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February 15-17


THE ACE GROUP CLASSIC


KENNY PERRY is a modest, unassuming guy but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his fair share of pride.


He came to the final hole of last year’s ACE Group Classic with a six-stroke lead and an eye on the tournament record Bernhard Langer had set the year before. But when he hit a poor drive, he knew he had his work cut out for himself—and got the job done. “I really wanted that (final) putt (for bogey),” said Perry, whose victory was his second on the Champions Tour. “I really wanted to shoot 20-under. I didn’t want to fall back to 19 like I did at Colonial one year. I had a seven-stroke lead coming in and I doubled 18 and I went from 21 to 19. I said, ‘I ain’t doing that this week.’ So, I was able to get that putt in. I’m ecstatic. It’s a great win for me.”


PERRY GOT OFF TO A FAST START Perry opened with rounds of 64 and 62 to break the Champion Tour’s 36-hole record— in relation to par—at 18-under 126, and then finished with a 2-under-par 70 on The TwinEagles Club’s Talon Course to beat Langer by five strokes. “He played very, very well,” said Tom Lehman, who was paired with Perry on Sunday and watched his performance in the strong, gusty winds with appreciation. “Two- under par today is a very good score. He was


Kenny Perry played virtually error- free throughout the last day.


pretty much error-free throughout the day. It was tough to get any pressure on him.” Perry tied Allen Doyle’s 1999 tournament record for the largest margin of victory. He had 24 birdies, two short of the Tour record for a 54-hole event. ■


CHECK THIS OUT Kenny Perry became the 10th player to win


the ACE Group Classic in his first appearance in the event.


Mark Calcavecchia’s streak of consecutive top-10 finishes ended at eight straight with his tie for 12th at The ACE Group Classic.


Kenny Perry claimed his second career title on the Champions Tour and the victory came in his 15th career start. Perry’s first victory came in the fall of 2011 at the SAS Championship in his 11th career start.


The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course) (Par 72/7,193 yards) Naples, Florida


Course Insight THE TWINEAGLES CLUB (TALON COURSE)


TwinEagles was designed by Jack Nicklaus and his oldest son, Jack II, and like most Nicklaus designs, it favors players with some length but accuracy is a must since it is important to land your approaches in the proper places on the undulating greens. Oaks, palm trees, lakes, bunkers, mounding and natural cypress hammocks make the course as scenic as it is challenging. TwinEagles has been awarded top honors in its


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP UPDATE PLAYER


Dan Forsman Corey Pavin


Bernhard Langer Kenny Perry Michael Allen Jay Haas John Cook


Jay Don Blake Peter Senior Gary Hallberg


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POINTS 307


270 259 240 239 203 200 186 158 144


37 48 67 68


104 107 121 149 163


category from the Council for Sustainable Florida. The Sustainable Florida awards recognize efforts to protect and restore Florida’s natural resources. The course is an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary and the club partners with environmental groups and has an ongoing commitment to nature.


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 1


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Tournament Record 196, Bernhard Langer, 2011; Kenny Perry, 2012


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Tommy Armour III, 2010 (The Quarry)


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Ticket Information www.theacegroupclassic.com


PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 133


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