SAN FRANCISCO – Seattle native Fred Couples won the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.
Couples, 54, ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-under-par 69 for a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer (67), Peter Senior (69) and Mark O’Meara (70). Hall of Famer Couples has nine victories in four seasons on the Champions Tour; he has won 15 times on the PGA Tour.
“It’s great to win. It seems like four years ago,” said Couples, who made $440,000 for the victory. “Now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum.”
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After playing 15 events on the Champions Tour this year and finishing third in the points race, Couples indicated he was going to play at least two or three more tournaments next year and take a shot at winning the Charles Schwab Cup. His points finish earned him a bonus $300,000 annuity.
“This Tour, to win the Schwab Cup, I’ll play a lot and I hope to play well,” Couples said. “I’d like to have the kind of year Kenny had. The goal is to win the Cup. The goal is to play.”
Couples finished at 17-under 267 for 72 holes at TPC Harding Park.
“This year, I wouldn’t call it a waste, but it was a waste as far as not winning,” he said. “This week was different. I did not miss many shots. I got the lead and I kept it. I’m not a fierce competitor, but I love the competition. Just winning, even if it’s a club championship, you’re thrilled.”
Perry (68) tied for fifth at 10 under. He led the Tour with three victories, taking the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open before winning the AT&T Championship on Oct. 27 in San Antonio.
“It’s been a magical season,” said Perry, 53. “This is my highest accomplishment.”
Langer, who topped the season earnings list at $2,448,428, finished second in Cup points. He needed to win the final tournament and have Perry finish outside the top five to take the top spot.
Kirk Triplett (77), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for 26th place at 3 over.
SHANGHAI, China – American Dustin Johnson won the HSBC Champions by three strokes over Ian Poulter at Sheshan International to earn his first World Golf Championships tournament title.
Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 for a 24-under 264 total. Poulter and third-place Graeme McDowell, who was at 20 under, each had final-round 66s, too.
“It’s the biggest win I’ve had in my career so far,” said Johnson, 29, who earned $1.4 million for his eighth PGA Tour victory. “Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I’m really proud of the way I handled myself.”
Johnson played holes 13 through 17 in 5 under.
Ryan Moore (73) of Puyallup tied for 50th place.