Couples Wins 2017 Chubb Classic!

Player To Par Scores Earnings
1. Fred Couples -16 68-65-67 – 200 $240,000
2. Miguel Angel Jimenez -13 65-67-71 – 203 $140,800
T3. Jerry Kelly -11 68-71-66 – 205 $96,000
T3. Jeff Sluman -11 68-69-68 – 205 $96,000
T3. Rod Spittle -11 68-68-69 – 205 $96,000

Fred Couples, 68-65-67 – 200 (-16)

  • The win is Couples’ 12th victory on PGA TOUR Champions, and first since he defeated Billy Andrade in a playoff to win the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic.
  • In three appearances at the Chubb Classic, Couples has two wins (2010, 2017) and a second-place finish (2016). His win in 2010 came at The Quarry, and it was his first victory on PGA TOUR Champions.
  • Prior to this week’s win, he finished second at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and tied for sixth last week at the Allianz Championship. Dating back to 2015, he has 13 top-10s in his last 17 tournaments.
  • With the victory, he has supplanted Bernhard Langer and claimed the top spot in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Langer had been No. 1 ever since he won the Regions Tradition on May 22, 2016, a span of 18 tournaments. Before Langer, the last player to lead the standings was Woody Austin, who won twice in April 2016.
  • This is the first time Couples has led the money list since July 2010. Langer won the U.S. Senior Open and overtook Couples on the money list on Aug. 1, 2010.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, 65-67-71 – 203 (-13)

  • Bogey-free through two rounds, Jimenez opened with a bogey on the first hole and relinquished his one-shot lead. He followed with seven consecutive pars and fell three strokes behind Couples before making his first birdie of the day on No. 9.
  • On the back nine, Jimenez never got closer than two strokes, as he and Couples made identical scores on Nos. 10-17, including birdies on Nos. 14 and 17.
  • He is now 2-for-7 in converting a Saturday-night lead into a victory, winning the 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in this fashion. When he won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last April, he was in third place entering the final round.
  • Jimenez hit 45 of 54 greens in regulation, tied with Joe Durant for best percentage this week. In 2016, Jimenez hit 71.05 percent of greens in regulation, the 13th best mark on Tour.
  • In 24 career starts on PGA TOUR Champions, he has 15 top-10s, including five runner-ups, and one win in each of his three seasons.

Other notes

  • For the 17th year in a row, the winner of the Chubb Classic played in the final grouping. The last time the winner did not play in the last group was in 2000 when Lanny Wadkins needed a final-round 64 to rally from three strokes back, eventually winning in a playoff.
  • Rod Spittle carded a final-round 69 and finished tied for third, which gives him entry into the next tournament, the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. He was the last player into the field, as he gained entry 10 minutes before his 9:45 a.m. tee time Friday when John Harris withdrew.
  • Making his PGA TOUR Champions debut, Jerry Kelly carded a 66 Sunday and moved from a tie for 19th and into a tie for third.
  • Jeff Sluman closed with a bogey-free 68 and finished tied for third. It was his best showing at this event in 10 tries, with his previous best being a tie for sixth in his debut in 2008.
  • When Bernhard Langer made his fifth birdie of the day on No. 7, he grabbed a share of the lead at 12-under with Sutherland and Couples. Going to the par-5 17th, he was within two shots of the lead, but fell out of contention when he found the greenside hazard twice leading to a triple bogey.
  • Langer finished tied for sixth after carding a final-round 69, his 29th consecutive round under par. The streak began with the first round of last year’s Boeing Classic, and in that span his scoring average is 67.34.
  • Colin Montgomerie finished tied for 20th after carding a 71, extending his streak to 30 consecutive rounds under par. The streak began with the final round at the Boeing Classic, and his scoring average in that span is 67.97.
  • Scott Parel led the field with 17 birdies this week, helping him to a T10 finish. Parel was co-medalist at PGA TOUR Champions Q-School in December and was one of five players to earn fully-exempt status through the qualifying tournament.
  • Larry Mize and Brad Faxon carded 7-under-par 65s, the day’s lowest rounds. Mize moved from T38 to T10, while Faxon went from T61 to T25.

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2017 First Tee Champions Challenge Results

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Golf to Paradise – First Tee Champions Challenge

Final Standings

POS Chapter TOTAL RD 3 RD 2 RD 1
1 The First Tee of the Twin Cities 100.3 35 36.8 28.5
2 The First Tee of Roanoke Valley 102.2 36 38.2 28.0
3 The First Tee of Naples/Collier 104.3 33 39.8 31.5
4 The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia 107.9 36 39.4 32.5
5 The First Tee of the Triangle 108.2 39 40.2 29.0
6 The First Tee of Atlanta 110.2 39 39.2 32.0
7 The First Tee of Chicago 111.2 37 45.2 29.0
8 The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas 114.1 38 42.6 33.5
9 The First Tee of Baltimore 115.2 39 44.2 32.0
10 The First Tee of West Michigan 115.4 39 39.4 37.0
11 The First Tee of Cleveland 117.1 37 45.6 34.5
12 The First Tee of Pittsburgh 124.8 39 45.8 40.0

To view a complete list of participants and bios, please click here.

Chubb Classic Announces Final Field List

Includes 10 Hall of Fame members, 8 past champions and 35 / 36 of the Top Players from the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup Standings

Naples, Fla. – The PGA TOUR Champions and Chubb Classic officials announced the final field for the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic, taking place February 13 – 19, at The TwinEagles Club.  Eight past champions, 10 Hall of Fame members and 35 of the top 36 players from the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup standings are represented.

