Langer wins PowerShares QQQ Championship
Defeats Jimenez on second playoff hole to claim second straight Schwab Cup Playoffs event
October 29, 2017
By Bryan Mullen, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer heads to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in two weeks leading the points standings. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
Bernhard Langer continued his remarkable 2017 season with another remarkable victory. And he will be looking for more in two weeks.
The German star and World Golf Hall of Famer defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez on the second playoff hole at the PowerShares QQQ Championship with a 25-foot birdie putt to win back-to-back Schwab Cup Playoffs events.
"I do feel great about my game, but there's so many good golfers on this Tour and we're going to have the best 36 there at the Schwab Cup Championship," Langer said. "It's a different golf course, different grasses, all that kind of stuff, so anything can happen."
Before his win Sunday at Sherwood Country Club, he won in dramatic fashion one week ago in the first Schwab Cup Playoffs event at the Dominion Charity Classic by making an eagle on the final hole to win by one shot.
Langer now has seven wins in 2017, more than $3.6 million in earnings this season and heads to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in two weeks as the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth consecutive Schwab Cup.
"On any given week any of those 36 can win, so it's a new tournament all over again," Langer said.
The top five in the points standings, in order, are Langer, Scott McCarron, Kenny Perry, Jimenez and Kevin Sutherland. With a points reset taking place at the finale, any player in the top five of the standings can win the Schwab Cup if he wins the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
"I had fun and I played very well," Jimenez said. "It's a pity that my putts don't want to get in the hole all week, all day long today, and that's what happened. Missed a couple of shots ... but overall I hit the ball very good."
It was a crowded leaderboard for most of the weekend at Sherwood Country Club, but a late birdie run by Langer in regulation coupled with some miscues from those contending put Langer in position to strike.
Jimenez’ second-place finish vaulted him into the top 5 of the standings, and David Toms (solo third) and Scott McCarron (solo fourth) showed fine form in the second-to-last event of the season.
Fred Funk finished T5 and is also headed to Phoenix. The lone player who began the week outside of the top 36 who advanced was Wes Short Jr., who finished T22 at Sherwood Country Club to move to No. 36 in the standings.
Bernhard Langer, 69-69-67 – 205 (-11)
Clinched the No. 1 seed for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship
• Langer was 1-over through four holes and trailed Scott McCarron by three strokes. He was 5-under on his final 14 holes, and he took a two-shot lead after birdies on Nos. 12, 13 and 14.
• After Jimenez chipped in for eagle on No. 16 and tied the score, both players had a chance to win with a birdie on the last hole of regulation. After Jimenez missed his 20-foot birdie putt, Langer’s 15-foot birdie putt lipped out 360 degrees, and the tap-in par set-up the sudden-death playoff.
• Langer becomes the first player to win multiple Charles Schwab Cup Playoff events, and the first to win the first two back-to-back. In the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup, Vijay Singh (2008) is the only player to win the first two playoff events in the same season. In all, a player has won two playoff events in seven of the 11 FedExCups.
• Langer has won $3,622,359 this season, extending his PGA TOUR Champions single-season record. This total would have ranked 18th on the PGA TOUR’s 2016-17 money list.
• Langer has now won six out of seven times this season when playing in the last group of the final round.
• He has carded an under-par final round the last 28 non-majors.
• He has been a leader/co-leader after 20 of 66 (30.30%) rounds he has played this season.
• He is now 23 for 37 in converting Saturday-night leads into victories. This year, he is 5 for 6.
• The winner of the last three Schwab Cups and four overall, he has seven wins and 12 top-three finishes in 21 starts. His seven wins this season is a personal best, and his 36 career wins is second-most in Tour history (Hale Irwin, 45).
• With the win, Langer has now won 18 of the 26 tournaments on this year’s schedule. Even though he has won four Charles Schwab Cups, he has not won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He has seven top-10s in nine starts, including three runner-up finishes.
Final-Round Lead Notes
• Four players had solo leads on the back nine Sunday.
o Scott McCarron shot 32 on the front nine and led by one at 9-under.
o David Toms took a two-shot lead at 10-under after making three straight birdies on Nos. 9-11. He bogeyed No. 12 and fell one shot behind Jimenez, but he birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to regain a two-shot lead at 11-under.
o Miguel Angel Jimenez led at 10-under when he birdied No. 11 and Toms bogeyed No. 12.
o Bernhard Langer took a one-shot lead at 10-under when he birdied Nos. 12 and 13 and Toms double bogeyed No. 15. His lead grew to two when he birdied No. 14 to move to 11-under.
• The score of 11-under 203 is the highest 54-hole winning score on Tour this season. The previous high was 13-under 203 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, where Jimenez defeated Gene Sauers on the first playoff hole.
• This season, 14 players have led/co-led entering the final round and gone on to win, including the last four tournaments and nine of the last 11.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 68-70-67 – 205 (-11)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 6th / Current: 4th
• With the runner-up finish, Jimenez moved to No. 4 and supplanted Jerry Kelly (No. 6) in the top-five of the Schwab Cup standings. At the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, any top-five player will win the Charles Schwab Cup if he wins the tournament.
• Through two rounds, Jimenez ranked last in the field in one-putts (eight) and needed 62 total putts. In Sunday’s final round, Jimenez had just 25 putts, including nine one-putts and a chip-in for eagle on No. 16.
• This is the third time Jimenez has played in Sunday’s final group and finished second this season.
• He led the field in greens in regulation (75.93%), tied with Vijay Singh.
• He has made 18 starts this season, the most in a year since he joined PGA TOUR Champions in 2014. He has 10 top-10s this year, and he has won one tournament each of his four seasons on Tour.
David Toms, 66-72-69 – 207 (-9)
Charles Schwab Cup Standings – Start: 30th / Projected: 17th
• Toms held a two-shot lead on two occasions on the back nine – first after making birdie on No. 11, and again after a birdie on No. 14. He fell off the pace after he was forced to take an unplayable lie after his tee shot on No. 15, leading to a double bogey.
• Over his last 10 holes, he made 1 par, 6 birdies, 2 bogeys and 1 double bogey.
• Recently, Toms played 84 consecutive holes without a bogey (spanning the first round of the SAS Championship to the final round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic). During this streak, he made 15 birdies. This week, he made 14 birdies and 2 eagles.
• On Friday, Toms made a hole-in-one on the 186-yard third hole with a 5-iron. It was his first ace on PGA TOUR Champions, the first ace in Charles Schwab Cup Playoff history, and the 19th hole-in-one on Tour this season.
Schwab Cup Standings
Wes Short Jr. was the only player to start outside the top-36 and move into the top-36 and earn a spot in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
• Doug Garwood made a hole-in-one on No. 3 with a 5-iron from 189 yards. It was Garwood’s first hole-in-one on PGA TOUR Champions, and it was the 20th ace on Tour this season. On Friday, David Toms also aced No. 3 with a 5-iron.
• Garwood carded a final-round 70 and finished T5, his fifth top-10 of the season and third in a row (T2, T8, T5). In this span, he has improved from 41st to 19th in the Schwab Cup standings.
• Fred Funk opened with a 74, but closing rounds of 68-68 lifted him to a T5 finish, his sixth top-10 of the season. He improved from 31st to 25th in the Schwab Cup standings.
• Billy Andrade carded a final-round 71 and finished T5, his fourth top-10 of the season. He improved from 25th to 21st in the Schwab Cup standings.
• Scott McCarron finished fourth at 8-under, his 13th top-10 of the season. He will be the No. 2 seed at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.