Notes: Much on the line this week at CSCCOctober 29, 2012
Mark Williams, Champions Tour staff
The Champions Tour heads to Desert Mountain's Cochise Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the final event of the season where the Charles Schwab Cup Championship will determine the winner of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. The purse is $2.5 million and the winner will receive $440,000 and 880 Charles Schwab Cup points. All players in the 30-man field will receive double Charles Schwab Cup points. Last year, Jay Don Blake won the title by two strokes at TPC Harding Park while Tom Lehman captured the Charles Schwab Cup by a 74-point margin over Mark Calcavecchia.
• David Frost's six-stroke comeback to defeat Bernhard Langer at the second playoff hole at last week's AT&T Championship was the largest in tournament history. Frost's win is his second this season (Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, teamed with Michael Allen). He is the seventh two-time winner in 2012.
• There were no changes in the top 30 on the money list following the AT&T Championship for the third consecutive year. The top 30 are eligible for this week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
• Mark Mouland, an open qualifier into last week's AT&T Championship, earned a spot in the Allianz Championship next February in Boca Raton, Fla. by virtue of his T7 finish.
• Bob Gilder played his 1,000th round on the Champions Tour in the final round of last week's AT&T Championship and carded a 2-over 74.
• Greg Norman, host of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, last week announced the final six players to compete in the 24-player field. Mark Calcavecchia joins previously announced Kenny Perry, and the tournament host, as the only Champions Tour representatives for the event at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples on December 5-9.
• Joey Sindelar will have surgery on his back this week at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, a facility that has successfully treated other athletes with back issues. Sindelar tried rest and therapy while competing on the Champions Tour the past two seasons. He withdrew from the SAS Championship before completing the first round and has not played since.
• After an 11-year absence, the Champions Tour returns to the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain for this year's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The Cochise Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, hosted The Tradition from 1989-2001.
• The outcome of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship will have an impact on several post-season awards, including the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for the Player of the Year, the Arnold Palmer Award for the leading money winner and the Charles Schwab Cup. The Byron Nelson Award as the Tour's scoring leader, is also yet to be determined. The Jack Nicklaus Award is based on voting by the players, while the other three are performance-based awards.
• Mark Wiebe was the last player to make an ace in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, holing his tee shot at No. 3 in the second round at TPC Harding Park last year. Wiebe is also the most recent player to make an ace on the Champions Tour. He holed out (at the 3rd hole coincidently) during the first round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
• Jerry Eddy from the Salt Lake City, Utah area will get the "Ultimate Clubhouse Experience" at this week's Charles Schwab Cup Championship. As grand prize winner of this year's Champions Tour Pick 'Em Challenge, Eddy and a guest will be flown to Scottsdale and attend the tournament in VIP fashion. His experience will include attending an invitation-only dinner hosted by Champions Tour President Mike Stevens and attending the tournament as special guests of the Champions Tour and Charles Schwab.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
• Double points are available to all 30 players at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain. However, with only 880 points going to the winner, just three players have an opportunity to claim the 2012 Schwab Cup. Bernhard Langer, the Schwab Cup leader, widened his lead over Tom Lehman by finishing second at last week's AT&T Championship. Langer earned 163 points last week and now has 2,413 points on the season. Lehman picked up 63 points last week after finishing T7 and now has 2,202 points (-211). Roger Chapman did not earn any points last week (1,756/-657).
• Germany's Bernhard Langer, the 2010 winner, is the only non-American to have won the Charles Schwab Cup. Langer and England's Roger Chapman are the only international players with a chance to claim the Cup this year.
36 -- The number of rounds in the 60s from 120 total rounds completed by the field at the 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
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ON THIS DATE
10/30/05 -- Tom Watson shoots a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship as well as the season-long Charles Schwab Cup.
11/2/00 -- Dana Quigley sets a new Champions Tour record when he competes in his 39th official event, the most by one player in a season.
QUOTES TO NOTE
"I definitely didn't plan on this. Not at all." -- David Frost immediately following his victory at the AT&T Championship.
"I played on the Nationwide Tour (now the Web.com Tour) for four or five years and that was like playing with my kids and their friends. I like my kids and their friends but I'd rather hang out with my friends." -- Steve Pate offers up a good reason when asked what he enjoys most about the Champions Tour.
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