This week, the Chubb Classic returns to The Classics at Lely Resort, a Gary Player Design course. Some of the greatest in golf have won this event over the years, including Grand Slam Champion Gary Player, who won the inaugural event in 1988. World Golf Hall of Famers Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, and Lee Trevino also headline the list of notable champions of this marquee event on the Champions Tour.
The 2019 Chubb Classic will be the 32nd edition of the tournament, which began in February of 1988. Gary Player tallied a total combined score of 207 (-9) over the three tournament days to claim a one-shot victory in the inaugural tournament. Since then, there have only been two other international golfers to win the event, Bernhard Langer and Vicente Fernández.
After his victory at the Chubb Classic, Player went on to win the British Senior Open, U.S. Senior Open, and the PGA Senior Championship within the same year.
With more than 400 courses designed in 38 countries and across five continents, Player is considered the most accomplished global golf course designer in the business. The Gary Player Design The Classics at Lely Resort, this year’s host site for the Chubb Classic, brings a spectacular creation to all players and spectators. The par-72 course is one of three courses at the resort and comes in at over 6700 yards. The course presents Champion Ultra-Dwarf grass on the greens and Bermuda grass for the fairways. This will be the second time The Classics has hosted the Chubb Classic; the first time was in 1996.
Player has had a large impact at the Chubb Classic over the years, as a player and course designer. Because of this, he was selected in 2017 to hit the honorary first tee shot to much fanfare. The 2019 Chubb Classic will take place this week with a talented field of Major winners. Several players that will participate include Hale Irwin, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie. Winning proceeds will be given to the main organization, The First Tee of Naples and Collier.