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Power Rankings: Charles Schwab Cup Championship

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Power Rankings

    Written by Mike Glasscott @MikeGlasscott

    The 26th and final event of the 2022 PGA TOUR Champions season returns to Phoenix Country Club for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to conclude the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

    Phoenix Country Club, established in 1899, will provide the backdrop for the sixth consecutive season to crown the champion of PGA TOUR Champions.

    A two-horse race heads to the final stretch as Steven Alker and Padraig Harrington will battle it out at one of the oldest clubs in the Arizona desert.

    Remember, the tournament winner and the Charles Schwab Cup champion can be two different players.

    The field will compete for a purse of $2.5 million with the winner taking home $440,000 in this 72-hole, no-cut event. .


    Just Missed: Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Doug Barron, Jim Furyk and Ken Duke.

    Of the top 36 players, 33 are in the field this week as Steve Stricker, Ernie Els and Brandt Jobe are not participating.

    Phoenix CC stretches to just 6,860 yards, plays to a stock par-71 and annually is an event where scoring is paramount.

    The average winning score from the four previous 72-hole events here is a shade above 19 under.

    The 2020 edition reverted to 54 holes and Sutherland posted 15 under en route to victory, averaging 5 under per round!

    The two gunslingers that will have the final say are separated by almost 618,000 points. Alker sits in the driver’s seat for the final 72 holes (no cut) and has several scenarios where he can win the Charles Schwab Cup even if Harrington wins the finale. Here are Charles Schwab Cup winner’s scenarios in play for Alker and Harrington. The focus for the Irishman will be of the laser variety: Win or bust. A fitting conclusion to the 2022 season will see the top two players in scoring average, birdie average, par breakers and top-three finishes slug it out in the Phoenix desert.

    Scoring is the main entree this week.

    Last season, 23 of the 33 players finished 10-under or better so it's time to find GIR and hole every putt that is lined up. Only three total over-par rounds were posted from the top 25 players in 2021.

    The formula is straightforward this week: Go low to win the gold!

    Familiarity won't be a deal breaker (see: Harrington) but it won't hurt either. Of the 33 players who teed it up last year, 23 return for the championship edition this season.

    It never hurts to have ideal scoring conditions and that's another item annually in the cards in Phoenix. This year is hardly different, except maybe a touch cooler. Temperatures in the upper 60s/low 70s open the first two rounds while the weekend proper is greeted with mid-70s. The breeze, if you notice it, won't influence club selection or the flags on property.

    Last Time - TimberTech Championship

    10K.J. ChoiT16
    9Rocco MediateT39
    8Brett QuigleyT39
    7Miguel Angel JimenezT8
    6Brian GayT31
    5Jim FurykT13
    4Bernhard LangerWIN
    3Padraig Harrington4th
    2Steven AlkerT6
    1Jerry KellyT16

    Just Missed: Thongchai Jaidee (Second), Lee Janzen (T27), Harrison Frazar (26th), Steve Flesch (T27)

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