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Couples rolls to 6-stroke win at Charles Schwab Cup Championship
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Fred Couples carded a 2-under 69 on
Sunday to cruise to a 6-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Couples claimed his ninth career victory on the Champions Tour at 17-under-par
“For me to win the last tournament, I’m very excited. I’m done for two months
and I’m looking forward to next year,” Couples said in a televised interview.
Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 67 during his final round at TPC Harding Park
to claim a share of second place at 11-under 273. He was joined by Mark
O’Meara (70) and Peter Senior (69).
Langer was the lone player in the field who could challenge Charles Schwab Cup
points leader Kenny Perry for the season-ending title, but he needed to win
the tournament and have Perry finish in a five-way tie for fourth or a two-way
tie for fifth.
Perry (68) finished in a tie for fifth place with Rocco Mediate (68), Mark
Calcavecchia (65) and Bart Bryant (70) at minus-10.
Perry earned a $1 million annuity for winning the Charles Schwab Cup.
“I needed somebody to get hot and thank goodness Freddie got hot for me,”
stated Perry. “I needed somehow to get a top five this week to solidify the
cup on my own. You don’t really want to leave the ball in somebody else’s
court. You want to kind of do it on your own.”
Couples entered the final round with a 5-stroke lead and was never truly
threatened throughout the day.
O’Meara, who was playing with Couples in the final group, cut into that lead
with a birdie at the first to move to 11-under and within four of the 15-time
PGA Tour champion.
After the duo traded birdies at the fourth, Couples birdied the seventh from
just inside 20 feet to move to 17-under and reclaim his 5-stroke advantage.
Couples and O’Meara again traded birdies at the ninth to keep it a 5-stroke
Couples later tripped to a bogey at the 13th to drop back to 17-under, but
O’Meara could not take advantage as he bogeyed the 15th to fall to minus-12
and give Couples back his 5-stroke lead.
O’Meara bounced right back with a birdie at the 16th, but he would then
stumble to a double-bogey 6 at the last to lose his sole possession of second
Couples, meanwhile, parred his final five holes to cruise to the easy win.
NOTES: Perry won three events this season, including consecutive majors at the
Constellation Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship
… Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the 2012 Senior British
Open … Langer finished the season as the leader on the Champions Tour money