replacement Products of the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, as a new partner for the 2015 tournament today. The tournament is being held February 10-15 at the TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.
“The partnership with Stryker is the perfect fit for our event and fan base. With their help, we will provide fans with health conscious, fun and interactive experiences onsite in the Stryker Mobility Zone and the Stryker Health Walk Program,” said Tournament Director Gail Graham.
Stryker Orthopedics will showcase the Stryker Mobility Zone, a joint-health destination at the ACE Group Classic providing consumers with education about the latest options for hip and knee pain. Located adjacent to the driving range, the Stryker Mobility Zone will feature local physicians providing free hip and knee assessments. Tournament goers will have the chance to interact with onsite physicians, and learn firsthand how Fred Funk and Hal Sutton saved their careers from joint pain.
The Stryker Health Walk will start and finish at the Stryker Mobility Zone where each spectator that visits will be provided a free pedometer courtesy of Stryker to track their steps during their day at the ACE Group Classic. “Our hope is that fans will be inspired by the distance walked at the event and begin to use the pedometer in their everyday lives leading to a healthier, more active lifestyle,” said Bill Huffnagle, President of Stryker.
In conjunction with today’s announcement, tournament officials also announce that Stryker Ambassadors Fred Funk (nine-time Champions Tour and eight-time PGA Tour winner) and Hal Sutton (14-time PGA Tour winner and former Ryder Cup Captain) have committed to play in the 2015 ACE Group Classic. Further field announcements will follow.
For more information, visit www.theacegroupclassic.com or call the Tournament Office at 239.593.3900.
About the ACE Group
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About The TwinEagles Club
TwinEagles is conveniently located just 6 miles east of I-75 off Immokalee Road in Naples. Additional information on this premier community and club can be found at: www.twineagles.com.
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About the Champions Tour
Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game, with many of its 32 members in the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events. The Tour also counts numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2014 determined Bernhard Langer as the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour’s leading player. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow the Champions Tour at facebook.com/ChampionsTour and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.
The Golf Writers Association of America recently announced Bernhard Langer as its Senior Player of the Year. Langer, 57, earned 90 percent of the vote. Two major championship wins were amongst the five titles he claimed in 2014. He also won the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. Rory McIlroy won Male Player of the Year and Stacy Lewis was voted Female Player of the Year. It marks the second award for each player. The winners will be honored at the 43rd ISPS HANDA GWAA Annual Awards Dinner presented by The PGA of America, PGA TOUR and USGA on April 8 in Augusta, Ga.
The USGA recently announced that Barbara Nicklaus is the recipient of the 2015 Bob Jones Award. Jack Nicklauswon the award in 1975. They are the first married couple to receive the accolade. The Bob Jones Award is the USGA’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships. Mrs. Nicklaus will be presented with the award at the 2015 U.S. Open Championship in June.
Mitsubishi Electric announced their first global, corporate, player sponsorship signing Miguel Ángel Jiménez. Jiménez, winner of the 2014 Greater Gwinnett Championship while making his Champions Tour debut, will wear the Mitsubishi Electric corporate logo on his golf shirt. Other players representing Mitsubishi Electric on the Champions Tour include Fred Couples, Fred Funk and Corey Pavin.
The season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai begins on January 19-25 at Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawai’i with an exclusive field of 40 players including defending champion and 2014 Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer.
Thursday, January 22, the day before the first official round of the 2015 Champions Tour season, is significant as it marks 35 years since the SENIOR TOUR was formally approved by the Tournament Policy Board of the PGA TOUR.
This week’s Sony Open in Hawaii on the PGA TOUR features Champions Tour professionals Fred Funk, Paul Goydos, Davis Love III, Kenny Perry and Vijay Singh in the field. Goydos won in Hawaii in September last year at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship for his first Champions Tour victory.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Since the inception of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition in 2001, Bernhard Langer is the only player to win the season-opening event at Hualalai and go on to win the Charles Schwab Cup at the end of the same season. Langer achieved this feat in 2014. Langer will also have the opportunity to become the first player to follow a Schwab Cup-winning season with a victory at Hualalai if he successfully defends his title at the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
5 – Five World Golf Hall of Fame members have won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai since it moved to the Hualalai Golf Course in 1997. Bernhard Langer (2014, 2009) and Hale Irwin (2007, 1997) have claimed the title twice, along with Tom Watson (2010), Tom Kite (2002) and Larry Nelson(2001).
