ACE GROUP CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Penalty shots cap bad day for Bob Tway

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Bernhard Langer reacts after missing a close putt on the 17th green during the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club in Naples on Saturday Feb. 16, 2013. For the rest of the story, go to sports.

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William DeShazer/Staff Bernhard Langer reacts after missing a close putt on the 17th green during the ACE Group Classic at TwinEagles Club in Naples on Saturday Feb. 16, 2013. For the rest of the story, go to sports.

Bob Tway went from a tie for third after the first round to a tie for 39th after the second round following a two-stroke penalty in the ACE Group Classic on Saturday at TwinEagles Club.

It was the second straight tournament at TwinEagles, a penalty shot came into play.

In the LPGA Tour's CME Group Titleholders, which was played at TwinEagles' other course, The Eagle, back in November, South Korea's Sun Young Yoo received a penalty for not making her drop at shoulder height. Yoo also was in contention, then finished well back.

Tway, who declined comment afterward, already was struggling. He was even for the day through 12 holes, and in a tie for third, but bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14. Then on No. 16, a par 3, he was in the rough, short of the green. As he prepared to hit a pitch shot, the ball moved slightly after he had addressed it. Golf Channel analyst Dave Marr III said "That ball moved," and a few replays of it were shown.

Tway ended up bogeying the hole after his chip, then double bogeyed No. 17. The bogey on No. 16 turned into a triple bogey after the penalty.

Tour rules official Brian Claar met Tway after the round.

"First off, this part of the job stinks," Claar said. "When I said 'Bob, I need to talk to you.' He said 'Is it about the ball moving on 16?,' and I said 'Yes.' Bob saw it move, but he didn't think he did anything to cause it. There is nothing to question about Bob Tway's character."

Tway waved off a Golf Channel interview request.

Qualifier in top 10: Jeff Freeman, a Tuesday qualifier for the Ace Group Classic, has put himself into contention with rounds of 68-70. The Winter Garden native has braved the elements of rain and wind on Friday and Saturday for a tie for eighth with Gene Sauers and Fred Funk at 8 under.

"The conditions were a lot worse today, the conditions (Friday) were perfect to score because there was no wind at all," Freeman said. "It was windy, who are we kidding? I was hitting 3-wood into par 3s."

Two years ago, Freeman was working in a cart barn at The Country Club of Orlando and giving lessons to its members. Freeman's son, Kiefer, is on the bag this week, and for the father-son duo a strong finish today could make one of the best stories of this year's tournament.

" I'm trying to make the most of this opportunity, of course, I would love to be in contention by the end of (today)," Freeman said.

Going low in the wind: Gene Sauers shot a 5-under-par 67, equaling the low round of the day. Rocco Mediate, a Calusa Pines Golf Club member, matched it.

"Overall, I played very smart today," Sauers said. "I concentrated on fairways and greens today. Started out shaky, but got it back and made the putts I'm supposed to make. Those 6- to 8-footers went in for me today. You got to let the wind be your friend, and that's what I did today."

The wind also affects more than the golf ball in the air. It affects golfers when they're swinging, when they're choosing what club to hit, and even when they're putting.

"Wind was up today and the greens are not really fast here but they can be slick," Sauers said. "So when you're over a putt and the wind is howling, it's hard to keep your body still and make those putts."

Mediate vaulted 35 spots into a tie for 11th. Sauers moved up 24 spots into a tie for eighth.

Course breakdown: The wind pushed the average score up two shots from 73.300 compared to 71.087 on Friday. There were only 10 scores in the 60s Saturday, compared to 24 in the first round. After seven eagles in the first round, there were only three Saturday, all on No. 6. There were 303 birdies Friday, and 219 on Saturday.

Steve Jones made the only birdie on the par-3 12th, and it ranked as the second-most difficult hole at 3.350. The par-4 7th was the most difficult at 4.413.

MyMiles Fore NCH: Spectators seized the lead in the friendly competition, logging 39.74 total miles with their pedometers. The Champions Tour players, represented by Larry Mize (6.38) and Tom Pernice Jr. (4.83) recorded 11.2 miles, moving the players' total to 80 miles walked since the competition began Tuesday.

Cabins at Calusa: Five players in the field — Jeff Sluman, Loren Roberts, Gary Hallberg, John Harris and Rocco Mediate — are members at nearby Calusa Pines Golf Club, and some of them, plus others in the field, are staying at cabins on the course.

Mediate, Sluman, Olin Browne, Willie Wood and Jay Haas are in cabins. Tom Lehman, Fred Funk, Ben Crenshaw, Hal Sutton and Mark Wiebe also have come to either practice or play.

"Anytime you get three or four buddies in a cabin, you're going to have fun," Sluman said. "We watch Golf Channel all night and have something to eat, and that's what I love about Champions Tour events because you'd rarely do that on the regular tour."

Subway Family Putt for Dough: The weeklong daily winners hit the 18th green after play on Saturday to try to win $50,000. To win the grand prize, participants had to sink three putts – one at 10 feet, one at 30 feet and one at 50 feet.

Ryan Fitzwater, who holed a putt on Friday to qualify, was the Saturday Shootout winner, and while he didn't walk away with the $50,000, he still won free Subway for a year.

Today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., spectators still will be able to test their skills on the TwinEagles chipping green for Subway prizes.

First Tee: The First Tee of Naples/Collier raised $6,000 from its Deal or No Deal night during the pro-am party Tuesday night. This was the third year for the program. First Tee members held numbered cases with a professional's name inside, then amateur teams could pick a number, and then choose to take that pro, or make a donation to First Tee.

First Tee members also are honorary observers, and other shave been handing the pros their scorecards to start each round.

Chip shots: Loren Roberts' string of par or better rounds in Naples was snapped at 22 straight after a 4-over 76 on Saturday. Roberts won in 2006 and 2009. ... Defending champion Kenny Perry shot a 73, and is tied for 17th. He'll have left knee surgery Tuesday. ... Scott Hoch, the 2008 champion, shot a 4-under 68, and moved up 38 places into a tie for 17th. Hoch hasn't played since the AT&T Championship in 2011 after surgery on his left thumb.

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