Langer wins ACE Group Classic on Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer shot a final-round 72 and won his second ACE

Group Classic title in three years by one stroke on Sunday.

Langer two-putted from 50 feet on the 18th for par to finish at

12-under 204, ahead of Jay Don Blake at TwinEagles Club’s Talon


Langer, who won this tournament in 2011 and was runner-up last

year, survived three bogeys and a double bogey. It was his 17th

victory on the Champions Tour, and the seventh year he has won at

least one tournament.

Blake, who had four birdies on the front nine, took the lead

briefly with a birdie on the par-5 13th to get to 12 under. But

Langer also birdied the hole, and added another on No. 14 to take

the lead again.

Blake missed a 3-footer for par on No. 16, and Langer bogeyed

No. 15, keeping Langer a stroke ahead. Blake’s 20-foot birdie putt

on the 18th looked like it had a chance until the last few feet,

when it turned and grazed the edge of the cup.

Langer’s even-par round matched the highest final-round score

for a winner at the ACE. Craig Stadler also shot a 72 in 2004. They

also both survived double bogeys to win.

Tom Pernice, who was tied for the lead at one point, bogeyed No.

11, and then missed a short birdie putt at No. 12 and couldn’t

recover. Down two strokes, he went for the green on the par-5 17th

in two, hooked a 3-wood into the water and made bogey.

Pernice tied for third with John Cook, who birdied Nos. 16 and

18 to finish off a 68, at 9-under 207.

David Frost and Rocco Mediate, a Calusa Pines Golf Club member,

tied for fifth at 8-under.