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Morgan edges Quigley for ACE Group Classic victory

Morgan closes with a 6-under to win by two strokes

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NAPLES, Fla. — Gil Morgan won the ACE Group Classic on Sunday for his 19th Senior PGA Tour title, closing with a 6-under-par 66 for a two-stroke victory over Dana Quigley.

Morgan, also the 1998 winner at nearby Colony Bay, had a 12-under 204 total on the Pelican Marsh course. He earned $210,000.

Quigley finished with a 67. Australia's Stewart Ginn (66) was third at 209, and Tom Kite (68) followed at 210.

Morgan's approach shot on No. 18 toyed with the water's edge, but landed a few feet over it, then rolled to 10 feet of the cup.

"Fortunately, it carried enough to survive," he said of the 200-yard 4-iron shot. "I was trying to aim it out there about 20 feet left of the hole. I was probably a little keyed up so it might've gone a little bit farther than normal."

Morgan easily two-putted to secure the victory.

"Dana played awfully well," said Morgan, who passed $8 million in senior earnings. "He just kept pushing me and pushing me."

"I pressed him a little harder than he wanted to," said Quigley, who has nine second-place finishes on tour to go with four victories. "I feel more disappointed with this second than any of the other five last year."

With firmer greens and higher rough due to the players' request for 2001, the 6,995-yard Pelican Marsh layout played more than a stroke harder than in 2000, 72.906 to 71.641.

Morgan and Quigley matched shot for shot most of the day, with Quigley, playing in his 118th consecutive tournament, drawing within one with a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 13. The two matched birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, with Quigley having the honors heading to No. 17, a 159-yard par-3.

But Quigley's 8-iron came up short, leaving him with a 40-footer. After watching Quigley's shot, Morgan switched to a 7-iron and knocked to 3 feet. However, Quigley nearly made his putt, the ball rimming the cup entirely and sitting on the front edge.

"I hit the best 40-footer of my career that didn't go in," Quigley said.

"I thought he made it, really," Morgan said. "It went down in there and came around and came out. It was hard putt to have to make."

Morgan, 54, won six times on the PGA Tour.

"I think the major difference is that I'm putting at a higher level than I did on the regular tour," he said. "I just kept working on mechanics. I think I work on my putting more than I do anything else."