Round two of the 2017 Chubb Classic will kick off at 10:35am on Saturday, February 18.
Chubb Classic celebrates 30 years with inaugural 1988 champion, Gary Player
Naples, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials announced today that Gary Player, the 1988 inaugural champion, will be in attendance at the 2017 Chubb Classic to help celebrate its 30th anniversary in southwest Florida. The Chubb Classic will take place February 13 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club.
Regarded as one of the greatest players in golf history, Mr. Player has won 167 tournaments world-wide spanning seven decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Mr. Player is a three-time champion of the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978) and The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974), while also having claimed victories at the PGA Championship (1962, 1972) and U.S. Open (1965) throughout his career on the PGA Tour. He is still one of only 5 golfers ever to complete the Grand Slam of all four Major Championships.
The year 1988 marked the PGA TOUR Champions first year in Naples held at The Club at Pelican Bay. Mr. Player finished top of the leaderboard by one stroke to become the events inaugural champion for his ninth PGA TOUR Champions victory. The Chubb Classic will welcome Gary Player back to Naples during the celebration of its 30th year in southwest Florida. Mr. Player will tee it up in the official pro-am tournament and kick-off the first round of championship play with an honorary tee shot prior to the first round Friday morning, February 17.
“To see any event stay in one community for 30 years is truly special,” said Gary Player, the Black Knight and World Golf Hall of Fame member. “I am honored to have been a part of its first year in 1988 and look forward to joining the 30th year celebration during the 2017 Chubb Classic.”
To purchase tickets, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.
24 junior participants from across the country will compete at The TwinEagles Club
Naples, Fla. – On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chubb Classic has invited junior golfers from across the country to participate in a three-day competition at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Fla. During the Chubb Classic, February 13 – 19, two participants from 12 different First Tee chapters (24 total participants) will travel to Naples in hopes of claiming victory of the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.
“It is an honor for me to represent The First Tee of Naples/Collier in the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge,” said Makenzie Hotchkiss, participant from The First Tee of Naples/Collier. “Matt and I are so excited to be the host participants for this year’s event and cannot wait to meet the other 22 First Tee players next month. The First Tee has given me so many great opportunities not only on the golf course, but in life as well. I am so grateful to everyone involved.”
The 2017 challenge boasts a 24 player field in which 23 junior golfers will compete in the program for the first time. One participant from The First Tee of West Michigan, Dominic Luciani, will return in February for his second straight year competing in the Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge.
“I am so excited to travel to Naples and represent The First Tee of West Michigan again,” said Dominic Luciani, returning junior participant from The First Tee of West Michigan. “Having participated in last year’s event, I know a bit more about what to expect and cannot wait to return – I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”
For full biographies on each First Tee participant listed below, please CLICK HERE.
The First Tee of Atlanta
Alejandra Ayala Jazmyne Everett
17 years old 16 years old
Junior, Alpharetta High School Junior, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School
The First Tee of Baltimore
Kendel Abrams Jairus Gaines
16 years old 16 years old
Junior, Susquehannock High School Junior, Gilman School
The First Tee of Chicago
Chloe Morrissey Raquel Simpson
14 years old 14 years old
Freshman, Warren Township High School Freshman, Walter Payton College Prep High School
The First Tee of Cleveland
Ben Cawley Nathan Lewandowski
16 years old 16 years old
Junior, Shaker Heights High School Junior, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School
The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Matt Ariza Makenzie Hotchkiss
16 years old 17 years old
Junior, Gulf Coast High School Senior, Barron Collier High School
The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas
Brinkley Beever Dalton McGinnis
16 years old 14 years old
Junior, Siloam Springs High School Freshman, Deer High School
The First Tee of Philadelphia
Leonard Gipson Riley Quartermain
15 years old 13 years old
Freshman, Father Judge High School 8th Grade, Haverford Middle School
The First Tee of Pittsburgh
Madison Bartone Victoria Slawinski
15 years old 16 years old
Sophomore, Mount Lebanon High School Sophomore, Bethel Park High School
The First Tee of Roanoke Valley
Alisa Caraballo John Ferguson
16 years old 17 years old
Sophomore, Home Schooled Junior, Franklin County High School
The First Tee of the Triangle
Sara Allen Nyilah Anderson
17 years old 17 years old
Senior, Franklin Academy High School Senior, Charles E. Jordan High School
The First Tee of the Twin Cities
David Kehr Parker Reddig
17 years old 17 years old
Senior, Highland Park Senior High School Senior, Shattuck-Saint Mary’s School
The First Tee of West Michigan
Owen Kruer Dominic Luciani
16 years old 15 years old
Sophomore, Jenison High School Sophomore, East Grand Rapids High School
Two-Day Food, Beer & Wine Festival Returns to the Chubb Classic
Tickets on sale now for upgraded food and beverage experience during the 2017 PGA TOUR Champions event
NAPLES, Fla. – Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, a two-day food, beer, wine and spirits festival, returns to the Chubb Classic February 17 and 18 at The TwinEagles Club. Held in conjunction with the PGA TOUR Champions event, Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac will offer spectators an upgraded food and beverage experience on the TwinEagles Driving Range Friday and Saturday of event week.
