Strong field looms at Schwab Cup Championshiptext sizeSeptember 30, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
SAN FRANCISCO -- With the start of this week's SAS Championship in Raleigh, NC, just three full field events remain until the Champions Tour's top 30 players of the season will head to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Nov. 2-6.RELATED
Leading the pack is five-time PGA TOUR winner and 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman, who's won three titles this season including a major championship at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala.
In addition to having his first Charles Schwab Cup on the radar, Lehman is also in the running to become the Champions Tour's 2011 Player of the Year. Should he accomplish the feat, the 1991 Nationwide Tour and 1996 PGA TOUR Player of the Year could become the first to earn the distinction on all three Tours.
Two-time Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner John Cook is currently second on the money list after winning three events, securing himself a spot in the field and a chance at his first Cup. Last year's Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer battled a thumb injury earlier this season and is currently 19th on the money list. Other elite players expected to be in the field include 1989 British Open winner Mark Calcavecchia, 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin and 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, as well as World Golf Hall of Fame members Nick Price, Tom Watson and Hale Irwin.
"We are in the final stages of preparation for the event and very excited about the caliber of players that will assemble here at TPC Harding Park in just a few short weeks," said Tom Clark, executive tournament director of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. "I think Bay Area fans can look forward to a thrilling and rigorous week of competition."
Featuring the top-30 money leaders of the season, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship is the culminating event in the Champions Tour's "Road to the Charles Schwab Cup," a year-long competition that awards points to top-10 finishers and ties in 24 official money events. Both the winner of the tournament, as well as the year-long Charles Schwab Cup winner, will be crowned at TPC Harding Park on Nov. 6.
Tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship are still available and may be purchased by calling 1-888-401-8000 or visiting schwabcup.com.
Money list as of Sept. 30: