2018 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge Results

2018 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Final Standings

POS Chapter RD1 RD 2 RD 3 TOTAL
1 The First Tee of Naples/Collier 33 41 31 105
2 The First Tee of Roanoke Valley 34 38 39 111
T3 The First Tee of Indiana 37 42 34 113
T3 The First Tee of Atlanta 36 43 34 113
5 The First Tee of the Twin Cities 37 41 38 116
6 The First Tee of the Triangle 35 43 39 117
T7 The First Tee of Pittsburgh 38 40 42 120
T7 The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas 37 44 39 120
9 The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia 36 48 37 121
10 The First Tee of West Michigan 41 39 36 122
11 The First Tee of Greater Chicago 43 44 36 123
12 The First Tee of Greater Baltimore 39 53 41 133

 

Congratulations to The First Tee of Naples/Collier participants: Sophie Shrader and Vivian Guite on being crowned champions of the 2018 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge!

Joe Durant Wins 2018 Chubb Classic

Joe Durant (67-63-67 – 197) earned the 2018 Chubb Classic title after an exciting final round at The TwinEagles Club in Naples. Durant came in neck-in-neck with Steve Stricker over the last six holes. However, it was Durant who came out on top after finishing birdie-birdie on 17 and 18.

“It was a roller coaster for sure,” Durant said. “When it gets bunched like it was, anything can happen and I just kept telling myself if I could just hang in there, give myself a shoot at it with three or four holes to go, you never know what’s going to happen and fortunately I hit some really good shots down the stretch.”

Durant’s win in Naples marks his third career win on the PGA TOUR Champions and first win since the 2016 3M Championship. During the Chubb Classic, Durant made 21 birdies, matching his personal best for a 54-hole tournament. Durant’s victory also moved him to No. 3 in the Charles Schwab Cup Rankings.

“Every time you can have a chance to win out here is a blessing, because it’s so difficult, and you just hate to not take advantage of those opportunities,” Durant said.

 

Onsite Activities for Fans at the Chubb Classic

Admissions gates are open to the public tomorrow for the 2018 Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples. From Feb. 13-18, golf fans will have the opportunity to cheer on their favorite PGA TOUR Champions and participate in a variety of onsite activities at the Chubb Classic.

Subway® restaurants Family Putt For Dough & Discounted Tickets – Tuesday, Feb. 13 – Sunday, Feb. 18
The Subway® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will take place during event week of the Chubb Classic, February 13-18. This challenge is a free, three-hole putting contest that gives tournament spectators a chance to win $50,000 and various prizes. Following the completion of tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 17, daily finalists of the Subway® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will be given a chance to win $50,000 and free Subway® for one year with a final putting challenge on the 18th green. Participating Subway® restaurants are also offering fans an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets, where they will receive a promotional code valid for a two-for-one daily ticket, redeemable online at ChubbClassic.com  or by calling the Tournament office at (239) 593-3900. For a full list of participating Subway® restaurants, please click here.

Legends ExperienceThursday, Feb. 15
Spectators can enjoy the Chubb Classic alongside “The World’s Most Interesting Man in Golf,” Miguel Ángel Jiménez. The Legends Experience includes four invitations to the Happy Hour and Teaching Clinic with Miguel Ángel Jiménez, four tickets to the Legends Lounge hospitality (per day, Friday through Sunday), four tickets to Taste of SW Florida at the Chubb Classic and on-site parking (Friday through Sunday). Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Matt Hilliker at (239) 231-9097 or matt.hilliker@octagon.com to reserve your spot.

Taste of SW Florida – Friday, Feb. 16 – Saturday, Feb. 17
The Chubb Classic’s two-day food festival, Taste of SW Florida gives spectators a chance to enjoy samples prepared by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar, Oakes Farms, Fire & Rice, AZN Asian Cuizine and many more. Local and national craft beers, wineries and spirits from Tito’s Handmade Vodka will also be available. Tickets are still available for $35 and include Chubb Classic admission. For a complete list of participating restaurants or to purchase tickets, please visit ChubbClassic.com.

