Fred Couples has had an impressive year but is still looking for his first win of the season.
October 28, 2013
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM
Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his
top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the
player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
It’s two for the money at this week’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Only Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer have a shot to win the $1 million bonus, with Perry a prohibitive favorite. He enters the finale at TPC Harding Park with a 612-point lead over Langer. With 880 points going to the winner, Langer still has a mathematical chance. However, last place in the field is worth 48 points and that gives Perry an even more imposing cushion.
Perry stretched his lead with the playoff victory last week at the AT&T Championship when he birdied the first extra hole to defeat Langer. The victory in San Antonio made Perry the first three-time winner this year on the Champions Tour.
The top five in the Charles Schwab Cup points race will share in the bonus. The runner-up will earn $500,000 with $300,000 going to the third-place finisher, $200,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth.
This week’s Power Rankings for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship mirrors the top five in the points race:
He won the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts during the summer to soar to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup point list and never relinquished the lead. No. 2 on the Money List.
Another outstanding season could have been even better except for a few poor finishes which cost him dearly in the Charles Schwab Cup points race. Posted 17 top 10 finishes in 23 starts, including a remarkable 10 top 3s.
A disappointing start at the AT&T Championship ended his chance to win the Charles Schwab Cup. An outstanding putter, he’s been consistent and resilient all season. No. 3 in the points race and poised to cash in on an annuity.
He’ll be back for the finale still looking for his first win of the year. But he’s had enough big finishes in big events (runner-up at Regions Tradition and SENIOR PLAYERS) to take the No. 5 spot in the Charles Schwab Cup points list into TPC Harding Park.