DID YOU KNOW?
Although it is longer than 18 other courses on the Champions Tour, the par 72, 7,107-yard Hualalai Golf Course, home to the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, ranked as the easiest course on Tour in 2014. The average score was 2.902 strokes under par each round.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision.” – Bernhard Langer.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Following a year filled with record-breaking performances, the Champions Tour announced today the tournament schedule for the 2015 Champions Tour season.
The most notable changes for the 2015 schedule are the introduction of the Tucson Conquistadores Classic (March 16-22) at Omni Tucson National Resort Catalina Course and the Pacific Links China Championship (Sept. 14-20) relocating to Tianjin, China. The 27 Club, a Pacific Links property, will host the event on a course developed by 27 major champions, including Champions Tour professionals Mark O’Meara, Fred Couples and Tom Watson. Each professional designed their favorite elements into each hole to reflect the unique character of their individual games.
The 2015 schedule features 26 tournaments in three countries outside of the United States (Canada, England and China) and 17 different states for a total purse of more than $53 million. Of the 26 tournaments, exactly half feature total purses of more than $2 million.
The official 2015 season will begin on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan. 19-25), where the Champions Tour’s version of the Tournament of Champions will feature recent tournament winners and other notable players. The first full-field event, the Allianz Championship, will be played in Boca Raton, Fla. the week of Feb. 2-8.
Several date changes for established tournaments also impact the 2015 Champions Tour schedule. The Toshiba Classic, traditionally contested in March, moves to the penultimate event of the season (Oct. 26-Nov. 1). The Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (April 20-26) returns to its original date after being played in early June in 2014. The two Canadian tournaments, played in consecutive weeks in 2014, are now separated by one month with the Shaw Charity Classic (Aug, 3-9) moving two weeks earlier and the Quebec Championship to be played the first week of September (Aug. 31-Sept. 6),
The Champions Tour also returns to the Boston area for the first time since 2008 with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 8-14) relocating from Pittsburgh to Belmont CC. The Donald Ross-designed course will host the major championship for one year.
The host venues for all five major championships in 2015 are:
Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Ala. Regions Tradition (May 11-17)
Pete Dye Course, French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind. Senior PGA Championship (May 18-24) Belmont CC, Boston, Mass. Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (June 8-14).
Del Paso CC, Sacramento, Calif. U.S. Senior Open (June 22-28) Sunningdale GC, England. Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex (July 20-26)
The 2015 season will conclude with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Nov. 2-8) which returns to the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the second consecutive year.
The Charles Schwab Cup, won for the second time by Bernhard Langer in 2014, enters its 15th year as the successful season-long, points-based competition to determine the Champions Tour’s leading player. The program rewards consistency and awards points for top-10 finishes at all official tournaments. Double points are awarded at the five major championships and to all 30 players at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Langer set several all-time records during the Champions Tour’s 2014 season, most notably his 13-stroke margin of victory at the Senior Open Championship and the all-time record $3,074,189 he earned in a single season which helped secure the Jack Nicklaus Award as Player of the Year for a record fourth time. Also of note was Kevin Sutherland’s record-low round of 13-under 59 in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open during his rookie year.
Official events will be televised nationally in the United States, with most receiving complete coverage on Golf Channel, the Tour’s exclusive cable-television partner that reaches some 80 million homes in the United States. Three events will have network coverage on the weekend (NBC: Senior PGA Championship; ESPN: Senior Open Championship; FOX: U.S. Senior Open all four rounds). Champions Tour telecasts are distributed internationally in Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, and Latin America through various distribution partners. The events air live, tape-delayed or in a highlights-package format in excess of 205 countries and territories, reaching more than 145 million households.
The Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament-Final Stage (Dec. 1-4) will be conducted at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
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Bernhard Langer receives the Jack Nicklaus Award as the 2014 Champions Tour Player of the Year. Langer is the first player to win the Jack Nicklaus Award four times, also claiming the trophy in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Scott Dunlap was named the 2014 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year.
Peter Senior estimates it’s the first time in 30 years that he has missed the three big events in his native Australia. Senior, who finished No. 44 on the money list this year, has been hampered by a torn left shoulder muscle and is taking two months off during the Australian summer to repair the damage.
