Zinger to play ACE Group Classic

Paul Azinger, who has recovered from a motorcycle accident in Bradenton, has entered the ACE Group Classic in Naples Feb. 18-20.

He joins Mark Calcavecchia, Mark O’Meara and Nick Price as the latest to commit the first 2011 Champions Tour event in Florida.

Azinger, winner of the 1993 PGA Championship, made his Champions Tour debut at last year’s ACE Group Classic, finishing T21. The 12-time PGA TOUR champion only competed in four Champions Tour events and one PGA Tour event in 2010 because of suffering cracked ribs in a Bradenton motorcycle accident in September. Azinger captured American hearts in 2008 when he captained the United States Ryder Cup team to its first victory since 1999. In addition, many know his voice and commentary from ABC, ESPN and Golf Channel telecasts.

The winner of The British Open Championship in 1989, Calcavecchia spent over 100 weeks in the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings from 1988 to 1991. In 2010, Calcavecchia made 16 starts on the PGA TOUR before turning 50 in June and transitioning to the Champions Tour. He ended his Champions Tour rookie campaign with 14 starts and a runner-up finish at the 3M Championship.

O’Meara made a breakthrough on the Champions Tour in 2010, winning the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf and Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. O’Meara has only competed in The ACE Group Classic once before, a T5 finish in 2007. The 16-time PGA TOUR champion owns two major titles to his record – the 1998 Masters and 1998 British Open.

Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003, Price was regarded as one of the best golfers in the world in the mid-1990s. During his prime, Price captured three major championships including back-to-back majors at the 1994 British Open and PGA Championship. A native of South Africa, Price has won three career events on the Champions Tour, including two in 2010. Price has competed in Naples four times, with his best effort a 5th place finish in 2008.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.acegroupclassic.com or call (239) 593-3900.

 

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