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 Saturday:
4:50 p.m. -- Larry Mize birdied No. 18, and Tom Lehman parred, so Mize is alone in second at 15 under, three behind Perry. Lehman is in third at 14 under, and Bernhard Langer is -13.
4:41 p.m. -- Perry has set a Champions Tour 36-hole scoring record with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18. The previous record was held by many at 17 under. Perry shot a 10-under 62 today.
4:34 p.m. -- Tom Lehman snapped a string of eight pars with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 17th. Mize made a 20-footer for birdie on the hole to stay tied with Lehman, at 14 under, three behind Perry.
4:27 p.m. -- Kenny Perry's lead is now four strokes after a short birdie on the par-5 17th. Langer parred No. 18 to finish at 13 under, and Lehman and Mize are on No. 17 at -13.
4:14 p.m. -- Bernhard Langer eagled No. 17 for the second straight day, and is tied for second with Lehman and Mize at 13 under, three behind Perry.
4:07 p.m. -- Kenny Perry responded from his first bogey with an 8-foot birdie on No. 16 to get back to 16 under, and back to a three-shot lead over Mize and Lehman. Lehman has parred seven straight holes.
3:56 p.m. -- Kenny Perry made his first bogey of the day -- on the par-4 15th -- and dropped to 15 under, two ahead of Mize and Lehman.
3:41 p.m. -- Now Kenny Perry is three up, sinking a 15-footer on No. 14 after hitting his approach shot out of the rough with the ball below his feet. He's 16 under, and Mize and Lehman are still -13. Bill Glasson is tied for fourth with Bernhard Langer at 11 under.
3:25 p.m. -- After back-to-back pars for the first time in his round, Perry birdied the par-5 13th to increase his lead to two over Larry Mize and Tom Lehman.
3:13 p.m. -- Perry is 14 under through 12, one ahead of Lehman, and two ahead of Mize.
2:39 p.m. -- Kenny Perry has birdied No. 10 and is back up by a stroke. He's at 14 under, which is a shot ahead of the 36-hole record of 13 under held by Tom Watson (2002) and Bernhard Langer (2011).
2:37 p.m. -- Kenny Perry and Tom Lehman are tied at 13 under after nine holes. Both shot 5 under on the front. Larry Mize is one stroke back. Defending champion Bernhard Langer is in fourth at 10 under through 10 holes.
2:03 p.m. -- Gil Morgan double-bogeyed No. 4, stopping his hot round. Kenny Perry is back in the lead after a birdie at No. 8 to get to 13 under. Lehman is one back, and Mize is two.
1:48 p.m. -- Gil Morgan has eagled No. 3 -- his 12th hole -- and is 9 under for the day and the tournament, good for a tie for fourth. Larry Mize finally made a birdie, on No. 6, and is at 11 under, one back of Perry and Lehman.
1:39 p.m. -- Kenny Perry has four birdies in the first six holes, and is at 12 under. The 2011 Player of the Year -- Tom Lehman -- is one behind Perry, last year's Rookie of the Year.
1:26 p.m. -- Tom Lehman birdied No. 5 and has tied Kenny Perry for the lead at 11 under. Larry Mize has parred the first five holes and is in third at -10. Gil Morgan is 7-under after 11 holes today, and is tied for seventh at -7.
1:10 p.m. -- Kenny Perry has sole possession of the lead after a birdie on No. 4 got him to 11 under, one ahead of Mize and Lehman. Defending champion Bernhard Langer, Mike Goodes and Russ Cochran are all tied for fourth at 8 under.
12:59 p.m. -- Tom Lehman has birdied No. 3 to tie for the lead at 10-under with Larry Mize and Kenny Perry. Mark O'Meara also has said he will withdraw after his first nine today because he's suffering from the flu.
12:55 p.m. -- Kenny Perry and Larry Mize remain tied at 10-under, but Gil Morgan is having the best round so far. The 1998 and 2001 champion is 6 under through 8 holes, and is tied for 10th at 6 under.
12:27 p.m. -- Kenny Perry has tied for the lead with birdies on his first two holes. Larry Mize parred No. 1. Both are at 10 under. Tom Lehman also birdied No. 1 and is at 9 under, followed by Russ Cochran at -8.
12:15 p.m. -- Two more groups, then the leaders are on the course. Jeff Sluman is 3 under after four, and Bob Tway is 3 under after three holes, moving to 6 under and into a tie for sixth with Jay Haas, Bernhard Langer and Michael Allen.
11:42 a.m. -- Leaders don't tee off for another half hour or so, but David Eger is making a bit of a move. He is at 5 under, alone in ninth place.
11:25 a.m. -- Rod Spittle birdied three of his first four holes, and so did Olin Browne to move into a tie for ninth at 4 under. David Eger and John Cook also are 4 under and on the course. Again, no wind out here.
11:05 a.m. -- A handful of groups are on the course -- going off Nos. 1 and 10. Corey Pavin, last week's winner, birdied No. 3 and is 1 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament.
7:30 a.m. -- Gates will open in an hour for the second round of the 25th edition of the tournament, and players will tee off Nos. 1 and 10 beginning at 10:15 a.m. (see below for tee times).
