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 Sunday:
4:26 p.m. -- Kenny Perry made a bogey on the last hole but won the ACE Group Classic by five strokes Sunday. Bernhard Langer finishes second at 15 under, followed by Bill Glasson, Mike Goodes and Tom Lehman.
4:17 p.m. -- Good thing he had a six-shot lead. Kenny Perry hit his tee shot WAY left, and had to take an unplayable lie. He hit a good shot up near the green, though. Larry Mize wasn't as fortunate, putting his approach short in the water, and will drop out of a tie for second. Tom Lehman is on the back of the green -- the pin is back right -- and has a chance to tie Bernhard Langer for second with a birdie. Otherwise, Langer will finish in second by himself.
4:05 p.m. -- Larry Mize made a short birdie putt on No. 17 and is tied for second with Langer, who will have a testy par putt on No. 18, at 15 under, six back of Perry.
4:01 p.m. -- Lehman, after being 178 yards out, ends up with a bogey on No. 17. He dropped on the fringe right next to the water, and missed a 10-footer. Langer is now alone in second. Lehman is tied with Mike Goodes and Bill Glasson.
Perry missed a 12-footer for birdie after laying up on the par 5, and is still 21 under with a six-shot lead.
3:56 p.m. -- Tom Lehman is leaking coming in. Lehman was right of the green in two, and his pitch shot rolled over the green and into the water. Bernhard Langer went over the green on No. 18 trying to go for the pin, which is in the back right.
3:44 p.m. -- Bernhard Langer eagled No. 17 for the third straight day, this one from 30 feet or so, and is now tied for second with Lehman at 15 under. Perry parred No. 16 and is still at 21 under.
3:28 p.m. -- Larry Mize made just his second birdie of the day -- on the par-4 15th -- to move into sole possession of third at 14 under, one behind Tom Lehman in second. Perry parred to stay at 21 under.
3:26 p.m. -- Mike Goodes has bounced back from a bogey with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to tie for third with Glasson, Langer and Mize. Goodes, who won Tuesday's qualifier, will automatically qualify for the next event -- the Toshiba Classic -- by finishing in the top 10.
3:17 p.m. -- Glasson bogeyed No. 16 to fall to 13 under, tied for third with Langer and Mize.
3:11 p.m. -- Perry parred No. 14, and holds a six-shot lead with four holes left. Tom Lehman is in second at 15 under, and Bill Glasson is third at -14. Bernhard Langer and Larry Mize, who made a great par save on No. 14, are tied for fourth at 13 under. The tournament record for largest victory is five set by Allen Doyle in 1999.
After checking on the birdie streak, the tour says the record for birdies in a 54-hole event is 26, instead of 25, by Loren Roberts. Perry has 24.
2:53 p.m. -- Kenny Perry made a 20-footer for birdie on No. 13 and is now 21 under, six ahead of Tom Lehman. Larry Mize bogeyed the par 5 and is now tied for fourth at 13 under with Bernhard Langer. Bill Glasson is in third at -14 with three holes to play.
2:33 p.m. -- Tom Lehman gave the shot right back, with a bogey on the par-3 12th. He missed the green right, pitched to 15 feet, and his par putts stayed on the left edge of the cup. He dropped to 15 under, five back of Perry, who parred No. 12. Bill Glasson has tied Larry Mize for third with a birdie on No. 13 to get to -14.
2:23 p.m. -- Tom Lehman made a birdie putt over 40 feet on No. 11, and Larry Mize double-bogeyed No. 11 after a poor tee shot. Mize ended a streak of 49 straight holes without a bogey, going back to the 16th in the final round of the Allianz Championship. Perry parred, and is up by four over Lehman. Mize is in third at -14.
2:01 p.m. -- Kenny Perry made his first bogey of the day, missing a 6-footer after getting out of the bunker on No. 10. That puts him back to 20 under, and four ahead of Larry Mize, and five ahead of Tom Lehman. Both of them parred No. 10.
1:46 p.m. -- Perry parred No. 9 and is 21 under with a five-shot lead at the turn. Perry has 23 birdies for the tournament, two off the tour's 54-hole record for birdies in an event.
1:34 p.m. -- Kenny Perry birdied No. 8 to get to 21 under, and is five ahead of Larry Mize, who has parred seven of his first eight holes. Tom Lehman birdied No. 8, and is 15 under. Bernhard Langer made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8, and is in fourth at -13.
1:02 p.m. -- Kenny Perry, Larry Mize and Tom Lehman all birdied the par-5 sixth, so Perry goes to 20 under and maintains a four-shot lead over Mize and is six shots ahead of Lehman.
12:39 p.m. -- Bill Glasson is 2 under after six holes, and is 12 under, alone in fourth place. He's still seven shots behind Kenny Perry.
12:25 p.m. -- Kenny Perry birdied No. 3 to increase his lead to four, and get to 19 under. Larry Mize (-15), Tom Lehman (-13), Jeff Sluman (-11), Bill Glasson (-11) and Bernhard Langer (-11) round out the leaderboard.
11:57 a.m. -- Kenny Perry made back-to-back pars on his first two holes -- he only did that once all day Saturday -- and Larry Mize also has a pair of pars. But no one -- no one who was close enough anyway -- is making an early run. Jeff Sluman started with two birdies, but parred the next three holes, and is tied for sixth at 10 under. Nick Price birdied five of his first eight holes, but has three pars since, and is tied for 14th at 8 under.
