|Bernhard Langer to Defend ACE Group Classic Title|
NAPLES, FL (JAN. 17, 2012) - Former World No. 1 golfer and two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer has committed to defend his title at The ACE Group Classic, February 13 - 19. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of Champions Tour golf in Naples and a return to The TwinEagles Club for the first time since 2006. "We're excited to start building momentum towards our 25th anniversary with the announcement that our champion will return," said Tournament Director Lesley Baker. "Langer is eager to recapture the success of his record-setting performance last year and we are thrilled to showcase many of golf's greatest players in a fantastic setting at The TwinEagles Club." Langer's 2011 ACE Group Classic wire-to-wire victory was nothing short of spectacular, as he posted scores of 64-66-66 to finish four shots ahead of Fred Funk and set a tournament record for lowest score (20-under par). The win was Langer's 14th on the Champions Tour. Shortly after his win in Naples, Langer underwent surgery on March 23 to repair an injury to his left thumb suffered during a biking accident. He was out of commission for nearly three months before returning to action in mid-June. The injury derailed his quest for four consecutive Player of the Year awards. Langer competed in 10 tournaments on the Champions Tour after recovering from injury and finished in the top-25 all but once. From 2008-2010, Langer become the only player in history to win both the Jack Nicklaus Trophy (Player of the Year) and the Arnold Palmer Award (Money List Winner) for three straight years. Tickets to the 2012 ACE Group Classic are on sale at www.acegroupclassic.com, by phone at (239) 593-3900 or in the Naples' PGA TOUR Superstore. Children 17 and under are admitted free all week with a ticketed adult.