Pernice Jr. wins PowerShares QQQ Championship
Claims first-ever Schwab Cup Playoffs event, holds off Colin Montgomerie by 1 shot
October 30, 2016
By The Associated Press
- October 30, 2016
- Tom Pernice Jr. was aggressive but steady en route to his victory at Sherwood Country Club. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Tom Pernice Jr. won the first Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs event in PGA TOUR Champions history, beating Colin Montgomerie by a stroke Sunday at Sherwood Country Club in the PowerShares QQQ Championship.
The 57-year-old Pernice Jr. closed with a 2-under 70 in breezy and rainy conditions, breaking a tie for the lead with Montgomerie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and adding a 15-footer on the par-3 15th.
"I hit two beautiful irons," Pernice Jr. said. "I hit a beautiful 7-iron on 15 and it just worked out perfect. And then I couldn't have drawn it up any better, I just cut a 6-iron back against the wind beautifully on 15 and man, it turned out beautiful."
Pernice Jr. bogeyed the par-3 17th and two-putted for par from 15 feet on the par-4 18th.
"I kind of got a little careless there at 17," Pernice said. "Made it a little interesting."
The former UCLA player overcame a bogey-double bogey start Friday to win for the fifth time on PGA TOUR Champions, ending a drought that stretched to the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The two-time PGA TOUR winner had a 13-under 203 total. He had a 69 on Friday, and shot 64 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Brandt Jobe.
"To be able to come back and shoot 13 to win was very special," Pernice Jr. said.
Montgomerie parred the final five holes for a 70. The 53-year-old Scot won a month ago in British Columbia.
"Especially the start it got very breezy," Montgomerie said. "First nine was very, very difficult. Just miserable."
Pernice Jr. had a different take on the conditions.
"Whenever you get a little moisture in southern California, you'd better take it," he said.
Scott Dunlap was third at 10 under after a 67.
The top 72 on the money list earned spots at Sherwood, and the top 54 advanced to the Dominion Charity Classic next week in Richmond, Virginia. The field will be cut to 36 for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Each dollar earned in the first two events is worth two points. At the Charles Schwab Championship, points will be reset so that the top five only have to win to capture the Charles Schwab Cup.
Pernice earned $305,000 to jump from 32nd to ninth in the standings.
"It's been a little bit of an up-and-down year, but I just kept telling myself, `Keep working hard and keep plugging away.' " Pernice said "It's not always how you start but if you finish well you can have a great year."
Lee Janzen got the final spot in Richmond, edging Brad Bryant by 331 points. Janzen tied for 25th at 2 under, and shot a 66 to tie for 45th at 3 over.
Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer withdrew before the start Friday because of a left knee injury. The 59-year-old German star also leads with four victories and has wrapped up the season money title with $2,697,459.
Montgomerie moved into second place in the standings.
Jobe tied for 10th at 6 under after a 77.
Fred Couples had a 77 to tie for 37th at 1 over in his first tournament in eight months. The 57-year-old Couples was sidelined by a chronic back injury. He opened with rounds of 68 and 72.
Tom Pernice Jr. claims first-ever playoff event at PowerShares QQQ
Tom Pernice Jr., 69-64-70 – 203 (-13)
9th in Charles Schwab Cup Standings (1,188,460 points)
• After making bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6, he fell two shots behind Colin Montgomerie. He birdied No. 9 to regain the lead, and he regained the lead for good with a birdie on No. 14.
• Pernice won despite starting the tournament bogey-double bogey on Friday.
• With the win and 610,000 points, Pernice is now ninth in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. He is 102,342 points behind fifth place. The top five players entering the season-finale can win the Charles Schwab Cup if he wins the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
• Before Sunday, his most recent victory was at the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship. That win helped him finish fifth in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings.
• This is Pernice’s second straight top-10 finish, as he finished T9 at the SAS Championship. In all, he has four top 10s this season.
Colin Montgomerie, 65-69-70 – 204 (-12)
2nd in Charles Schwab Cup Standings (1,658,518 points)
• Montgomerie birdied Nos. 2 and 3 and took a two-stroke lead after Pernice bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6.
• He made his first bogey of the tournament on No. 8. It ended a streak of 75 consecutive holes without a bogey, dating back to the second round of the SAS Championship. In that span he was 20-under-par.
• The final-round 70 was his 16th straight round under par, dating back to the final round at the Boeing Classic. In that span, he has four top-10 finishes, including this week’s runner-up and a playoff win at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
• Montgomerie improved two spots and is now second in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. He trails points-leader Bernhard Langer by 1,038,941 points and he leads fifth place by 367,716 points. The top five players entering the season-finale can win the Charles Schwab Cup if he wins the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
After this week, the top 54 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings will advance to the Dominion Charity Classic. Scott Parel and Lee Janzen began the week outside the top 54 and played their way into next week’s field.
Jeff Hart began the final round projected to finish in the top 54, but he fell below the cut line after making bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 on Sunday. He had a chance to claim the 54th spot on the 18th hole, but he was unable to make his 35-foot birdie putt. He finished T17 this week and No. 57 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
With cooler temperatures and wet conditions, Sunday’s scoring average (73.791) was 2.762 strokes higher than the second round (71.029).
The day’s lowest round belonged to Scott Dunlap. He improved from T16 to third after shooting 5-under-par 67, and he is now No. 11 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.