Langer Cook headline field at ACE Group Classic


Champions Tour

NAPLES, Fla. – The defending champion isn’t playing, and neither is last week’s winner on the Champions Tour.

That doesn’t mean there’s a lack of star power at the ACE Group Classic this week.

Bernhard Langer, last year’s Player of the Year, John Cook, one of the hottest players on the tour, and newcomer Mark Calcavecchia headline the list entering Friday’s first round.

Langer won five times last year, along with sweeping the player of the year title, money title and Charles Schwab Cup points title. So as the 53-year-old prepares to start his fourth full season on the Champions Tour, he had some re-setting to do.

“It’s getting harder because I’ve kind of achieved all the goals last year that I wanted to,” Langer said. “I had to sit down and I guess the main goal is still improve my technique and slightly improve my putting, improve a little bit in every area.”