It was announced last week that Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales will again host the Senior Open Championship in 2017. This year, Bernhard Langer posted an all-time Champions Tour record with a 13-stroke win over Colin Montgomerie at the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl.
Jack Nicklaus is slated to receive Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Legislation authorizing the award for Nicklaus cleared Congress last week and now awaits the signature of President Barack Obama. Past recipients include Arnold Palmer, Rosa Parks, Joe Louis and Neil Armstrong. Nicklaus received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He will join Palmer as the only golfers to get both awards.
The team of Stewart & Connor Cink will attempt to defend their PNC Father/Son Challenge this week in Orlando. The field of 20 teams includes 14 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
After an eight-year hiatus, Johnny Miller will play with his son Andy in the PNC Father-Son Challenge. In 2006, Miller teamed with son Scott and in 2000, he and son John Jr. lost in a playoff at the event.
Champions Tour major winners David Frost and Colin Montgomerie are in the field for this week’s European Senior Tour MCB Tour Championship along with recent Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament graduates Jerry Smith, Rick Gibson and Cesar Monasterio.
4 - Raymond Floyd, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino will all make their 17th appearances in the PNC Father-Son Challenge. They are the only four players to have participated in each of the previous 16 tournaments.
DID YOU KNOW?
Andy Miller, who will join his World Golf Hall of Fame father Johnny at the PNC Father-Son Challenge, was a four-time All-American at Brigham Young University. He also played on the 2000 U.S. Palmer Cup team and turned professional later that year. In 2002, Miller won the State Farm Open on the Web.com Tour after Monday-qualifying. In 2003, he earned his PGA TOUR card at Qualifying School. Current Champions Tour rookies Paul Goydos and Woody Austin were also successful in advancing from the Qualifying School that year.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I truly have a tough time without competing. If I’m out there just playing, I don’t enjoy it. I have to compete. Once I’m done competing, I may never pick up a club ever again.” – Frank Esposito, winner of the 2014 Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament, enjoys the pressure of competition.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
PNC Father/Son @PNCFatherSon “One of the unique things about the tournament is that you get to see the similar traits between each father and son.” ~ Mark O’Meara
NAPLES, Fla. (FEB. 16, 2014) – Kirk Triplett (67-67-66= -16) earned The ACE Group Classic title in his first appearance at The TwinEagles Club after calming sinking a six-foot par putt on the final hole win. With a potential three-man playoff in the works, missed par putts from defending champion Bernard Langer and Duffy Waldorf opened the door for Triplett to claim his third Champions tour victory and the $240,000 winner’s check.
“In my career I’ve never won out here on this side of the world. I’ve got a couple wins at Pebble and Tucson and Reno and L.A. I’m a West Coast guy through and through, so to win on this Bermuda grass is I think a little bit of a minor miracles for me,” joked Triplett in his post tournament interview.
The dramatic finish on 18 proved fitting as it was the most difficult hole for the week with an average score of 4.383 (+.383). Triplett’s shot sequence on 18 started with a drive that left him at 175 yards out but also placed him in a divot. He hit a 6 iron just pin high left; ending with a six-foot putt which was two-thirds of was uphill and downhill. Staying in a strong mental game came in clutch once out of the divot and lining up to take his final putt.
“Sometimes you’re playing these tournaments and you’re not in contention but you have a good last round and you get there with three or four holes to go,” Triplett said, “It is such a shock to be playing with the lead your get really nervous. But since the middle of yesterday I’ve been playing on the leader number, you know, so you kind of get in that mode of it’s not life or death.”
Not only was No. 18 the most difficult for the event, but it was also the toughest to birdie with just 13 in the tournament and only two during the final round with birdies from Jeff Sluman and Scott Dunlap.
Triplett’s win earned him 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. Waldorf finished second for the second consecutive week. After losing in a playoff to Michael Allen last week, Waldorf saw his chances slip away during the final round when he made a bogey on his 54th hole, leaving him T2 with Langer and Olin Browne. For their efforts, they each earn $117,116 in official prize money.
For the fifteenth time in the 27 years of the Champions Tour event, the winner was decided by either a playoff or a single stroke.