Legends Lounge– Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18
The Legends Lounge is an open-air hospitality suite overlooking 18 green and is inclusive of a full buffet, full bar, onsite parking and access to private restrooms. Purchase your tickets online for $150 (valid any one day, Friday through Sunday) at ChubbClassic.com.

PGA TOUR Superstore Demo DayFriday, Feb. 16
PGA TOUR Superstore will give spectators the opportunity to test out equipment from the best golf equipment vendors during the Chubb Classic on Fri., Feb. 16. The demo day will take place from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on The TwinEagles Driving Range.


Go Green Day Presented By Waste Management
Friday, Feb. 16
Friday, Feb. 16 will be designated as Go Green Day Presented By Waste Management to help increase awareness of recycling right. Throughout the event week, Waste Management and the Chubb Classic will partner to educate individuals on the importance of recycling correctly and avoiding contamination. By doing your part to recycle right, you can help save raw materials which also saves time, energy and expense. Learn more about local recycling guidelines at www.CollierRecyclesRight.com. Spectators are also encouraged to wear green on Friday to celebrate.

Propel® DaySaturday, Feb. 17
On Saturday, Feb. 17, spectators will receive $5 off a daily admission ticket purchased at the main entrance by bringing an empty PepsiCo product container to recycle during Propel® Day. PepsiCo is also offering discounted ticket sales during tournament week. The Propel® Family Four Pack includes four daily general admission tickets (valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday), four PepsiCo products and four
hamburgers or hot dogs. Each Propel® Family Four Pack is available to fans for $70 (regularly a $100 value).

Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions ChallengeFriday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18
On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, 24 First Tee participants, two participants from 12 different Chapters across the country, will participate in a three-day golf competition at Quail Creek Country Club and The TwinEagles Club, Feb. 16 – 18.  The following First Tee Chapters will be participating in the tournament during the Chubb Classic: The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Host Chapter), The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas,
The First Tee of Greater Baltimore, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Greater Chicago, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of Atlanta, The First Tee of Indiana, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of the Roanoke Valley and The First Tee of the Twin Cities.

Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the event when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the Chubb Classic, visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at 239-593-3900.

Contacts:

Matt Hilliker, Director, Octagon

(239) 300-2231 or matt.hilliker@octagon.com

Michele Bates, Marketing & Communications Manager, Octagon

(239) 300-2229 or michele.bates@octagon.com

Craftsmen of the Game Series

Craftsmen of the Game Series – “Craftsmanship to me is accuracy and consistency, maintaining a golf course we can all be proud of.” Come and see our craftsmen at work at the Chubb Classic. #chubbclassic #craftsmenofthegame

Craftsmen of the Game Series: Bruce Bach from Ember Brands on Vimeo.

Craftsmen of the Game Series – “During tournament week, every day, I’m on the tee, welcoming the professional golfers, and announcing them to the fans that come out to watch.” Come and see our craftsmen at work at the Chubb Classic. #chubbclassic #craftsmenofthegame

Craftsmen of the Game Series: Brendan Cunningham from Ember Brands on Vimeo.

Craftsmen of the Game Series – “I try to be in the top five or top 10 in all of the categories – chipping, putting, bunker and tee shots.” Come and see Bernhard Langer our craftsmen at work at the Chubb Classic #chubbclassic #craftsmenofthegame

Craftsmen of the Game Series: Bernhard Langer from Ember Brands on Vimeo.

Craftsmen of the Game Series – “I know how valuable The First Tee is for my future and my goal is to learn as much as I can so I can start building my own craft.” Come and see The First Tee of Naples/Collier members and our other craftsmen at work at the Chubb Classic #chubbclassic

Craftsmen of the Game Series: Sophie Shrader from Ember Brands on Vimeo.

 

Craftsmen of the Game Series – “When you think of insurance, you probably think about natural disasters. Or accidents. Or a large stack of documents with small type. At Chubb, we think about things differently.” #chubbclassic #craftsmenofthegame

Craftsmen of the Game Series: Paul Krump from Ember Brands on Vimeo.

Chubb Classic Announces Final Field

Naples, Fla.—The Chubb Classic announced that 78 PGA TOUR legends have committed to the tournament’s final field with four qualifiers and the potential of a top 10 finisher from this week is still to be named. This year’s final field list is the strongest field yet with commitments from PGA TOUR Champions such as John Daly, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, John Harris, Jay Haas and José María Olazábal. Steve Stricker, a late commitment to the field is also set to return to Naples after claiming the QBE Shootout title in December at the Tiburón Golf Club.

