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 Cleveland, 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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Gary Player to Make Honorary Tee Shot at the 2017 Chubb Classic

Chubb Classic celebrates 30 years with inaugural 1988 champion, Gary Player

Naples, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials announced today that Gary Player, the 1988 inaugural champion, will be in attendance at the 2017 Chubb Classic to help celebrate its 30th anniversary in southwest Florida.  The Chubb Classic will take place February 13 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club.

Regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history, Mr. Player has won 167 tournaments world-wide spanning seven decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.  Mr. Player is a three-time champion of the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978) and The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974), while also having claimed victories at the PGA Championship (1962, 1972) and U.S. Open (1965) throughout his career on the PGA Tour.  He is still one of only 5 golfers ever to complete the Grand Slam of all four Major Championships.

The year 1988 marked the PGA TOUR Champions first year in Naples held at The Club at Pelican Bay.  Mr. Player finished top of the leaderboard by one stroke to become the events inaugural champion for his ninth PGA TOUR Champions victory.  The Chubb Classic will welcome Gary Player back to Naples during the celebration of its 30th year in southwest Florida.  Mr. Player will tee it up in the official pro-am tournament and kick-off the first round of championship play with an honorary tee shot prior to the first round Friday morning, February 17.

“To see any event stay in one community for 30 years is truly special,” said Gary Player, the Black Knight and World Golf Hall of Fame member.  “I am honored to have been a part of its first year in 1988 and look forward to joining the 30th year celebration during the 2017 Chubb Classic.”

To purchase tickets, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.

Participants Announced for the Golf to Paraidse – First Tee Champions Challenge!

24 junior participants from across the country will compete at The TwinEagles Club

Naples, Fla. – On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chubb Classic has invited junior golfers from across the country to participate in a three-day competition at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla.  During the Chubb Classic, February 13 – 19, two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) will travel to Naples in hopes of claiming victory of the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“It is an honor for me to represent The First Tee of Naples/Collier in the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge,” said Makenzie Hotchkiss, participant from The First Tee of Naples/Collier.  “Matt and I are so excited to be the host participants for this year’s event and cannot wait to meet the other 22 First Tee players next month.  The First Tee has given me so many great opportunities not only on the golf course, but in life as well.  I am so grateful to everyone involved.”

The 2017 challenge boasts a 24 player field in which 23 junior golfers will compete in the program for the first time.  One participant from The First Tee of West Michigan, Dominic Luciani, will return in February for his second straight year competing in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.

“I am so excited to travel to Naples and represent The First Tee of West Michigan again,” said Dominic Luciani, returning junior participant from The First Tee of West Michigan.  “Having participated in last year’s event, I know a bit more about what to expect and cannot wait to return – I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

For full biographies on each First Tee participant listed below, please CLICK HERE.

 

The First Tee of Atlanta

Alejandra Ayala                                                                    Jazmyne Everett

17 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Alpharetta High School                                          Junior, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School

 

The First Tee of Baltimore

Kendel Abrams                                                                     Jairus Gaines

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Susquehannock High School                                   Junior, Gilman School

 

The First Tee of Chicago

Chloe Morrissey                                                                   Raquel Simpson

14 years old                                                                          14 years old

Freshman, Warren Township High School                           Freshman, Walter Payton College Prep High School

 

The First Tee of Cleveland

Ben Cawley                                                                           Nathan Lewandowski

16 years old                                                                          16 years old

Junior, Shaker Heights High School                                     Junior, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Matt Ariza                                                                              Makenzie Hotchkiss

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Junior, Gulf Coast High School                                           Senior, Barron Collier High School

 

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Brinkley Beever                                                                   Dalton McGinnis

16 years old                                                                         14 years old

Junior, Siloam Springs High School                                    Freshman, Deer High School

 

The First Tee of Philadelphia

Leonard Gipson                                                                    Riley Quartermain

15 years old                                                                          13 years old

Freshman, Father Judge High School                                  8th Grade, Haverford Middle School

 

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

Madison Bartone                                                                 Victoria Slawinski

15 years old                                                                         16 years old

Sophomore, Mount Lebanon High School                           Sophomore, Bethel Park High School

 

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

Alisa Caraballo                                                                      John Ferguson

16 years old                                                                          17 years old

Sophomore, Home Schooled                                                Junior, Franklin County High School

 

The First Tee of the Triangle

Sara Allen                                                                              Nyilah Anderson

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Franklin Academy High School                                 Senior, Charles E. Jordan High School

 

The First Tee of the Twin Cities       

David Kehr                                                                            Parker Reddig

17 years old                                                                          17 years old

Senior, Highland Park Senior High School                           Senior, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s School

 

The First Tee of West Michigan

Owen Kruer                                                                          Dominic Luciani

16 years old                                                                          15 years old

Sophomore, Jenison High School                                        Sophomore, East Grand Rapids High School

 

Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac

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Two-Day Food, Beer & Wine Festival Returns to the Chubb Classic

Tickets on sale now for upgraded food and beverage experience during the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions event

NAPLES, Fla.  – Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, a two-day food, beer, wine and spirits festival, returns to the Chubb Classic February 17 and 18 at The TwinEagles Club.  Held in conjunction with the PGA TOUR Champions event, Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac will offer spectators an upgraded food and beverage experience on the TwinEagles Driving Range Friday and Saturday of event week.

“We’re excited to bring back the two-day festival during this year’s event and celebrate the region’s best restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and more,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “This event will offer an upgraded tasting experience for golf fans and provide local foodies with a taste of their favorites all in one spot.”

Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac ticket holders will be invited to sample tastes from some of Naples’ best restaurants.  Local and national craft beer, wine and spirits will also be paired with menu items and featured on the TwinEagles Driving Range during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic.

General admission tickets to Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac are $35 per day and include access to the food festival on selected day, as well as general grounds admission into the Chubb Classic on respective day. Upgrade any one Chubb Classic ticket to include food festival access for only $20 per day and enjoy unlimited food and beverage samples.  Only a limited amount of tickets are available for purchase each day.

For more information on Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, to purchase tickets, or to get involved as a participating vendor or restaurant, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.