PGA Tour Champions

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

November 08-11

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona

$2,500,000

November 08-11

Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Arizona

$2,500,000

Round 4

Singh wins with best round of his Champions career, Langer wins fifth Charles Schwab Cup

November 11, 2018

Vijay Singh produced the best round of his PGA Tour Champions career, a 10-under 61 that turned a six-shot deficit into a four-shot victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and allowed Bernhard Langer to claim another $1 million bonus for the season title.

''At age 61 to do it is quite an achievement,'' Langer said, holding a glass of red wine on the balcony at Phoenix Country Club. ''Maybe there's another in me.''

It was the fourth time in the last five years that Langer won the Schwab Cup.

This one was out of his hands when he could only manage a tie for 13th in the tournament. That paved the way for Scott McCarron, who had a one-shot lead going into the final round and needed to win the tournament to capture his first Schwab Cup. McCarron faltered from the start, however, opening with a three-putt par and hitting a tee shot out-of-bounds for double bogey two holes later.

Singh blew by McCarron and everyone else at Phoenix Country Club, winning by four shots over Tim Petrovic.

Needing a big finish to try to catch the surprising leader, McCarron hit over the green into a corporate grandstand behind the 17th hole and made another double bogey. He closed with a 72 and tied for third.

''There's not really much to say today about the round. It wasn't very good,'' McCarron said. ''I couldn't quite get it going, but I was still hanging in there. I had a good opportunity at 10, just missed it. And I hit a poor tee shot on 11, which cost me a bogey. By then, I looked up and Vijay's at 21 or whatever he was at that point and it was like almost over.''

Singh holed putts from everywhere and lost track of his score until it was time to sign his card. His 61 was his lowest score by two shots on the 50-and-older circuit.

''I really didn't think I had any chance,'' Singh said.

Singh said he saw a leaderboard around the 13th hole that showed him tied for the lead, and he poured it on. He punched a wedge under the trees to 30 feet and holed the birdie putt on the 16th, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th and was on his way.

Singh finished at 22-under 262 to win by four shots over Petrovic, who started the final round one shot behind McCarron and closed with a 70.

The 55-year-old Fijian won for the third time this year and finished at No. 4 in the Schwab Cup.

''The way they were scoring all week, I thought if I got to 20 (under), I might finish top 5,'' Singh said. ''I birdied the first two, hit it close at 4. I just kept going. I didn't think about much. I didn't even know what we were shooting.''

Singh missed only one green in regulation.

Langer capped off another remarkable year for a 61-year-old German with an ageless game. He only won twice, his fewest since 2015, but was runner-up six times.

''It doesn't get old,'' he said.

Langer was among only six players who had a mathematical chance to win the Schwab Cup. McCarron was the only one who had a chance to win Sunday, and he wound up second in the Schwab Cup, worth a $500,000 bonus.

Wes Short had a 69 and tied for third with McCarron.

''To look at the start of the year, if you would have said, 'Hey, with nine holes to go, you had a chance to win the Schwab Cup,' I'd say, let's go, let's take it,'' McCarron said. ''Unfortunately, I'm a little disappointed in the way I performed today.''

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Vijay Singh
-22
67
67
67
61
262
2
Tim Petrovic
-18
63
67
66
70
266
T3
Wes Short, Jr.
-17
70
63
65
69
267
T3
Scott McCarron
-17
65
64
66
72
267
T5
Woody Austin
-16
68
69
67
64
268
T5
Stephen Ames
-16
68
67
61
72
268
7
Paul Goydos
-14
63
65
69
73
270
T8
Joe Durant
-13
67
69
68
67
271
T8
Kevin Sutherland
-13
67
68
69
67
271
T8
Kent Jones
-13
67
71
66
67
271
T8
Marco Dawson
-13
69
65
67
70
271
12
Jerry Kelly
-12
68
67
68
69
272
T13
Bernhard Langer
-11
70
70
66
67
273
T13
Gene Sauers
-11
70
71
62
70
273
T13
Duffy Waldorf
-11
68
65
69
71
273
T13
David Toms
-11
69
67
65
72
273
17
Kenny Perry
-10
71
69
68
66
274
18
Scott Parel
-9
71
69
68
67
275
T19
Colin Montgomerie
-8
69
73
68
66
276
T19
Brandt Jobe
-8
69
69
67
71
276
21
Glen Day
-7
66
70
65
76
277
T22
Tom Lehman
-6
71
70
71
66
278
T22
Billy Andrade
-6
71
68
66
73
278
T24
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
69
75
69
66
279
T24
Kirk Triplett
-5
73
70
69
67
279
T26
Tom Pernice Jr.
-4
71
68
71
70
280
T26
Bart Bryant
-4
71
70
69
70
280
T26
Jeff Maggert
-4
67
71
71
71
280
T26
Paul Broadhurst
-4
70
71
66
73
280
T30
Lee Janzen
-3
67
73
72
69
281
T30
Ken Tanigawa
-3
74
70
64
73
281
32
Rocco Mediate
E
73
72
69
70
284
33
Jay Haas
1
70
70
70
75
285
34
Billy Mayfair
2
67
74
74
71
286
35
Scott Dunlap
3
73
73
72
69
287
Pos.
Player
To Par
R4
Total
1
Vijay Singh
-22
61
262
2
Tim Petrovic
-18
70
266
T3
Wes Short, Jr.
-17
69
267
T3
Scott McCarron
-17
72
267
T5
Woody Austin
-16
64
268
T5
Stephen Ames
-16
72
268
7
Paul Goydos
-14
73
270
T8
Joe Durant
-13
67
271
T8
Kevin Sutherland
-13
67
271
T8
Kent Jones
-13
67
271
T8
Marco Dawson
-13
70
271
12
Jerry Kelly
-12
69
272
T13
Bernhard Langer
-11
67
273
T13
Gene Sauers
-11
70
273
T13
Duffy Waldorf
-11
71
273
T13
David Toms
-11
72
273
17
Kenny Perry
-10
66
274
18
Scott Parel
-9
67
275
T19
Colin Montgomerie
-8
66
276
T19
Brandt Jobe
-8
71
276
21
Glen Day
-7
76
277
T22
Tom Lehman
-6
66
278
T22
Billy Andrade
-6
73
278
T24
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
66
279
T24
Kirk Triplett
-5
67
279
T26
Tom Pernice Jr.
-4
70
280
T26
Bart Bryant
-4
70
280
T26
Jeff Maggert
-4
71
280
T26
Paul Broadhurst
-4
73
280
T30
Lee Janzen
-3
69
281
T30
Ken Tanigawa
-3
73
281
32
Rocco Mediate
E
70
284
33
Jay Haas
1
75
285
34
Billy Mayfair
2
71
286
35
Scott Dunlap
3
69
287