“We’re excited to bring back the two-day festival during this year’s event and celebrate the region’s best restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and more,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director. “This event will offer an upgraded tasting experience for golf fans and provide local foodies with a taste of their favorites all in one spot.”
Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac ticket holders will be invited to sample tastes from some of Naples’ best restaurants. Local and national craft beer, wine and spirits will also be paired with menu items and featured on the TwinEagles Driving Range during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic.
General admission tickets to Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac are $35 per day and include access to the food festival on selected day, as well as general grounds admission into the Chubb Classic on respective day. Upgrade any one Chubb Classic ticket to include food festival access for only $20 per day and enjoy unlimited food and beverage samples. Only a limited amount of tickets are available for purchase each day.
For more information on Taste of SW Florida presented by Cadillac, to purchase tickets, or to get involved as a participating vendor or restaurant, please visit www.ChubbClassic.com or call the tournament office at (239) 593-3900.
Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge
Returns to the Chubb Classic
Challenge grows to twelve First Tee Chapters including The First Tee of Naples/Collier
Naples, Fla. – The Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will expand to 12 First Tee Chapters from throughout the country when it returns to the Chubb Classic for its seventh year, February 17 – 19, 2017. On behalf of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, 24 First Tee participants (two participants from each of the 12 different Chapters) will participate in a three-day golf competition taking place during the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, Florida.
All nine participating Chapters from the 2016 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge will return for the 2017 event, including defending champions The First Tee of Chicago, The First Tee of Naples/Collier, The First Tee of Pittsburgh, The First Tee of Roanoke Valley, The First Tee of West Michigan, The First Tee of the Triangle, The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas and The First Tee of Atlanta. The remaining three Chapters making their debut at the 2017 event include The First Tee of the Twin Cities, The First Tee of Baltimore and The First Tee of Cleveland.
“Representing Chicago in the 2016 First Tee Champions Challenge, winning the tournament and having my name in the event’s history is an honor I will never forget,” said Abdel Raoul, The First Tee of Chicago participant and one of the 2016 Champions. “The event provided a VIP experience, including inside the ropes exposure and access to the PGA TOUR Champions players. All the First Tee participants showed terrific sportsmanship throughout the Challenge demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends from across the country and thank The First Tee of Naples/Collier and the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau for being amazing hosts.”
During the 2017 event, 24 participants will play a total of nine holes each of the three days of competition with an alternative format each day. On Friday, the teams will play in a scramble, followed by a modified alternate shot on Saturday and closing with a better ball format on Sunday. The Chapter in which earns the highest amount of points throughout all three formats will be named the 2017 Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge winners.
“We are thrilled to once again extend our support to the ever-growing Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge as it returns to the Chubb Classic,” said Jack Wert, Executive Director, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The amount of dedication and the impressive skillset these junior golfers bring to the game is admiral to golfers and fans of all ages. We look forward to another exciting year and wish all First Tee participants great success in this year’s event.”
Ticket options by may be purchased online or over the phone by calling the Tournament Office at (239) 593-3900. Please see ticketing options in detail below.
Enjoy Championship play from some of the best seats at the Tournament and experience the 18th Green excitement within the Talon Club, an open-air hospitality suite, inclusive of appetizers, beer and wine. Hospitality tickets are valid for access to an on-site VIP parking lot (valid for respective day only).
Daily Talon Club – $125 (valid any one day, Friday through Sunday)
Weekly Talon Club – $325 (valid Friday through Sunday)
General admission tickets provide grounds access to the Tournament venue on respective day. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas located throughout the course for spectators.
Daily General Admission – $15 (valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday)
Weekly General Admission – $30 (valid Tuesday through Sunday)
Final-Round Notes – Saturday, February 14, 2016
Weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs in the low-70s. Winds from the NW at 8-15 mph.
Despite posting a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, Bernhard Langer still managed to prevail by three strokes over Fred Couples and claim the inaugural Chubb Classic at The TwinEagles Club in Naples, the 26th victory in his PGA TOUR Champions career. Langer had started the day with a seven-stroke advantage, but did not make his first birdie until No. 11 as others began to close the gap, including Couples. During a seven-hole stretch, Couples ran off four birdies and an eagle to get within two strokes with a birdie at No. 17 and a Langer bogey at No. 15. However, Couples saw his chances derailed when he made a bogey at No. 18 which increased Langer’s lead to three strokes. Despite a third bogey at No. 18, Langer held on to claim his third Chubb Classic crown.
