2012 ACE GROUP CLASSIC
25 Years of Champions Tour in Naples
- Langer returns to form with four-shot victory in 2011
- Couples holds off hard-charging Armour in 2010
- Roberts is Boss of the Bay in 2009
- Hoch wins playoff for second straight victory in 2008
- Wadkins birdies on No. 18 and wins The ACE in 2007
- Loren keeps on soarin' in 2006
- Mark James holds off Irwin, Wargo in 2005
- Stadler wins 3-way playoff in 2004
- Vicente Fernandez takes 2003 title
- Hale Irwin rallies past Tom Watson in 2002
- Gil Morgan takes 2001 title for second win
- Lanny Wadkins wins four-way playoff in 2000
- Allen Doyle goes wire-to-wire in 1999
- Gil Morgan's chip wins it in 1998
- Hale Irwin edges Bob Murphy in 1997
- "Mr. 59" wins by 1 in '96
- Bob Murphy takes rain-shortened 1995 event
- Mike Hill goes back-to-back in 1994
- Mike Hill staves off Stockton in 1993
- Jimmy Powell's hot finish wins it in 1992
- Lee Trevino does it again in 1991
- Lee Trevino outduels Bruce Crampton in 1990
- Gene Littler rallies past Henning in 1989
- Gary Player wins inaugural event in 1988
NAPLES — Updates from the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club from Friday:
5:52 p.m. -- Larry Mize finished with a two-stroke lead after his first-round 62. Tom Lehman's string of five birdies in a row ended on No. 18, and Kenny Perry bogeyed No. 17 after hitting his drive into a bush and taking an unplayable lie. Lehman and Perry are tied with Russ Cochran at 8 under. Tee times will once again be off Nos. 1 and 10 tomorrow, with the first groups going off at 10:15 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than the first tee times Friday.
5 p.m. -- Disappointing par-5 17th for Kenny Perry. He pitched his fourth shot past the hole 20 feet, then missed the par putt. Perry bogeyed to fall back from solo second to a tie with Russ Cochran and Tom Lehman at 8 under, two back of Mize.
4:48 p.m. -- Larry Mize said "it was an ideal to play golf" and he played an ideal round. He missed two fairways and no greens for his 10-under 62. But others are after him. Kenny Perry is one back with two holes left, and Tom Lehman is at 8 under with one hole to play after making five birdies in a row.
4:08 p.m. -- And Mize finished with a birdie from four feet on No. 18 to finish a 10-under 62. Goodes parred and is alone in second at 7 under.
3:51 p.m. -- Larry Mize made a 35-footer for eagle on No. 17, and is at 9 under, two ahead of playing partner Mike Goodes, who birdied the hole and is in second.
3:30 p.m. -- Joey Sindelar put a shot in the water on No. 18, and double-bogeyed to fall back to 4 under. Mize parred No. 16, and is 7 under. Mike Goodes, Allen and Cochran are all 6 under. Goodes won the qualifier Tuesday.
3:28 p.m. -- Tom Lehman had made a move up the leader board at 5 under, but bogeyed No. 11 and 12.
3:25 p.m. -- Mize had a good chance for a two-shot lead, but missed a 6-footer for birdie on No. 15. Sindelar, Allen and Cochran are all one back at -6.
3:05 p.m. -- And Mize is now in the lead by himself after a birdie on No. 14 to get him to 7 under. Cochran is one back, and Joey Sindelar, McNulty, Mike Goodes, Allen and Kenny Perry are at -5.
2:55 p.m. -- Larry Mize, who won the Masters 25 years ago with his chip-in to beat Greg Norman, is now tied for the lead after a birdie on the par-5 13th. McNulty, Allen and Cochran are still at 6 under with him.
2:47 p.m. -- Michael Allen and Russ Cochran are at 6 under, and Mark McNulty just joined them in a tie for the lead. Koch bogeyed No. 7 to fall back to -5.
2:32 p.m. -- Michael Allen birdied No. 3 -- his 12th hole -- and has birdied the last three holes to tie for the lead with Gary Koch at 6 under. Larry Mize, McNulty and Cochran are tied for third at 5 under.
2:09 p.m. -- Gary Koch remains in the lead, and is now at 6 under. Russ Cochran tied him briefly, but Koch birdied No. 5, his 14th hole, for his third straight birdie. Eight players are at 4 under.
