Langer wins third consecutive Schwab Cup
Goydos impressive as he goes wire-to-wire to win Charles Schwab Cup Championship
November 13, 2016
By The Associated Press
- No one had ever won three consecutive Schwab Cups until Bernhard Langer did it on Sunday in Scottsdale. (Brad Mangin/PGA TOUR)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Paul Goydos and Bernhard Langer got the big trophies and checks Sunday in the PGA TOUR Champions' season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Goydos completed a wire-to-wire victory in the tournament, and Langer finished second to win his third straight Schwab Cup and fourth overall.
"Wire-to-wire, baby!" Goydos said.
Goydos shot a 4-under 66 to finish at 15-under 195 on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course. He opened with a 62 in windy conditions and shot a 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Colin Montgomerie and four-shot advantage over Langer into the final round.
"You start out and really, the best place you could be is way ahead, especially with Montgomerie and Langer, Langer four shots," Goydos said. "If we played a match, he'd have to give me like two a side, so I thought it was a pretty even spot to be in. Montgomerie probably the same thing, I was lucky to get past him. These guys are Hall of Famers."
The 52-year-old Goydos earned $440,000. He also won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in July in New York and has four victories on the PGA TOUR Champions. He won twice on the PGA TOUR and shot a 59 in the 2010 John Deere Classic.
"You've got to hit the ball in play here," Goydos said. "You've got to hit greens. It's not a scrambling type golf course. At least if you do you've got to miss it in the right place, which I thought I did a very good job of all week for the most part."
Langer had a 64. Recovering from a left knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the Schwab Cup Playoffs opener at the PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood, the 59-year-old German star won the $1 million annuity as the Schwab Cup season champion and topped the PGA TOUR Champions with four victories and $3,016,959.
"The guy's a super hero. I don't get it," Goydos said. "Seems like he should get older. ... I mean, he's getting better. It's his best year and he's 59. He's amazing."
In 21 tournaments this year, his worst finish was a tie for 13th.
"It's incredible," Langer said. "Finishing all the tournaments throughout the year in the top 13, it's extremely tough to do. So it's difficult to put it all into words, how consistent it's been, how good it's been, but very blessed, very fortunate."
Montgomerie had a 68 to finish third at 11 under. The Scot was second in the standings, earning a $500,000 annuity.
Goydos finished third in the Schwab Cup standings and earned a $300,000 annuity.
Woody Austin (64) and 62-year-old Jay Haas (68) tied for fourth at 7 under.
Paul Goydos wins wire-to-wire at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship
NOTES AND NUGGETS
Paul Goydos, 62-67-66 – 195 (-15)
3rd in Charles Schwab Cup Standings (2,216 points)
• Though he opened with six straight pars, Goydos held at least a share of the lead throughout the entire final round. Langer climbed into a tie for the lead (-12) with Goydos when he birdied No. 14, but Goydos regained sole possession of the lead (-13) with a birdie of his own on No. 14.
• Goydos closed with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18, giving him the two-shot victory.
• He opened the tournament with a career-best 62. Prior to the first round, his best round of the season was a 64, shot in the final round of last week’s tournament, the Dominion Charity Classic.
• He is the third wire-to-wire victor of the season, joining Bernhard Langer (Chubb Classic) and Rocco Mediate (Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid).
• He is the third wire-to-wire winner in tournament history, joining Jim Thorpe (2003) and Jim Colbert (1995).
• Goydos finishes the season with two wins (DICK’s Sporting Goods Open) and six top 10s in 26 starts. He has four career PGA TOUR Champions victories, and one in each of the three season he’s played on Tour.
• He finishes eighth on the money list with $1,284,816, his highest total on PGA TOUR Champions and fourth highest total as a professional.
Bernhard Langer, 67-66-64 – 197 (-13)
1st in Charles Schwab Cup Standings (3,200 points)
• In the Charles Schwab Cup’s 16-year history, six players have won more than once: Hale Irwin (2), Tom Watson (2), Jay Haas (2), Loren Roberts (2), Tom Lehman (2) and Bernhard Langer (4).
• Langer has won four of the last seven Charles Schwab Cups and is the first player to win it three years in a row. Lehman is the only other player to win it in consecutive years (2011, 2012).
• Since making a double bogey on No. 12 Saturday, Langer made 10 birdies and zero bogeys over his next 24 holes.
• He has finished in the top six each of the last five years at this tournament: 6th (2012), T2 (2013), T4 (2014), 2nd (2015), 2nd (2016).
• In his four starts and 15 rounds at Desert Mountain, he has a 66.87 scoring average and has not carded a round over par.
• On Sunday he carded his 21st consecutive round under par, a streak that started in the first round of the Boeing Classic. In that span, his scoring average is 67.19. The last time he failed to break par was when he shot even-par 71 in the final round of the U.S. Senior Open on August 14 (91 days ago).
• Langer finishes the season with four wins, four runner-ups and 18 top 10s in 21 starts. The 18 top 10s matches the most he’s had in a single season (2013, 2014). In his career, he has 133 top 10s in 187 starts (71.12%).
• He finishes the season ranked No. 1 on PGA TOUR Champions in Greens in Regulation (78.19%), Birdie Average (4.63 per round), Scoring Average (68.44) and All-Around Ranking (48).
• With the runner-up finish, Langer earned $250,000, bringing his season total to $3,016,959. It is the eighth time he has won the money title in the last nine years, and he falls $57,230 short of his record-setting 2014 season when he earned $3,074,189.
• Hale Irwin is the only other player to earn more than $3,000,000 in a season on PGA TOUR Champions. He won four times and earned $3,028,304 in 2002.
Colin Montgomerie, 65-66-68 – 199 (-11)
2nd in Charles Schwab Cup Standings (2,400 points)
• Montgomerie birdied No. 8 (-11) and led Langer by two strokes. However, he parred the next six holes in a row, allowing Langer to catch him.
• He closed with an even-par 35 on the back nine. Considering Langer finished at 13-under-par, Montgomerie would have needed to shoot 32 in order to force a three-hole aggregate playoff to determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion.
• With his 2-under-par 68, Montgomerie extended his streak to 22 consecutive rounds under par, the longest such streak on PGA TOUR Champions this season. In that span, he has a scoring average of 67.86. The last time he failed to break par was when he shot 73 in the second round of the Boeing Classic on August 27 (78 days ago). This streak is the longest since Langer accomplished it in 2014.
• His three finishes at this event are T4 (2014) and T14 (2015) and 3rd (2016). He has finished second in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings three years in a row.
• Montgomerie finishes the season with one win (Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship), two runner-ups and 10 top 10s in 22 starts.
• He finishes second on the 2016 money list with $1,723,318.
• The par-5 15th was pivotal in determining the tournament and the Charles Schwab Cup. Langer reached the island green with his second shot, but settled for par (-12) when he three-putted from the fringe. After Goydos laid up on No. 15, he drained a 30-foot birdie putt (-14) to take a two-shot lead over Langer. Montgomerie also laid up, and a three-putt bogey (-10) left him four shots behind Goydos and two shots behind Langer with three holes to play.
• Tom Lehman (2012) and Tom Watson (2005) are the only two players that have won the Charles Schwab Cup and the season finale in the same season.
• All three winners in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs converted 36-hole leads en route to victory.
• Last week at the Dominion Charity Classic, Esteban Toledo birdied three of his last six holes and was the last player to qualify into the 36-man field. He carded rounds of 70-68-69 and finished tied for 10th, earning $62,500.