PHOENIX — Kevin Sutherland eventually broke by way of on the PGA Tour Champions, taking the period-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship — and the topping the yearlong competitors, way too.
Sutherland shut a 5-less than 66 on Sunday for a one particular-stroke victory more than Vijay Singh at Phoenix Nation Club, the tree-lined class internet hosting its very first tour party due to the fact the Phoenix Open left for TPC Scottsdale in 1988.
Bernhard Langer, the winner of the very first two playoff activities, experienced a 64 to tie for 12th — five strokes back again. Langer slipped to 2nd in the period standings, missing a likelihood to acquire the title for the fourth straight yr and fifth all round.
The 53-yr-aged Sutherland won for the very first time in 78 begins on the 50-and-more than tour. He entered the 7 days fifth in the Charles Schwab Cup period points standings, the last place the place the player experienced to only acquire the event to acquire the $1 million annuity. He earned $440,000 for the event victory.
The only player to shoot 59 in senior tour heritage, Sutherland experienced 15 major-10 finishes this period, finishing 2nd three periods and 3rd two times. His lone PGA Tour victory came in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Enjoy Championship.
Sutherland completed at 15-less than 198. He experienced a bogey-absolutely free spherical, opening with a birdie on the par-5 very first, eagling the par-5 seventh and adding birdies on the par-4 ninth and 16th.
Singh shot a 63. He opened with an eagle and birdied the last two.
Sutherland experienced a 63 on Friday to transfer within just two strokes of chief Paul Goydos, the event winner last yr at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. Goydos shut with a 72 to tie for ninth at 9 less than.
Langer led the tour with seven victories, successful three of the five majors, and established an earnings document with $3,677,359. The 60-yr-aged German has never won the period-ending party.