With His Victory…..
the all-time victory list behind Hale Irwin (45 wins) and Lee Trevino (29).
Bernhard Langer wins a second event on the PGA TOUR Champions for the third time. Langer also won the 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic, 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic, and 2014 Insperity Invitational.
With the win, Bernhard Langer became the 16th consecutive winner to come out of the final
grouping at this tournament. The last time it didn’t happen was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back and eventually triumphed in a playoff.
In seven appearances in this tournament, Langer owns three wins, a pair of second-place finishes, a T3 and a T4. He has amassed $1,152,267, an average of $164,610 per start.
By going wire-to-wire Bernhard Langer became just the fourth winner in the 29-year history of the tournament to earn that distinction. Langer also went wire-to-wire in 2013. The other two winners were Lee Trevino (1990) and Allen Doyle (1999).
After an absence of six years, Fred Couples enjoyed another successful tournament in Naples. A winner in 2010, Couples made a late run at Bernhard Langer, finishing three strokes back and in sole possession of second place.
Bernhard Langer’s 1-over-par 73 ended a streak of 19 consecutive sub-par rounds dating back to last year.
Jesper Parnevik had his best finish on the PGA TOUR Champions with his T3 finish. It included a 5-under-par 67 in the final round.
Brandt Jobe, the medalist at last fall’s National Qualifying Tournament in Scottsdale, finished T6 in just his third start on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Defending champion Lee Janzen finished T17.
NAPLES, Fla. – Chubb Classic and PGA TOUR Champions officials announced the final field for the 2016 Chubb Classic, taking place February 9 – 14, at the TwinEagles Club in Naples.
2016 Chubb Classic: Final Field
*Hall of Fame Member <Former Champion $ Top 30 Money List
Michael Allen $
Stephen Ames $
Billy Andrade $
Tommy Armour III
Woody Austin $
Jay Don Blake
Olin Browne $
Bart Bryant $
Russ Cochran $
Fred Couples*< $
Marco Dawson $
Scott Dunlap $
Joe Durant $
David Frost $
Paul Goydos $
Lee Janzen< $
Bernhard Langer* < $
Tom Lehman $
Jeff Maggert $
Colin Montgomerie* $
Mark O’Meara* $
Tom Pernice Jr. $
Kenny Perry< $
Gene Sauers $
Wes Short, Jr. $
Jeff Sluman $
Jerry Smith $
Kevin Sutherland $
Esteban Toledo $
Kirk Triplett< $
Duffy Waldorf $
Ian Woosnam $
Spectators can now purchase tickets and parking passes online at www.chubbclassic.com. Multiple ticket options are available, including The Talon Club, an 18 green hospitality suite, Champions Club Box seats and the Ultimate Golf Experience Book, which features discounted rates to 25 courses in the SW Florida area and comes with two weekly general admission tickets.
Kids 17 and younger will receive free admission to the tournament when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The Chubb Classic also provides free general admission to all active and retired military personnel, with valid Military ID, and their families.
NAPLES, Fla. – Chubb Classic officials have announced that Friday, February 12 will be designated as Waste Management Go Green Day, and the first 1,200 spectators to enter the grounds wearing green will receive a Go Green item courtesy of Waste Management Inc. of Florida. The tournament takes place at TwinEagles Golf Club February 9 – 14.
Waste Management will hold a drawing on-site on Friday, February 12th at the Chubb Classic for a spectator to win two tickets to the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open and a $500 gift card for travel expenses. Waste Management will have booths at both entry ways as well as the expo tent within the Chubb Classic Expo Village where all spectators 18 years of age and over may enter to win.
Also inside the Waste Management Expo Tent, spectators will learn more about the importance of recycling correctly as well as Waste Management’s latest $35 million investment in replacing their fleet of collection vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles that save 8-10,000 gallons of diesel fuel per truck, per year. In this interactive display, spectators will have another opportunity to win one of WM’s signature die-cast toy collection trucks on a putting green.
Chubb Classic officials have taken the pledge to Recycle Often. Recycle Right. ® at this event. Working with Waste Management, the tournament will be providing educational signage and recycling containers to encourage spectators to recycle correctly. Prior to the event, Waste Management will also be providing training to the tournament staff and volunteers to increase its recycling efforts. Tournament officials encourage spectators to show their support for protecting the environment by wearing green on Go Green Day.
“Partnerships like the Go Green Day with the Chubb Classic allow us the opportunity to reach a broader audience and together, we can contribute to a cleaner, greener environment by encouraging residents to Recycle Often and Recycle Right,” said Larry Berg, Sr. District Manager of Waste Management Inc. of Florida.
For additional information on the Waste Management Go Green Day or to purchase tickets please visit www.chubbclassic.com.