2014 The ACE Group Classic
(The 3rd of 25 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour)
February 16, 2014
The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course)
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, February 16, 2014
Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid-70s with NNW winds at 5-1
1. Kirk Triplett 200/-16
T2. Bernhard Langer 201/-15
Duffy Waldorf 201/-15
Olin Browne 201/-15
5. Jay Haas 204/-12
T6. Michael Allen 206/-10
Colin Montgomerie 206/-10
Kirk Triplett sank a six-foot par putt on the final hole to avoid a four-way playoff and claim his third Champions Tour title by one stroke over Bernhard Langer, Duffy Waldorf and Olin Browne. Playing one group in front of Triplett, Langer and Waldorf, Browne missed a birdie opportunity to move into a share of the lead with the trio at 16-under. The drama then switched to the final group. After Waldorf and Langer missed par putts, Triplett calmly sank his winning putt to end the drama. Waldorf’s bogey was especially frustrating since he had played bogey-free golf all afternoon, while Langer had grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on No. 17. Waldorf, Langer and Browne all tied for second at 15-under.
The win was Triplett’s third on the Champions Tour. He won the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in both 2012 and 2013 and it marks the third year in succession he has won at least one event.
The victory was worth $240,000 for Triplett as well as earning him 240 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race.
The victory also extended Triplett’s eligibility for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai through 2016.
Kirk Triplett string of bogey-free holes ended at 68 when he made a bogey on No. 5 on Sunday. His streak had started at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in his previous start. However, in his last 90 holes, Triplett has made just two bogeys (No. 8 in 2nd rd. in Hawaii and No. 5 today).
It’s been a productive two weeks for the two Nevada-Reno products on the Champions Tour. Michael Allen claimed the Allianz Championship last week and Triplett was the winner on Sunday in Naples. Both played golf for the Wolf Pack and are members of that school’s athletic Hall of Fame.
Duffy Waldorf finished second for the second consecutive week. After losing in a playoff to Michael Allen last week, Waldorf saw his chances slip away on Sunday when he made a bogey on his 54th hole, leaving him T2 with Olin Browne and Bernhard Langer. He has posted six consecutive rounds in the 60s this year and seven dating back to the end of the 2013 season. It was his fourth runner-up finish in 31 starts on the Champions Tour.
Jay Haas and Jim Rutledge posted the low rounds on Sunday, each shooting an 8-under-par 64. Haas finished fifth overall and it was his third successive top-five finish this year. He was fourth at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and T5 a week ago at the Allianz Championship. Rutledge’s effort helped him vault from a T42 on Saturday to a T11 finish.
Peter Senior rebounded from a slow start. After an opening-round 75 on Friday, Senior followed with rounds of 69-65 to move from a T63 to a T11.
Jay Don Blake earned $5,280 with his T48 finish and surpassed the $10 million mark in all-time earnings.
A week after winning the Allianz Championship in a playoff with Duffy Waldorf, Michael Allen followed with a T6 finish on Sunday.
Bill Andrade posted his first top-10 finish on the Champions Tour when he finished T8 on Sunday. It was just his second start since turning 50 earlier this year. He was T46 last week at the Allianz Championship.
Hal Sutton, who withdrew during his opening round on Friday, was released from an area hospital on Sunday after undergoing a heart procedure. Sutton said he plans to resume practicing this week and expects to play when the Champions Tour resumes next month (March 14-16) at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, CA.
Once again the winner of The ACE Group Classic came out of the final grouping making it 14 straight years. The last time it didn’t happen was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back and eventually triumphed in a playoff.
With Kirk Triplett’s one-stroke victory, 15 of the 27 ACE Group Classics have been decided by either a playoff or one stroke.
In an effort to help raise awareness for American Heart Health Month, The ACE Group Classic and NCH Healthcare Systems encouraged all spectators to wear red on Friday of tournament week. Through the participation of hundreds of fans, players and tournament staff, their efforts helped support a donation of $20,000 to NCH Healthcare System Foundation.
On Saturday each of the day’s SUBWAY® restaurants Putt for Dough winners got to compete on the 18th green for a chance to take home $50,000! Although all participants fell short of the $50,000 grand prize, Ralph DePrisco from Brooklyn, NY won free SUBWAY® for a year for having his 10-foot putt land one foot from the hole. To have claimed the $50,000 prize, participants would have had to make a 10-foot, a 30-foot and a 50-foot putt. Since no player made the 10-foot putt, DePrisco was the winner as the closest of the participants.
Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf and Olin Browne all posted three consecutive rounds in the 60s.
R1 – Bernhard Langer (64), Olin Browne (66), Kirk Triplett (67), Michael Allen (68), and Jay Don Blake (70).
R2 – Kirk Triplett (67) and Duffy Waldorf (68)
R3 – Jay Haas (64), Wes Short, Jr. (67), Tommy Armour III (69), and Steve Elkington (67)
Scoring Averages at the par-72 The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course) thru three rounds:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
36.275 35.300 71.575
36.563 36.275 72.838
35.325 35.475 70.800 71.738
A total of 31 players posted rounds in the 60s and 49 finished below par on Sunday. In the previous two rounds there were a combined 27 rounds in the 60s and 68 sub-par rounds.
The most difficult hole for the event was No. 18 with an average score of 4.383 (+.383), while No. 3 was the easiest at 4.504 (-.496). There were 9 eagles and 118 birdies.
Not only was No. 18 the most difficult for the event, but it was also the toughest to birdie with just 13 in the tournament and just two on Sunday -– Jeff Sluman and Scott Dunlap. A year ago it was the second-most-difficult finishing hole on the Champions Tour (4.339). Only Royal Birkdale (Senior British Open) was harder.
|10:00||Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ 75 69 144|
|Peter Senior Queensland, Australia 75 69 144|
|Brad Bryant Lakeland, FL 72 73 145|
|10:10||Gary Koch Tampa, FL 73 71 144|
|Scott Hoch Orlando, FL 70 74 144|
|Mark Brooks Austin, TX 70 74 144|
|10:20||Larry Mize Columbus, GA 71 73 144|
|Brian Henninger Wilsonville, OR 72 72 144|
|Jay Don Blake St. George, UT 70 74 144|
|10:30||Mike Reid Westminster, MD 71 73 144|
|Morris Hatalsky Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 72 72 144|
|John Inman Durham, NC 71 73 144|
|10:40||Lee Rinker Jupiter, FL 70 73 143|
|Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA 73 70 143|
|Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL 70 73 143|
|10:50||Wes Short, Jr. Austin, TX 69 73 142|
|Tom Kite Austin, TX 71 72 143|
|Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL 71 72 143|
|11:00||Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL 73 69 142|
|Mark O’Meara Houston, TX 70 72 142|
|David Eger Charlotte, NC 69 73 142|
|11:10||Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL 68 72 140|
|Tommy Armour III Dallas, TX 68 72 140|
|Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC 68 72 140|
|11:20||Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN 69 71 140|
|Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan 69 71 140|
|Jay Haas Greenville, SC 68 72 140|
|11:30||Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA 70 70 140|
|Kenny Perry Franklin, KY 70 70 140|
|Rod Spittle Ontario, Canada 70 70 140|
|11:40||Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ 68 71 139|
|Billy Andrade Atlanta, GA 71 69 140|
|Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ 70 70 140|
|11:50||Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK 69 69 138|
|Gene Sauers Savannah, GA 70 69 139|
|Mark McNulty Orlando, FL 68 71 139|
|12:00||Olin Browne Tequesta, FL 66 69 135|
|Colin Montgomerie Perthshire, Scotland 70 67 137|
|Bob Tway Edmond, OK 65 72 137|
|12:10||Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ 67 67 134|
|Bernhard Langer Munich, Germany 64 70 134|
|Duffy Waldorf New Smyrna Beach, FL 67 68 135|
|10:00||Fuzzy Zoeller Floyds Knob, IN 72 73 145|
|Roger Chapman Ascot, England 72 73 145|
|Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada 72 73 145|
|10:10||Bobby Clampett Bonita Springs, FL 70 75 145|
|David Frost West Palm Beach, FL 71 75 146|
|John Harris Minneapolis, MN 71 75 146|
|10:20||Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL 74 72 146|
|Steve Elkington Sydney, Australia 70 76 146|
|John Riegger Henderson, NV 68 78 146|
|10:30||Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL 71 76 147|
|Kohki Idoki Hyogo, Japan 72 75 147|
|Scott Dunlap Duluth, GA 72 75 147|
|10:40||Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY 73 74 147|
