Phil Mickelson won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the final event of the year on the PGA Tour Champions, while Bernhard Langer topped the season-long standings.
The reigning PGA tour champion birdied three of his final four holes to finish the week on 19 under par, one shot ahead of New Zealand’s Steven Alker.
Starting the day three strokes behind Jim Furyk, Mickelson got up and down from a greenside bunker to birdie the first and took advantage of the par-five seventh before striking the flag with his approach at the 11th for a tap-in birdie to come within one shot of the lead.
Mickelson birdied the par-three 15th and pulled ahead by holing from close range at the next before a four-foot birdie at the par-four 18th gave him a one-shot victory.
“I’m hoping to take this opportunity to play and compete here to keep my game fresh and have a few special moments on the regular Tour like I had this year in May,” Mickelson said. “If I could have a couple more of those, that’s truly what inspires me to work hard, to get in the gym in the offseason, to put in the time and effort to have those great moments,” he says.
The recent victory is Mickelson’s fourth on the PGA Tour Champions since turning 50 in June 2020, and he finishes the season-long points race in 12th place, while Langer secures the season-long points race for the sixth time in his career.
An absolute legend.
Bernhard Langer claims his historic sixth Charles Schwab Cup at 64 years old. pic.twitter.com/l3I8nKw0P9
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) November 14, 2021
Langer followed a third-round 63 with a two-under 69 on Sunday to complete the week in 17th place, which was enough to keep him ahead of Furyk, who carded a final-round 71 to finish tied fifth.
“I’m literally overcome with emotion,” Langer admitted. “For me, it was an up-and-down week. I was having back problems earlier in the week and could barely swing the club. I was on the verge of pulling out, but I ground through it and made it, and I started playing a bit better as a result, so that was fantastic.”
Darren Clarke shot a final-round 64 to tie for third with David Toms, while Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for seventh to complete the season third in the rankings.
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