1:45 p.m. -- Jay Sigel has withdrawn with a left thumb injury after nine holes. McNulty birdied No. 17 and is in the lead at 5 under.
1:18 p.m. -- Yes, that headline is correct. There are 16 golfers tied for sixth at 2 under. Koch and McNulty are tied for the lead at 4 under, and Zoeller, Rutledge and Fred Funk are tied for third at -3.
1 p.m. -- Gary Koch bogeyed No. 1 to drop to 4 under, and he's joined there by Jim Rutledge, Chien Soon Lu and Mark McNulty. Fuzzy Zoeller and Michael Allen are at -3. The top six on the leaderboard all started on the back nine.
12:43 p.m. -- It's been eight years, but Gary Koch still has some magic left at TwinEagles. Koch, who lost in a playoff to Craig Stadler in 2004, birdied No. 18, one of the toughest holes on the course, to finish his front nine at 5 under and in the lead.
12:37 p.m. -- Mark McNulty has made twin eagles at TwinEagles. McNulty made his first on the par-5 13th, then followed up with another on the par-4 14th.
12:34 p.m. -- Chien Soon Lu, a 52-year-old from Taiwan, birdied his third straight hole -- No. 17 -- on his first nine to get to 4 under and tie Steve Pate. Lu is in his third season on the tour.
12:04 p.m. -- Steve Pate has eagled No. 13 to get to 4 under, and is in sole possession of the lead by one over Gary Koch. Chip Beck, Chien Soon Lu, Fuzzy Zoeller, Craig Stadler, Steve Lowery and Scott Simpson are all tied at 2 under.
11:55 a.m. -- Gary Koch has birdied three of his first six holes to grab the lead. Fuzzy Zoeller, Steve Lowery, Steve Pate and Scott Simpson are all at 2 under. Koch shot a first-round 62 in 2004 that featured a 28 on the back nine.
11:45 a.m. -- Gary Koch, who lost in a playoff back in 2004, Fuzzy Zoeller, Steve Pate and Scott Simpson are tied for the lead at 2 under. Pate and Simpson birdied Nos. 10 and 11, their first two holes.
11:32 a.m. -- Dana Quigley is one of seven players tied at 1 under. Quigley, 64, came back from West Palm Beach on Thursday night where he and his family have been at the bedside of his 27-year-old son Devon, who has been in a coma for 11 weeks after a serious automobile accident.
11:17 a.m. -- Former Gators great Andy Bean has withdrawn after two holes with a pulled groin. Dana Quigley and Bob Tway will continue as a twosome. The group was the second off No. 1. Chip Beck, Tom Purtzer, Bruce Fleisher and Naples National member Fuzzy Zoeller are all tied at 1 under.
10:51 a.m. -- Chip Beck has taken the lead -- with all of six players completing a hole, he was the only to birdie.
10:44 a.m. -- The first groups have teed off in the 25th ACE Group Classic this morning. Morris Hatalsky, Chip Beck (who plays out of Grey Oaks) and Mike Hulbert went off No. 1, and 2007 champion Bobby Wadkins, Gary Koch and Jim Carter went off No. 10.
The week's "undercard" has finished, and the golfers will come out swinging today in the first round of the 25th edition of Champions Tour golf in Naples.
Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day, so bring some sunscreen. Don't forget, spectator parking is out at the Collier County Fairgrounds -- a different site than during most of the tournament's previous stint at TwinEagles (2002-06). Parking is $7.
Golfers won't tee off until 10:30 a.m. Groups will be going off both Nos. 1 and 10. The last group goes off at 12:33 p.m. off No. 1, so play should wrap up around 5 p.m.
So far, they've been impressed with TwinEagles.
"I thought the course was very straightforward," 2011 Player of the Year Tom Lehman said. "Greens are in great shape. I'm sure the wind, if it blows, it will be a very good challenge for us to play. I like the course a lot."
"Love the golf course," Kenny Perry said. "Length is going to have an advantage this week. There's a lot of
forced carries out there to get over."
Some of the best threesomes are teeing off beginning at 12:05 p.m. with Lehman, last week's winner Corey Pavin, and Jay Haas. Defending champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer, John Huston and World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange are next. Then it's Nick Price, another World Golf Hall of Famer, and Mark Calcavecchia and Perry, who's making his tour debut in Naples but has played the Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon for years, winning in 2005 and 2008.