“We could not be more excited to welcome such a strong field list to Naples next week,” tournament Matt Hilliker said. “From former Chubb Classic champions to World Golf Hall of Fame members, the 2018 Chubb Classic will be an event you will not want to miss.”

Unfortunately, PGA TOUR Champion Fred Couples will be unable to defend his Chubb Classic title at The Twin Eagles Club in Naples due to injury. The current field list is below.

Allen, Michael Funk, Fred  Mayfair, Billy   Tinning, Steen
Ames, Stephen Garwood, Doug  McCarron, Scott  Toledo, Esteban +
Andrade, Billy Goodes, Mike  Mediate, Rocco  Tolles, Tommy
Armour III, Tommy Goydos, Paul  Mize, Larry Toms, David
Austin, Woody Haas, Jay  Montgomerie, Colin * Triplett, Kirk *<
Bradley, Michael Hallberg, Gary  O’Meara, Mark *   Tway, Bob
Broadhurst, Paul Hamilton, Todd  Olazábal, José  María *  Verplank, Scott
Brooks, Mark Harris, John  Parel, Scott  Waldorf, Duffy
Browne, Olin Jacobsen, Peter  Parnevik, Jesper  Woosnam, Ian *
Bryant, Bart Janzen, Lee <  Pate, Steve
Byrum, Tom Jiménez, Miguel Ángel  Pavin, Corey     * Hall of Fame Member
Calcavecchia, Mark Jobe, Brandt  Pernice Jr., Tom      + – Sponsor      Exemption
Cochran, Russ Johnson, Kevin  Petrovic, Tim  < Past Champion
Daly, John Jones, Kent  Quinn, Fran
Dawson, Marco Kelly, Jerry  Sauers, Gene
Day, Glen Koch, Gary +  Short, Jr., Wes
Dunlap, Scott Lancaster, Neal  Sindelar, Joey
Durant, Joe Lane, Barry  Sisk, Geoffrey
Faxon, Brad Langer, Bernhard *<  Sluman, Jeff
Flesch, Steve Lehman, Tom  Smith, Jerry
Forsman, Dan Lowery, Steve  Stricker, Steve
Franco, Carlos Lyle, Sandy *  Sutherland, Kevin
Frost, David Maggert, Jeff  Tanigawa, Ken

For more information about the Chubb Classic, visit ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez to Host Chubb Classic Legends Experience

Golf fans now have the opportunity to rub elbows with one of golf’s greatest legends. The Chubb Classic announced that PGA TOUR Champion Miguel Ángel Jiménez will host the tournament’s Legends Experience. This opportunity gives golf fans a wide array of experiences including a private teaching clinic and happy hour hosted by the “World’s Most Interesting Man in Golf,” Miguel Ángel Jiménez on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“The Legends Experience is a really unique way for the community to enjoy the Chubb Classic in a few ways, including a once in a lifetime experience with fan favorite Miguel Ángel Jiménez,” tournament director Matt Hilliker said. “We are thrilled that he is a part of the event week line-up and know it will be a lot of fun.”

Legends Experience

The Legends Experience includes four Invitations to the Happy Hour and Clinic with Miguel Ángel Jiménez, four tickets to the Legends Lounge hospitality (per day, Friday through Sunday), four tickets to Taste of SW Florida at the Chubb Classic and on-site parking (Friday through Sunday).

Happy Hour & Clinic with Miguel Ángel Jiménez

  • A teaching clinic with PGA TOUR Champions professional, Miguel Ángel Jiménez on Thursday of Tournament week, February 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Legends Lounge

  • The Legends Lounge hospitality suite overlooks 18 green and is inclusive of lunch, afternoon snacks and a full bar.

Taste of SW Florida Tickets

  • The Chubb Classic’s two-day food festival, Taste of SW Florida gives spectators a chance to enjoy samples prepared by Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar, Oakes Farms, Black Eyed Pig Barbeque, Fire & Rice, AZN Asian Cuizine and many more. Local and national craft beers, wineries and spirits from Tito’s Handmade Vodka will also be available.