With the anticipation of an increase in crowd size on the weekend, first-year tournament director Lesley Baker said Friday that they planned to add more shuttle buses and increase the number of runs between spectator parking at the Collier County Fairgrounds (which are roughly 4 miles past the entrance of the course on Immokalee Road).
The Golf Channel will have tape-delayed coverage from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Today is Seminole Saturday, with promotions from the Seminole Casino in Immokalee.
ACE Group Classic
at TwinEagles Club
Today's tee times
No. 1 Tee
10:15 a.m. -- Hale Irwin, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (70); Corey Pavin, Dallas (70); Chien Soon Lu, Taipei, Taiwan (71)
10:24 a.m. -- Jim Rutledge, Victoria, Canada (70); D.A. Weibring, Frisco, Texas (70); Olin Browne, Tequesta (70)
10:34 a.m. -- Bobby Clampett, Bonita Springs (70); Peter Jacobsen, Bonita Springs (70); Peter Senior, Queensland, Australia (70)
10:43 a.m. -- Chip Beck, Lake Forest, Ill./Grey Oaks (70); John Harris, Minneapolis, Minn./Calusa Pines GC (70); Wayne Levi, Naples/Tiburon GC (70)
10:53 a.m. -- Dan Forsman, Provo, Utah (69); David Eger, Charlotte, N.C. (69); Mark Calcavecchia, Tequesta (69)
11:02 a.m. -- Steve Pate, Westlake Village, Calif. (69); Jeff Sluman, Hinsdale, Ill./Calusa Pines GC (69); John Cook, Orlando (69)
11:12 a.m. -- Jim Gallagher Jr., Greenwood, Miss. (69); Fuzzy Zoeller, Floyds Knobs, Ind./Naples National GC (69); Craig Stadler, Evergreen, Colo. (69)
11:21 a.m. -- Nick Price, Hobe Sound (68); P.H. Horgan III, West Palm Beach (68); Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla. (69)
11:31 a.m. -- Mark McNulty, Orlando (68); David Frost, Paarl, South Africa (68); Jay Don Blake, St. George, Utah (68)
11:40 a.m. -- Jim Carter, Scottsdale, Ariz. (68); Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y. (68); Bill Glasson, Stillwater, Okla. (68)
11:50 a.m. -- Jay Haas, Greer, S.C. (66); Bernhard Langer, Munich, Germany (66); Gary Koch, Tampa (68)
11:59 a.m. -- Kenny Perry, Franklin, Ky. (64); Mike Goodes, Reidsville, N.C. (65); Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz. (66)
12:09 p.m. -- Larry Mize, Columbus, Ga. (62); Russ Cochran, Paducah, Ky. (64); Tom Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz. (64)
No. 10 Tee
10:15 a.m. -- J.L. Lewis, Austin, Texas (71); Bruce Fleisher, Greenville, S.C. (71); Scott Simpson, San Diego (71)
10:24 a.m. -- Loren Roberts, Memphis/Calusa Pines GC (71); Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra Beach (71); Rod Spittle, Columbus, Ohio (71)
10:34 a.m. -- John Huston, Palm Harbor (71); Joe Daley, Scottsdale, Ariz. (71); Tom Purtzer, Scottsdale, Ariz. (72)
10:43 a.m. -- Mark Brooks, Austin, Texas (72); Gil Morgan, Edmond, Okla. (72); Larry Nelson, Marietta, Ga. (72)
10:53 a.m. -- Bob Gilder, Corvallis, Ore. (72); Tom Kite, Austin, Texas (72); Dave Rummells, Kissimmee (72)
11:02 a.m. -- Vicente Fernandez, LaProvidencia CC, Argentina (73); Tom Jenkins, Austin, Texas (73); Mark O'Meara, Houston (73)
11:12 a.m. -- Lanny Wadkins, Dallas (73); Ben Crenshaw, Austin, Texas (73); Mike Reid, Westminster, Md. (73)
11:21 a.m. -- Curtis Strange, Morehead City, N.C. (73); Morris Hatalsky, Ponte Vedra Beach (74); Allen Doyle, La Grange, Ga. (74)
11:31 a.m. -- Jim Thorpe, Heathrow (74); Mark Wiebe, Denver (74); Ted Schulz, Louisville, Ky. (74)
11:40 a.m. -- Dana Quigley, West Palm Beach (75); Jim Colbert, Big Horn CC, Palm Desert, Calif. (75); David Peoples, Germantown, Tenn. (75)
11:50 a.m. -- Steve Lowery, Birmingham, Ala. (75); Jeff Hart, Solana Beach, Calif. (75); Ben Bates, Pensacola (75)
11:59 a.m. -- Tommy Armour III, Las Colinas, Texas (76); Brad Faxon, Barrington, R.I. (77); Brad Bryant, Lakeland (77)
12:09 p.m. -- Mike Hulbert, Orlando (78); Bobby Wadkins, Richmond, Va. (78)
12:18 p.m. -- Gary Hallberg, Castle Rock, Colo./Calusa Pines GC (78); Kip P. Byrne, Palm City (79)