|Willie Wood Edmond, OK 75 72 147|
|Loren Roberts Memphis, TN 75 72 147|
|10:50||Hale Irwin Paradise Valley, AZ 75 72 147|
|Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX 76 71 147|
|Andrew Magee Paradise Valley, AZ 76 71 147|
|11:00||Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico 76 71 147|
|Marco Dawson Merrit Island, FL 71 77 148|
|Rick Fehr Anthem, AZ 71 77 148|
|11:10||Dan Forsman Provo, UT 72 76 148|
|Greg Bruckner Manhattan Beach, CA 75 73 148|
|Jim Gallagher, Jr. Greenwood, MS 71 78 149|
|11:20||Dana Quigley West Palm Beach, FL 74 75 149|
|Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR 74 75 149|
|Mark Wiebe Denver, CO 76 73 149|
|11:30||Bruce Fleisher Greenville, SC 72 78 150|
|Nick Price Hobe Sound, FL 70 80 150|
|Russ Cochran Paducah, KY 75 75 150|
|11:40||Tom Watson White Sulphur Springs, WV 77 73 150|
|Larry Nelson Marietta, GA 77 74 151|
|Brad Faxon Barrington, RI 77 74 151|
|11:50||Wayne Levi Naples, FL 74 78 152|
|Scott Simpson San Diego, CA 75 77 152|
|Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA 76 76 152|
|12:00||Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA 77 77 154|
|Curtis Strange Morehead City, NC 78 76 154|
First-Round Notes – Friday, February 14, 2014
2014 The ACE Group Classic
(The 3rd of 25 Charles Schwab Cup events on the 2014 Champions Tour)
February 14, 2014
The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course)
Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper-60s with WSW winds at 6-12 mph.
1. Bernhard Langer 64/-8
2. Bob Tway 65/-7
3. Olin Browne 66/-6
T4. Duffy Waldorf 67/-5
T4. Kirk Triplett 67/-5
T6. 7 players tied at 4-under-par 68
Defending champion Bernhard Langer opened defense of his 2013 crown by firing an 8-under-par 64 to grab a one-stroke lead over Bob Tway after the opening round of The ACE Group Classic. Langer’s round featured eight birdies, including all four par-5 holes. Olin Browne finished with a 6-under-par 66, and is currently third, followed by Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett at 5-under-par 67.
No player has enjoyed more recent success in this tournament than Bernhard Langer. In addition to his wins in 2011 and 2013, he was second in 2012, T3 in 2009 and T4 in 2010. Coming into this year’s event, he has earned $795,200 in his five previous starts, an average of $159,200 per starts in Naples. In addition 10 of his 16 rounds have been in the 60s.
Bernhard Langer has already posted six rounds in the 60s in seven starts this year, and has a scoring average of 65.71 per round.
One week after falling to Michael Allen in a two-hole playoff, Duffy Waldorf continued his strong play, shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Friday. It was his fourth straight round in the 60s so far in 2014.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Bernhard Langer has finished in the top 10 in 37 of his previous 46 Champions Tour events.
This marks the 17th time Bernhard Langer has led or shared the first-round lead in a Champions Tour event in his career and the third time here at The ACE Group Classic. He was T1 here in 2011 (with Russ Cochran) and led outright in 2013. He went on to win both times.
For the second consecutive year at The ACE Group Classic, Bob Tway opened with a 7-under-par 65. He is currently second, one stroke behind Bernhard Langer.
Two players were forced to withdraw on Friday. D. A. Weibring withdrew prior to the start of his round with a rib injury (replaced by Willie Wood), while Hal Sutton withdrew after eight holes due to a stomach virus.
Last week’s champion, Michael Allen, posted a 4-under-par 68 and is among seven players tied for sixth place. Allen had tied the Champions Tour’s 18-hole scoring record in his first round at the Allianz Championship last week with a 60.
Jeff Sluman is playing in his 82ndconsecutive Champions Tour event.
R1 – Bernhard Langer (64), Olin Browne (66), Kirk Triplett (67), Michael Allen (68), and Jay Don Blake (70).
A total of 17 players posted rounds in the 60s and 44 finished below par on Friday.
