February 08, 2010
Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Editor's note: Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Loren Roberts has won The ACE Group Classic twice in the past four years on two different courses. The defending champion will try for a third this week and again it will be on a different course.
The Champions Tour tees it up at The Quarry in Naples, Fla., with Roberts bidding to become the event's first three-time champion.
Roberts won his first at Twin Eagles in 2006 and claimed last year's title at the TPC Treviso Bay where he birdied three of the last four holes to overcome Gene Jones by one shot. It was the first of three victories for Roberts in 2009 on his way to a second Charles Schwab Cup.
The other two-time winners at The ACE Group Classic are Lee Trevino (1990-91), Mike Hill (1993-1994), Hale Irwin (1997, 2002) and Gil Morgan (1998, 2001).
|Power Rankings: The ACE Group Classic|
| || ||Loren |
|He has posted 12 straight sub-par rounds at this event, including a final-round 68 last year which gave him the victory. He loves playing in Florida, where he has won five times in his career.|
| || ||Fred |
|Based on his solid debut in Hawaii where he shot 21-under-par only to lose by 1 shot to Tom Watson, Couples will be a threat every time he tees it up. Shot final-round 68 Sunday at Riviera as a warm-up.|
| || ||Bernhard |
|Finished T3 last year at the ACE, 2 shots behind Roberts. Langer is coming off a year that produced a hat trick of awards - Player of the Year, money list and lowest scoring average. Will be a major force again.|
| || ||Jay |
|Like son, like father? The question is: Will son Bill's initial PGA TOUR victory at the Bob Hope Classic inspire Dad? At the very least, you know it's been fodder for a lot of family conversation.|
| || ||Tom |
|Cashed at the Farmers Insurance Open (T27) in his PGA TOUR start this year and was 1-for-1 on the Champions Tour in 2009, winning his debut at the SAS Championship. T27 at Hualalai.|
This week's Champions Tour Power Rankings: