Notes: Star-studded field set for Charles Schwab Cup Championship

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The Charles Schwab Cup is up for grabs this week at TPC Harding Park.
October 28, 2013
By Champions Tour staff

RECENTLY

Kenny Perry made two huge saves on Nos. 17 and 18 and then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Bernhard Langer at the AT&T Championship for his third win this year. Perry became the first to win three times in a season on the Champions Tour since John Cook and Tom Lehman each had three wins in 2011.

For the second consecutive year Bernhard Langer was defeated in a playoff at the AT&T Championship. David Frost birdied the second extra hole for the win over Langer last year.

Bernhard Langer continues to lead the race for the Arnold Palmer Award. With one event remaining, Langer leads the money list with $2,234,095 and leads Kenny Perry by $106,657.

Colin Montgomerie finished T3 at the AT&T Championship, his best finish in 10 starts on the Champions Tour this year. He moved up to 47th on the final money list with $322,945.

There were no changes in the top 30 on the money list following the AT&T Championship for the fourth year in succession as all 30 held their spots to earn a berth in this week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Two players made their first starts on the Champions Tour at last week’s AT&T Championship. Scott Dunlap, a veteran of the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, finished T15, while Jose Coceres, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR, was 80th.

The three-player team to represent the Champions Tour at this year’s Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge is Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, and Kenny Perry. The event, which benefits adoption, pits teams from the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour and takes place at Rio Secco GC in Nevada on November 12.

The Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Champions Tour Pick 'Em Challenge is Chris Timmerman, (@ctimmerman35) of Jacksonville, Fla. Timmerman and his wife, Dyan, win round trip flights to San Francisco, three-day car rental, two-night stay at a luxurious San Francisco hotel, an invitation to attend the Champions Tour President's Dinner and VIP tickets to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. (courtesy of Charles Schwab). Timmerman’s picks during the ten-tournament contest that earned him points were:

Regions Tradition - Fred Couples (2nd)

Encompass Champ - Tom Lehman (T3)

U.S. Senior Open - Kenny Perry (1)

Senior Open Champ - Bernhard Langer (2)

Dick's Sporting Goods Open - Duffy Waldorf (T4)

Shaw Charity Classic - David Frost (T10)

COMING UP

This year’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship field features two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame (Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer) and nine players among this year’s top 30 have won at least one major championship. Players from five different countries will be represented (Steve Elkington, Peter Senior/Australia; Bernhard Langer/Germany; Esteban Toledo/Mexico; David Frost/South Africa; Chien Soon Lu/Taiwan). The 30-man field will also feature seven rookies (Duffy Waldorf, Esteban Toledo, Rocco Mediate, Gene Sauers, Bart Bryant, Steve Elkington, John Riegger). Craig Stadler is the oldest player in the field (60) and he makes his first appearance in the season-ending event since 2008.

Russ Cochran has finished seventh or better in all four of his appearances in the Schwab Cup Championship (7/2012, T7/2011, T5/2010, 2/2009).

Saturday of tournament week is The First Tee Day at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and PwC will host approximately 100 students from The First Tee of San Francisco at TPC Harding Park. The students will participate in different activities at the course including a tour of the Media Center and a behind-the-scenes look at the Golf Channel broadcast, as well as a visit to the Chevron STEM Zone and a game of SNAG golf on the Fleming Course.

Following the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Peter Senior will immediately head to his native Australia to play in the Australian PGA Championship, an event he won in a playoff over former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy in 2010.

To celebrate the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, here is an alphabetical list of famous people named Charles:

Charles ATLAS (athlete); Charles BARKLEY (athlete); SIR BOB Charles (WGHoF); Charles BRONSON (actor); Charles DARWIN (biologist); Charles De GAULLE (world leader); Charles DICKENS (author); Charles IN CHARGE (television); Charles LINDBERGH (pilot); PRINCE Charles (royal); RAY Charles (musician); Charles SCHULZ (illustrator); Charles SCHWAB (business); Charles SIFFORD (WGHoF).

CHARLES SCHWAB CUP

With his AT&T Championship victory, Kenny Perry earned 285 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and opened a 612-point margin over Bernhard Langer in the season-long race which will conclude this week at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park. Langer will need to win the season-ending tournament to claim the Charles Schwab Cup while Perry can finish solo fifth at TPC Harding Park and still win the Schwab Cup.

NUMBERS

5 - Five players have won the Charles Schwab Cup twice – Loren Roberts (2007, 2009), Jay Haas (2008, 2006), Tom Watson (2003, 2005), Hale Irwin (2002, 2004) and Tom Lehman (2011, 2012).

ON THIS DATE

10/28/01 – Allen Doyle wins the inaugural Charles Schwab Cup by 216 points over Bruce Fleisher. Doyle later donates the entire $1 million annuity to six different charities.

11/1/98 – Hal Sutton birdies the first playoff hole to defeat Vijay Singh and win THE TOUR Championship at East Lake GC.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

Jay Haas is on track to finish this season with Champions Tour career earnings almost identical to his PGA TOUR career earnings – and in less than one-fourth the starts:

PGA TOUR Wins Money
799 starts 9 $14,440,317
Champions Tour Wins Money
188 starts 16 $14,155,525

QUOTE TO NOTE

"I'm the guy that's being hunted. I think you have a different attitude when you're the hunter, and you're trying to attack." – Kenny Perry reveals what it is like to lead the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Troy Martin: ‏@TroyMartinGolf Many thanks to @ChampionsTour President Mike Stevens and his staff, for hosting a great dinner party for the caddies during the @attchamp.

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