The most difficult hole on Friday was No. 18 with an average score of 4.400 (+.400), while No. 13 was the easiest at 4.588 (-.412). There were 37 birdies. No. 7 was the most difficult to birdie with just five.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Second Round Pairings
|10:00||Tom Kite Austin, TX||71|
|Bart Bryant Winter Garden, FL||71|
|David Frost West Palm Beach, FL||71|
|10:10||John Inman Durham, NC||71|
|Peter Jacobsen Bonita Springs, FL||71|
|Jim Gallagher, Jr. Greenwood, MS||71|
|10:20||Rick Fehr Anthem, AZ||71|
|Billy Andrade Atlanta, GA||71|
|Larry Mize Columbus, GA||71|
|10:30||Jay Don Blake St. George, UT||70|
|Lee Rinker Jupiter, FL||70|
|John Harris Minneapolis, MN||71|
|10:40||Tom Lehman Scottsdale, AZ||70|
|Nick Price Hobe Sound, FL||70|
|Colin Montgomerie Perthshire, Scotland||70|
|10:50||Scott Hoch Orlando, FL||70|
|Rocco Mediate Greensburg, PA||70|
|Kenny Perry Franklin, KY||70|
|11:00||Mark Brooks Austin, TX||70|
|Rod Spittle Ontario, Canada||70|
|Mark O’Meara Houston, TX||70|
|11:10||Bobby Clampett Bonita Springs, FL||70|
|Gene Sauers Savannah, GA||70|
|Jim Thorpe Heathrow, FL||70|
|11:20||Tom Pernice Jr. Nashville, TN||69|
|David Eger Charlotte, NC||69|
|Steve Elkington Sydney, Australia||70|
|11:30||Bill Glasson Stillwater, OK||69|
|Chien Soon Lu Taipei, Taiwan||69|
|Wes Short, Jr. Austin, TX||69|
|11:40||Jay Haas Greenville, SC||68|
|Mark McNulty Orlando, FL||68|
|Michael Allen Scottsdale, AZ||68|
|11:50||Steve Lowery Birmingham, AL||68|
|Tommy Armour III Dallas, TX||68|
|John Riegger Henderson, NV||68|
|12:00||Duffy Waldorf New Smyrna Beach, FL||67|
|Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, AZ||67|
|Mike Goodes Reidsville, NC||68|
|12:10||Bernhard Langer Munich, Germany||64|
|Bob Tway Edmond, OK||65|
|Olin Browne Tequesta, FL||66|
|10:00||Mike Reid Westminster, MD||71|
|Marco Dawson Merrit Island, FL||71|
|Morris Hatalsky Ponte Vedra Beach, FL||72|
|10:10||Brad Bryant Lakeland, FL||72|
|Fuzzy Zoeller Floyds Knob, IN||72|
|Bruce Fleisher Greenville, SC||72|
|10:20||Brian Henninger Wilsonville, OR||72|
|Kohki Idoki Hyogo, Japan||72|
|Dan Forsman Provo, UT||72|
|10:30||Roger Chapman Ascot, England||72|
|Jim Rutledge Victoria, Canada||72|
|Scott Dunlap Duluth, GA||72|
|10:40||Steve Pate Westlake Village, CA||73|
|Joey Sindelar Horseheads, NY||73|
|Gary Koch Tampa, FL||73|
|10:50||Mark Calcavecchia Tequesta, FL||73|
|Dana Quigley West Palm Beach, FL||74|
|Wayne Levi Naples, FL||74|
|11:00||Jeff Sluman Hinsdale, IL||74|
|Bob Gilder Corvallis, OR||74|
|Tom Purtzer Scottsdale, AZ||75|
|11:10||Peter Senior Queensland, Australia||75|
|Scott Simpson San Diego, CA||75|
|Willie Wood Edmond, OK||75|
|11:20||Loren Roberts Memphis, TN||75|
|Russ Cochran Paducah, KY||75|
|Hale Irwin Paradise Valley, AZ||75|
|11:30||Greg Bruckner Manhattan Beach, CA||75|
|Tom Byrum San Antonio, TX||76|
|Andrew Magee Paradise Valley, AZ||76|
|11:40||Mark Wiebe Denver, CO||76|
|Esteban Toledo Mexicali, Mexico||76|
|Jeff Hart Solana Beach, CA||76|
|11:50||Bobby Wadkins Richmond, VA||77|
|Larry Nelson Marietta, GA||77|
|Tom Watson White Sulphur Springs, WV||77|
|12:00||Brad Faxon Barrington, RI||77|
|Curtis Strange Morehead City, NC||78|
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