Couples commits to Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park

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Fred Couples sits fifth in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
October 21, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tournament officials announced today that World Golf Hall of Fame member and eight-time Champions Tour winner, Fred Couples, has committed to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Couples was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in May 2013, and recently served as Captain of the victorious United States Team in The Presidents Cup 2013. The Champions Tour heads to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Couples has accumulated nine top-10 finishes during the 2013 season, and is looking for his first victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Couples collected four second place finishes early in the season, the first at the Toshiba Classic in March and three more in June, at the Regions Tradition, the Encompass Championship and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

Couples has played in every Charles Schwab Cup Championship since making his Champions Tour debut in 2010, and has come closer to victory each year. Couples finished T10 at his first Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010, and subsequently finished T7 in 2011 and T4 in 2012.

“We’re proud to announce that one of the most popular players on the Champions Tour has committed to the tournament, and we’re excited to welcome Fred Couples back to TPC Harding Park,” said Ian Knight, Executive Director of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. “Fred’s record at the event speaks for itself, and we’re thrilled that San Francisco fans will have the opportunity to watch him compete with 29 of the Champions Tour’s best.”  

After this week’s AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas, the top 30 players on the Champions Tour money list will qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The 30th position on the money list is currently occupied by rookie John Riegger with $469,457.

The current players are sitting No. 28-33 on the money list, and are all in the field at this week’s AT&T Championship seeking a strong finish to secure a spot inside the top 30.

Race for the final 30
Position Player Money
28
Dan Forsman
$509,780
29
Steve Elkington
$499,052
30
John Riegger     
$469,457
31
Kohki Idoki 
$467,297
32
Rod Spittle
$452,131
33
Bill Glasson 
$446,946

With two events remaining this season, Kenny Perry leads Bernhard Langer in the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup by 494 points. David Frost is third, 789 points behind Perry. Double points are awarded to all 30 contestants at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with the winner receiving 880 points.

Both a winner of the tournament, as well as the winner of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup, will be crowned at TPC Harding Park on November 3.

The 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship marks the 24th anniversary of the tournament, and as the event celebrates two decades, tournament officials are pleased to return over $750,000 to local Bay Area non-profit organizations, which brings the cumulative giving total to more $3 million.

Daily and Weekly Grounds tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship are on sale now at schwabcup.com, or at the PGA TOUR Superstore in Palo Alto, Calif. Fans are reminded that youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by one ticketed adult.

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