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Bernhard Langer chasing another ACE Group Classic title

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Bernhard Langer is the defending champion this week.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The defending champion and runner-up are recovering from thumb injuries, the player of the year is in the field, and so is the guy who hit an upside-down, left-handed shot to win last week.

The 25th anniversary of the ACE Group Classic has multiple story lines this weekend at TwinEagles Club.

Bernhard Langer won The Quarry last season for the last of his 14 Champions Tour titles. He had a tournament-record 20-under total to beat Funk by four strokes, but was sidelined later because of a torn thumb ligament. Funk is coming back from thumb fusion surgery.

Tom Lehman is making his first appearance in the tournament, and so is Corey Pavin, coming off his first Champions Tour victory after his incredible shot in the Allianz Championship.

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