PHOENIX, AZ — With the first two PGA TOUR Champions playoff victories under his belt, 60-year old Bernhard Langer is now laser-focused on winning the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and/or an unprecedented fourth consecutive Charles Schwab Cup (fifth total).
The tournament, taking place November 10-12 at historic Phoenix Country Club, features the top 36 players on the Charles Schwab Cup points list. Langer, a World Golf Hall of Famer, has dominated all season, winning a third of the 21 events he played. Those seven wins and 16 top-ten finishes cemented his place at the top of the money list heading into the final event of the season.
Under the format instituted last year, points are reset prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, giving all 36 players in the field a mathematical chance of winning the Charles Schwab Cup with a victory at the event. Those rounding out the top five – Scott McCarron, Kenny Perry, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Kevin Sutherland – have an even better chanc at the Cup, depending on where they place.
Langer, the reigning Cup holder, has never won the Championship and is not a huge fan of the points reset, noting that, “Somebody could win the first 25 tournaments, then finish second in the Schwab Cup tournament and still not win the Schwab Cup. It seems a bit odd, but that’s how it is right now.”
What is not at all odd is that, as usual, Langer is the one to beat. He jokes that his fellow competitors tell him that they’re passing the hat around to pay him disappearance money.
“I tell them, ‘You have to up that a little if you want me to disappear.’ So far, I haven’t seen a big enough check to disappear yet.”
What’s old is new again – After three consecutive years in north Scottsdale’s scenic Desert Mountain Club | Cochise Course, the Championship has moved to Phoenix Country Club, the oldest private club in the metro Phoenix area. Opened in 1920, PCC hosted the Phoenix Open from 1932-1986. The list of champions is impressive, and includes Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demeret, Ken Venturi, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Crenshaw. The traditional, flat, tree-lined course with views of downtown skyscrapers is a stark contrast to the panoramic mountain vistas and elevation changes that characterized Desert Mountain. But the more convenient location and walkability of PCC may draw many more spectators than previous years.
Fan Zone – Nobody will go hungry or thirsty! Options include the Michelob Ultra Pop-Up Bar; Taste of Schwab, presented by The Vig, with local Phoenix restaurants; 19th Hole sponsored by 19 Crimes Winery; Four Peaks Brewery Beer Garden.
Military – Complimentary tickets are offered for all Active Duty, Military Reserve and National Guard Service members, Military retirees, Veterans and their dependents. They are invited to visit the Patriots Outpost benefiting Birdies for the Brave, near the 12th green.
Music – Country music star Jerrod Niemann headlines a concert taking place on the first tee after the conclusion of play on Friday. The concert is open to all tournament ticket holders.