To reserve your Legends Experience package, call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900. Legends Experience spots are limited and sold on first-come, first-serve basis.

Jiménez has claimed four career victories on the PGA TOUR Champions and 21 wins on the European Tour. He has represented his home country of Spain 14 times in the World Cup of Golf. He has also qualified for the Ryder Cup’s European Team on four occasions. Last season, Jiménez finished sixth in the Charles Schwab Cup Rank, claiming 10 top ten finishes including a second place finish in the 2017 Chubb Classic.

“The Chubb Classic always ranks high on my list because of the wonderful fans,” Jiménez said. “Being part of the Legends Experience allows me to interact with fans in a new and engaging way. Many know me for my pre-round stretching routines and I plan to bring my moves to Naples.”

For more information about the Legends Experience or the Chubb Classic, visit ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

Contacts:

Matt Hilliker, Director, Octagon

(239) 300-2231 or matt.hilliker@octagon.com

 

Michele Bates, Marketing & Communications Manager, Octagon

(239) 300-2229 or michele.bates@octagon.com

Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge

The Chubb Classic announced that junior golfers from across the country have been invited to participate in the Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge presented by the Naples, Marco Island, Convention & Visitors Bureau. This three-day competition, Feb. 16 – 18, gives two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) an opportunity to play some of the best courses in Naples during the Chubb Classic.

“As the Host Charity of the Chubb Classic, we are excited to once again welcome 11 other First Tee chapters from across the United States to participate in the Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge,” said Cindy Darland, Executive Director of The First Tee of Naples/Collier. “Each participant gets the ultimate VIP treatment throughout the week. Some of these experiences include walking inside the ropes with PGA TOUR Champions and playing golf in beautiful Naples.”

During the 2018 event, 24 participants will play a total of nine holes each of the three days of competition with an alternative format each day. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday and closing with a better ball format on Sunday. The following First Tee Chapters have been invited to participate: The First Tee of Naples/Collier (Host Chapter), The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, The First Tee of Baltimore, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Chicago, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of Atlanta, The First Tee of Indiana, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley and The First Tee of the Twin Cities.

“We are thrilled to continue our Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge partnership as it returns to the Chubb Classic,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Each of the junior golfers display impressive skill sets and bring a high level of dedication to the competition. We look forward to welcoming new and returning First Tee participants to Naples.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about the Chubb Classic and the Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900.

Contacts:

Matt Hilliker, Director, Octagon

(239) 300-2231 or matt.hilliker@octagon.com

Michele Bates, Marketing & Communications Manager, Octagon

(239) 300-2229 or michele.bates@octagon.com

Chubb Classic Tickets Now Available for Purchase Online

Who: Members of the SW Florida community and supporters of the PGA TOUR Champions and Chubb Classic.

What:  Chubb Classic tickets are now available for purchase online. General Admission Tickets, Taste of SW Florida Tickets and Parking Passes are among those available for purchase.

General Admission Tickets

General Admission Tickets include general grounds access to the Chubb Classic on respective day. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas are located throughout the course for spectators.

  • A Daily Ticket is $15 per ticket and valid any one (1) day, Tuesday through Sunday
  • A Weekly Ticket is $30 per ticket and valid all week, Tuesday through Sunday

Taste of SW Florida

Taste of SW Florida Tickets include upgraded access to a two-day food festival held in conjunction with the Chubb Classic on Friday and Saturday of Event week (February 16 & 17, 2018). Event attendees will be invited to mix, mingle and sample menu items prepared by the best local restaurants from throughout SW Florida. Tastes of over 60 different local and national craft beer, wineries and spirits will be available for guests 21 and over. Ticket includes access to Taste of SW Florida as well as daily grounds access to the Chubb Classic on selected day.

  • A Daily Ticket to Taste of SW Florida is $35 per ticket and valid any one (1) day, Friday or Saturday
  • Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis. 

Parking Passes

Parking options are available at the Chubb Classic and includeDaily general parking is $5 in advance and $7 during event week. Weekly general parking is $20 in advance.