11:38 a.m. -- Kenny Perry and Larry Mize both parred the first hole, but Tom Lehman bogeyed. And Bernhard Langer bogeyed No. 2. Lehman and Langer are now five and six shots back, respectively. The wind is blowing a bit after two days of calm.
11:10 a.m. -- Jeff Sluman birdied Nos. 1 and 2 and is tied for seventh at 10 under.
10:56 a.m. -- World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price is off to a strong start. Price is 5 under through eight holes, and has moved up to a tie for 15th. The leaders don't go off for another 15 minutes.
8:25 a.m. -- The first groups will tee off Nos. 1 and 10 in 50 minutes, and the admission gates are already open. The decision was made Saturday afternoon to move up starting times an hour earlier than planned because of a threat of bad weather late this afternoon.
Kenny Perry will try to become the second golfer to win the ACE Group Classic and the Franklin Templeton Shootout since both were in Naples; the Shootout moved in 2001. The other? Scott Hoch, who won the ACE in a playoff in 2008, then paired with Perry later that year to win the Shootout.
Perry is a tour record 18 under after 36 holes. The 54-hole record is 25 under, shared by Loren Roberts (2006 MasterCard Championship in Hawaii) and Bernhard Langer (2007 Administaff Small Business Classic).
A reminder that spectators who show a Fifth Third Bank debit or credit card at the admission gate today get in free.
ACE Group Classic
Sunday's final-round tee times
No. 1 Tee
9:15 a.m. -- Peter Jacobsen, Bonita Springs; Tom Kite, Austin, Texas; Steve Pate, Westlake Village, Calif.
9:25 a.m. -- Craig Stadler, Evergreen, Colo.; Hale Irwin, Paradise Valley, Ariz; D.A. Weibring, Frisco, Texas
9:35 a.m. -- Loren Roberts Memphis/Calusa Pines GC; Peter Senior, Queensland, Australia; Dave Rummells Kissimmee
9:45 a.m. -- Joe Daley Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mark Wiebe, Denver; Gary Koch, Tampa
9:55 a.m. -- Fuzzy Zoeller, Floyds Knobs, Ind./Naples National GC; Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla.; Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz.
10:05 a.m. -- Bobby Clampett, Bonita Springs; Chip Beck, Lake Forest, Ill./Grey Oaks; Gil Morgan, Edmond, Okla.
10:15 a.m. -- Jim Gallagher Jr., Greenwood, Miss.; J.L. Lewis, Austin, Texas; Jim Rutledge, Victoria, Canada
10:25 a.m. -- P.H. Horgan III, West Palm Beach; Jim Carter, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Rod Spittle, Columbus, Ohio
10:35 a.m. -- Mark Calcavecchia, Tequesta; Jeff Sluman, Hinsdale, Ill./Calusa Pines GC; John Cook, Orlando
10:45 a.m. -- Russ Cochran, Paducah, Ky.; Dan Forsman, Provo, Utah; Jay Don Blake, St. George, Utah
10:55 a.m. -- Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y.; Bill Glasson, Stillwater, Okla.; Jay Haas, Greer, S.C.
11:05 a.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Munich, Germany; Mike Goodes, Reidsville, N.C.; David Frost, Paarl, South Africa
11:15 a.m. -- Kenny Perry, Franklin, Ky.; Larry Mize, Columbus, Ga.; Tom Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz.
No. 10 Tee
9:15 a.m. -- Nick Price, Hobe Sound; Corey Pavin, Dallas; Chien Soon Lu, Taipei, Taiwan
9:25 a.m. -- Olin Browne, Tequesta; John Harris, Minneapolis, Minn./Calusa Pines GC; David Eger, Charlotte, N.C.
9:35 a.m. -- Tom Jenkins, Austin, Texas; Ben Crenshaw, Austin, Texas; Morris Hatalsky, Ponte Vedra Beach
9:45 a.m. -- Mark McNulty, Orlando; Jeff Hart, Solana Beach, Calif.; Tom Purtzer, Scottsdale, Ariz.
9:55 a.m. -- Mike Reid, Westminster, Md.; Jim Thorpe, Heathrow; Brad Faxon, Barrington, R.I.
10:05 a.m. -- John Huston, Palm Harbor; Bob Gilder, Corvallis, Ore.; Gary Hallberg, Castle Rock, Colo./Calusa Pines GC
10:15 a.m. -- Larry Nelson, Marietta, Ga.; Vicente Fernandez LaProvidencia RCC, Argentina; David Peoples Germantown, Tenn.
10:25 a.m. -- Ben Bates, Pensacola; Brad Bryant, Lakeland; Bruce Fleisher, Greenville, S.C.
10:35 a.m. -- Allen Doyle, La Grange, Ga.; Steve Lowery, Birmingham, Ala.; Tommy Armour III, Las Colinas, Texas
10:45 a.m. -- Mike Hulbert, Orlando; Scott Simpson, San Diego, Calif.; Wayne Levi, Naples/Tiburon GC
10:55 a.m. -- Curtis Strange, Morehead City, N.C.; Ted Schulz Louisville, Ky.; Dana Quigley West Palm Beach
11:05 a.m. -- Mark Brooks, Austin, Texas; Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra Beach; Jim Colbert, Big Horn CC, Palm Desert, Calif.
11:15 a.m. -- Lanny Wadkins, Dallas; Bobby Wadkins, Richmond, Va.; Kip P. Byrne, Palm City