“The Naples community has put forth tremendous support of the Chubb Classic for 30 years, and I’m excited to return to TwinEagles to compete in this year’s event,” said Fred Couples.  “Winning my first PGA TOUR Champions title here [Naples PGA TOUR Champions event] in 2010 was a special moment in my career, and I’m hopeful that I can build on that success next week.”

The 2017 Chubb Classic field welcomes new additions to the PGA TOUR Champions and many new faces to Naples such as John Daly, David Toms, Jerry Kelly, Jose Maria Olazabal, Paul Broadhurst and Billy Mayfair.  See below for a complete field list.

Michael Allen $ Fred Funk $ Sandy Lyle * Jeff Sluman $
Stephen Ames Bobby Gage Jeff Maggert $ Jerry Smith $
Billy Andrade $ Doug Garwood $ Billy Mayfair Kevin Sutherland $
Tommy Armour III $ Mike Goodes $ Scott McCarron $ Hal Sutton
Woody Austin $ Paul Goydos $ Rocco Mediate $ Jim Thorpe
Michael Bradley Jay Haas $ Larry Mize Esteban Toledo $
Paul Broadhurst $ Gary Hallberg Colin Montgomerie * $ David Toms
Olin Browne $ Todd Hamilton Gil Morgan < Bob Tway
Bart Bryant $ John Harris Larry Nelson * Scott Verplank
Tom Byrum $ Scott Hoch < Mark O’Meara * Duffy Waldorf $
Mark Calcavecchia Hale Irwin * < Jose Maria Olazabal * Ian Woosnam **
Russ Cochran Lee Janzen < Scott Parel
John Cook Miguel Angel Jimenez $ Jesper Parnevik $ * Hall of Fame Member
Fred Couples * < Brandt Jobe $ Tom Pernice Jr. $ ** To be inducted into Hall of Fame in 2017
John Daly Jerry Kelly Kenny Perry <
Glen Day Skip Kendall Phillip Price < Former Champion
Scott Dunlap $ Tom Kite * Fran Quinn
Joe Durant $ Gary Koch Loren Roberts < $ Top 36 Charles Schwab Cup Standings
Brad Faxon Bernhard Langer * < $ Gene Sauers $
Carlos Franco $ Tom Lehman $ Wes Short, Jr. $
David Frost $ Steve Lowery Joey Sindelar $

Tickets and parking passes are available for purchase online at www.ChubbClassic.com or by calling the tournament office at 239-593-3900.

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.

Participating SUBWAY® restaurants Offer Weekly Ticket Discounts to the 2017 Chubb Classic

All ticket offer purchasers will be entered to win the Ultimate Golf Experience

during Event week.

Naples, Fla. – SUBWAY® restaurants and the Chubb Classic partner to provide discounted ticket offers and upgraded experiences during the 30th anniversary of the PGA TOUR Champions event in Naples.  The Southwest Florida community will have the opportunity to take advantage of a two-for-one weekly ticket promotion, as well as a special sweepstakes for all ticket offer purchasers.  In addition, SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough and the chance to win $50,000 returns to the 2017 event, February 14 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club.

“The continued partnership with SUBWAY® restaurants allows us to thank the SW Florida community for their support through discounted ticket offers and upgraded experiences,” said Matt Hilliker, Tournament Director.  “We’re excited to once again partner with SUBWAY® restaurants to provide enhanced on-site experiences through SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough and the enter to win sweepstakes.”

SUBWAY® restaurants offers include:

Two-for-one Weekly Ticket Promotion – From Tuesday, January 24 to Sunday, February 19, participating SUBWAY® restaurants will offer fans the opportunity to purchase two weekly general admissions tickets for the price of one to the Chubb Classic.  By visiting participating SUBWAY® restaurants, ticket buyers will receive a promotional code valid for a two-for-one weekly grounds ticket, in which can be redeemed online or by calling the Tournament office at (239) 593-3900.  Weekly grounds tickets are valid all week, Tuesday, February 14 through Sunday, February 19.  For a complete list of participating SUBWAY® restaurants, click HERE.

Ultimate Golf Experience at the Chubb Classic – Each fan who redeems the two-for-one weekly ticket offer from participating SUBWAY® restaurants, from January 24 to February 8, will automatically be entered to win the Ultimate Golf Experience.  One lucky winner will receive the opportunity to walk inside the ropes with a Naples Daily News Honorary Observer spot.  Valid for two individuals, the honorary observer spot will provide access to walk alongside the legends of the PGA TOUR during an official championship round (Friday through Sunday).  The winner will also receive two reserved seats within a hospitality suite overlooking the 18th green on Saturday, February 18.

SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough – The SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will take place during Event week, February 14 – 19 at The TwinEagles Club in Naples.  This challenge is a free, three-hole putting contest that gives spectators a chance to test their skills and compete against their family, friends and fellow fans for an opportunity to win $50,000 and various prizes.  Following the completion of tournament play on Saturday, February 18, daily finalists of the SUBWAY® restaurants Family Putt For Dough will be given a chance to win $50,000 and free SUBWAY® for one year with a final putting challenge on the 18th green.

Gary Player to Make Honorary Tee Shot at the 2017 Chubb Classic

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.