ACE Group Classic

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ACE Group Classic
Tournament information
Location Naples, Florida
Established 1988
Course(s) TwinEagles Golf Course (Talon Course)
Par 72
Length 7,300 yards (6,700 m)
Tour(s) Champions Tour
Format Stroke play – 54 holes
(no cut)
Prize fund $1.6 million
Month played February
Tournament record score
Aggregate 196 Kenny Perry (2012)
196 Bernhard Langer (2011)
To par –20 Kenny Perry (2012)
–20 Bernhard Langer (2011)
Current champion
United States Kirk Triplett

The ACE Group Classic is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour for golfers 50 years of age and older. It is traditionally played in February in Naples, Florida. It has been played at a variety of courses. The ACE Group is the main sponsor of the tournament.

The purse for the 2012 tournament was US$1,600,000, with $240,000 going to the winner. The tournament was founded in 1988 as the Aetna Challenge. The event is managed by Octagon.

Host courses[edit]

Years Course
1988–90 The Club at Pelican Bay
1991–95 The Vineyards Golf and Country Club
1996 The Classics at Lely Resort
1997–99 Bay Colony Golf Club
2000–01 Pelican Marsh Golf Club
2002–06 The Club at TwinEagles
2007–08 Quail West Golf and Country Club
2009 TPC Treviso Bay
2010–11 The Quarry
2012 TwinEagles GC (Talon Course)

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Winning score Margin Purse ($)
ACE Group Classic
2014 Feb 14–16 Kirk Triplett  United States 200 (−16) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2013 Feb 15–17 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany 204 (–12) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2012 Feb 17–19 Kenny Perry  United States 196 (–20) 5 strokes 1,600,000
The ACE Group Classic
2011 Feb 18–20 Bernhard Langer  Germany 196 (–20) 4 strokes 1,600,000
2010 Feb 19–21 Fred Couples  United States 199 (–17) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2009 Feb 20–22 Loren Roberts (2)  United States 209 (–7) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2008 Feb 15–17 Scott Hoch  United States 202 (–14) Playoff 1,600,000
2007 Feb 23–25 Bobby Wadkins  United States 201 (–15) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2006 Feb 17–19 Loren Roberts  United States 202 (–14) 1 stroke 1,600,000
2005 Feb 18–20 Mark James  England 203 (–13) 2 strokes 1,600,000
2004 Feb 20–22 Craig Stadler  United States 209 (–7) 1 stroke 1,600,000
ACE Group Classic
2003 Feb 14–16 Vicente Fernández  Argentina 202 (–14) 3 strokes 1,600,000
2002 Feb 8–10 Hale Irwin (2)  United States 200 (–16) 1 stroke 1,500,000
2001 Feb 9–11 Gil Morgan (2)  United States 204 (–12) 2 strokes 1,400,000
2000 Feb 11–13 Lanny Wadkins  United States 202 (–14) Playoff 1,200,000
1999 Feb 26–28 Allen Doyle  United States 203 (–13) 5 strokes 1,200,000
LG Championship
1998 Feb 6–8 Gil Morgan  United States 210 (–6) 2 strokes 1,200,000
1997 Feb 7–9 Hale Irwin  United States 201 (–15) 1 stroke 1,000,000
Greater Naples IntelliNet Challenge
1996 Feb 9–11 Al Geiberger  United States 202 (–14) 1 stroke 600,000
The IntelliNet Challenge
1995 Feb 11–12 Bob Murphy  United States 137 (–7) 1 stroke 600,000
1994 Feb 18–20 Mike Hill (2)  United States 201 (–15) 3 strokes 500,000
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Challenge
1993 Feb 12–14 Mike Hill  United States 202 (–14) 2 strokes 500,000
Aetna Challenge
1992 Feb 7–9 Jimmy Powell  United States 197 (–19) 4 strokes 450,000
1991 Feb 15–17 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 205 (–11) 1 stroke 450,000
1990 Feb 16–18 Lee Trevino  United States 200 (–16) 1 stroke 400,000
1989 Feb 24–26 Gene Littler  United States 209 (–7) 2 strokes 300,000
1988 Feb 26–28 Gary Player  South Africa 207 (–9) 1 stroke 300,000

Multiple winners[edit]

Six players have won this tournament more than once through 2014.

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