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ACE Group Classic
at TwinEagles Club
Friday's first-round tee times
No. 1 Tee
10:30 a.m. -- Morris Hatalsky, Ponte Vedra Beach; Chip Beck, Lake Forest, Ill./Grey Oaks; Mike Hulbert, Orlando
10:39 a.m. -- Andy Bean, Lakeland; Dana Quigley, West Palm Beach; Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla.
10:49 a.m. -- John Harris, Minneapolis, Minn./Calusa Pines GC; Jim Colbert, Big Horn CC, Palm Desert, Calif.; J.L. Lewis, Austin, Texas
10:58 a.m. -- Allen Doyle, LaGrange, Ga.; Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y.; Bill Glasson, Stillwater, Okla.
11:08 a.m. -- Peter Jacobsen, Bonita Springs; Jay Sigel, Boynton Beach; Steve Lowery, Birmingham, Ala.
11:17 a.m. -- Vicente Fernandez, LaProvidencia CC, Argentina; Peter Senior, Queensland, Australia; Mark Brooks, Austin, Texas
11:27 a.m. -- Jeff Sluman, Hinsdale, Ill./Calusa Pines GC; Larry Mize, Columbus, Ga.; Mike Goodes, Reidsville, N.C.
11:36 a.m. -- D.A. Weibring, Frisco, Texas; Brad Faxon, Barrington, R.I.; Loren Roberts, Memphis, Tenn./Calusa Pines GC
11:46 a.m. -- Mark Wiebe, Denver; Bob Gilder, Corvallis, Ore.; John Cook, Orlando
11:55 a.m. -- Dan Forsman, Provo, Utah; Mark O'Meara, Houston; Lanny Wadkins, Dallas
12:05 p.m. -- Tom Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Corey Pavin, Dallas; Jay Haas, Greer, S.C.
12:14 p.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Munich, Germany; John Huston, Palm Harbor; Curtis Strange, Morehead City, N.C.
12:24 p.m. -- Nick Price, Hobe Sound; Mark Calcavecchia, Tequesta; Kenny Perry, Franklin, Ky.
12:33 p.m. -- Dave Rummells, Kissimmee; P.H. Horgan III, West Palm Beach; Kip P. Byrne, Palm City
No. 10 Tee
10:30 a.m. -- Bobby Wadkins, Richmond, Va.; Gary Koch, Tampa; Jim Carter, Scottsdale, Ariz.
10:39 a.m. -- Tom Purtzer, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Chien Soon Lu, Taipei, Taiwan; Jim Gallagher Jr., Greenwood, Miss.
10:49 a.m. -- Wayne Levi, Naples/Tiburon GC; Bruce Fleisher, Greenville, S.C.; David Peoples, Germantown, Tenn.
10:58 a.m. -- Jim Thorpe, Heathrow; Fuzzy Zoeller, Floyds Knobs, Ind./Naples National GC; Bobby Clampett, Bonita Springs
11:08 a.m. -- Craig Stadler, Evergreen, Colo.; Tommy Armour III, Las Colinas, Texas; Steve Pate, Westlake Village, Calif.
11:17 a.m. -- Tom Jenkins, Austin, Texas; Scott Simpson, San Diego, Calif.; Jim Rutledge, Victoria, Canada
11:27 a.m. -- Gil Morgan, Edmond, Okla.; Mark McNulty, Orlando; Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz.
11:36 a.m. -- David Frost, Paarl, South Africa; Larry Nelson, Marietta, Ga.; Russ Cochran, Paducah, Ky.
11:46 a.m. -- Olin Browne, Tequesta; Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra Beach; Hale Irwin, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
11:55 a.m. -- Rod Spittle, Columbus, Ohio; Ted Schulz, Louisville, Ky.; Ben Crenshaw, Austin, Texas
12:05 p.m. -- Tom Kite, Austin, Texas; Mike Reid, Westminster, Md.; Brad Bryant, Lakeland
12:14 p.m. -- Jay Don Blake, St. George, Utah; Gary Hallberg, Castle Rock, Colo./Calusa Pines GC; David Eger, Charlotte, N.C.
12:24 p.m. -- Jeff Hart, Solana Beach, Calif.; Joe Daley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ben Bates, Pensacola