Bernhard Langer wins record sixth Schwab Cup, Phil Mickelson wins season finale

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PHOENIX – Phil Mickelson fumbled three of the final holes on Sunday to win the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Bernhard Langer insisted on winning his sixth PGA TOUR Champions season points title.

Mickelson shot a 6-under 65 at Phoenix Country Club, and came up-and-down from short of par-5 18. for birdie to reach 19 under. He joined Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win four of his first six PGA TOUR Champions starts.

Langer, who struggled with back pain all weekend, had a hard time getting putts to fall as he worked his way through a 2-under 69. The 64-year-old German finished at 12 under and had to wait for Jim Furyk to see if he would win Schwab. Cup for the fifth time in seven years.

Furyk needed to win the tournament or draw in third place and make Langer finish worse than number eight to win his first PGA TOUR Champions series title. He fell into a long birdie putt at par-4 17. to pull within two of the lead, but Mickelson’s birdie at No. 18 made it to three shots.

When he needed an eagle to win the Schwab Cup, Furyk pulled his second shot into the stands to the left of the 18th green and had to fall into the mulch. He hit his next stroke across the green into the rough and came up and down for par. Furyk shot 71 to a fifth-place finish of 16 under.

Mickelson entered the final round three after Furyk and rose to the lead with birdies at No. 14 and 15. The six-time major champion had a bogey-free round.

New Zealander Steven Alker, a PGA TOUR Champions qualifier just three months ago, shot 67 and finished in second place with 18 under. Darren Clarke had 64 and David Toms 65 for third place in 17 under.

Langer shot under his age for the first time in the third round, an excellent bogey-free 63 with book support eagles that moved him within six shots of Furyk’s lead of 16 under. He pulled within two shots with birdies at No. 1 and 4, then rolled a 15-foot eagle putt into 306-yard par-4 fifth to reach 14 under.

Langer could not maintain momentum.

He three-putted for a bogey on par-5 seventh and took another bogey on par-4 10. He finally made a putt on par-4 17 and gave a sarcastic shrug after it fell.

Langer played all 39 PGA TOUR Champions events in the 2020-2021 season, putting him in a position to win another Schwab Cup despite finishing 17th on Sunday.

Alker had a dream finish to his first PGA TOUR Champions season.

He had no status after turning 50 in July and qualified for the Boeing Classic in August. Alker put together top-10 rankings each week to keep playing and qualify for the off-season, including a win last weekend at the TimberTech Championship in Florida.

He kept the roll going on Sunday, overcoming a par-3 second bogey with five birdies to finish one after Mickelson.

Triplett took the lead at 17 under with a birdie at par-4 12. but fell off with consecutive double bogeys after hitting the street along par-4 14. and into the water at par-3 15.