PGA Tour Champions: Phil Mickelson wins season finale, Bernhard Langer closes first in Schwab Cup standings | Golf news

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Mickelson played a final round 65 on Sunday to earn a one-shot win in Phoenix, Langer secured the sixth Charles Schwab Cup of his career.

Last updated: 11/15/21 00:35


Phil Mickelson is now a four-time winner on the over 50s circuit

Phil Mickelson added to his Charles Schwab Cup Championship winning streak, the PGA Tour Champions’ final event of the year, with Bernhard Langer leading the season standings.

The reigning PGA champion birdieed three of his last four holes to close a six-under 65 at the Phoenix Country Club and finish the week with 19 under, one shot ahead of New Zealander Steven Alker.

Starting the day three shots behind Jim Furyk, Mickelson climbed up and down a bunker on the green side to birdie the first and took advantage of the par 5 seventh, before hitting the flag with his 11th approach to set a birdie from tap-in to move within one of the leads.

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Mickelson took a birdie at par 3 15 and moved forward by pocketing from close range to the next, with a four foot par 4 birdie enough to give the six-time senior champion a one-shot win.

“I hope to use the opportunity to play and compete here as a way to keep my game strong and have some special moments on the regular tour like I had this year in May,” said Mickelson. “If I could have a couple more, that’s really what motivates me to work hard, go to the gym in the offseason, put the time and effort into living those special moments.”

Bernhard Langer has won the Schwab Cup more times than any other player in history

Bernhard Langer has won the Schwab Cup more times than any other player in history

The latest victory is Mickelson’s fourth in just six PGA Tour Champions starts since his 50th birthday in June 2020 and sees him finish the Schwab Cup campaign in 12th place, while Langer secured the points race in the season for the sixth time in his career.

Langer followed a 63 in the third round with a two under 69 on Sunday to finish the week in 17th place, which was enough to stay ahead of Furyk when the American – who needed a top two finish – he scored a 71 final round to finish in fifth position.

“I’m literally overwhelmed with emotion,” Langer said. “It was a mixed week for me. I had back problems earlier in the week, I could barely swing the club. I was so close to pulling out and grinding through it and I made it and I started to play a little better, so it was just unbelievable. “

Darren Clarke took a 64th final round to finish the week in third place alongside David Toms, while Miguel Angel Jimenez secured a seventh-place share to finish the season in third place in the standings.

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