Where:  To purchase tickets or for more information for the 2018 Chubb Classic visit; http://chubbclassic.com/tickets/

For additional details on the Chubb Classic, please contact the representative per the information above.

Couples Wins 2017 Chubb Classic!

Player To Par Scores Earnings
1. Fred Couples -16 68-65-67 – 200 $240,000
2. Miguel Angel Jimenez -13 65-67-71 – 203 $140,800
T3. Jerry Kelly -11 68-71-66 – 205 $96,000
T3. Jeff Sluman -11 68-69-68 – 205 $96,000
T3. Rod Spittle -11 68-68-69 – 205 $96,000

Fred Couples, 68-65-67 – 200 (-16)

  • The win is Couples’ 12th victory on PGA TOUR Champions, and first since he defeated Billy Andrade in a playoff to win the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic.
  • In three appearances at the Chubb Classic, Couples has two wins (2010, 2017) and a second-place finish (2016). His win in 2010 came at The Quarry, and it was his first victory on PGA TOUR Champions.
  • Prior to this week’s win, he finished second at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and tied for sixth last week at the Allianz Championship. Dating back to 2015, he has 13 top-10s in his last 17 tournaments.
  • With the victory, he has supplanted Bernhard Langer and claimed the top spot in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Langer had been No. 1 ever since he won the Regions Tradition on May 22, 2016, a span of 18 tournaments. Before Langer, the last player to lead the standings was Woody Austin, who won twice in April 2016.
  • This is the first time Couples has led the money list since July 2010. Langer won the U.S. Senior Open and overtook Couples on the money list on Aug. 1, 2010.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, 65-67-71 – 203 (-13)

  • Bogey-free through two rounds, Jimenez opened with a bogey on the first hole and relinquished his one-shot lead. He followed with seven consecutive pars and fell three strokes behind Couples before making his first birdie of the day on No. 9.
  • On the back nine, Jimenez never got closer than two strokes, as he and Couples made identical scores on Nos. 10-17, including birdies on Nos. 14 and 17.
  • He is now 2-for-7 in converting a Saturday-night lead into a victory, winning the 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in this fashion. When he won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last April, he was in third place entering the final round.
  • Jimenez hit 45 of 54 greens in regulation, tied with Joe Durant for best percentage this week. In 2016, Jimenez hit 71.05 percent of greens in regulation, the 13th best mark on Tour.
  • In 24 career starts on PGA TOUR Champions, he has 15 top-10s, including five runner-ups, and one win in each of his three seasons.

Other notes

  • For the 17th year in a row, the winner of the Chubb Classic played in the final grouping. The last time the winner did not play in the last group was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back, eventually winning in a playoff.
  • Rod Spittle carded a final-round 69 and finished tied for third, which gives him entry into the next tournament, the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. He was the last player into the field, as he gained entry 10 minutes before his 9:45 a.m. tee time Friday when John Harris withdrew.
  • Making his PGA TOUR Champions debut, Jerry Kelly carded a 66 Sunday and moved from a tie for 19th and into a tie for third.
  • Jeff Sluman closed with a bogey-free 68 and finished tied for third. It was his best showing at this event in 10 tries, with his previous best being a tie for sixth in his debut in 2008.
  • When Bernhard Langer made his fifth birdie of the day on No. 7, he grabbed a share of the lead at 12-under with Sutherland and Couples. Going to the par-5 17th, he was within two shots of the lead, but fell out of contention when he found the greenside hazard twice leading to a triple bogey.
  • Langer finished tied for sixth after carding a final-round 69, his 29th consecutive round under par. The streak began with the first round of last year’s Boeing Classic, and in that span his scoring average is 67.34.
  • Colin Montgomerie finished tied for 20th after carding a 71, extending his streak to 30 consecutive rounds under par. The streak began with the final round at the Boeing Classic, and his scoring average in that span is 67.97.
  • Scott Parel led the field with 17 birdies this week, helping him to a T10 finish. Parel was co-medalist at PGA TOUR Champions Q-School in December and was one of five players to earn fully-exempt status through the qualifying tournament.
  • Larry Mize and Brad Faxon carded 7-under-par 65s, the day’s lowest rounds. Mize moved from T38 to T10, while Faxon went from T61 to T25.

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