Three time Masters Champions Phil Mickelson scored another victory on Sunday, winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, while fellow golfer and five-time PGA Tour Champion points title winner Bernhard Langer held on to win his sixth season points title.
The end of the season celebrations saw Phil Mickelson standing on the 18th green at the Phoenix Country Club with a big smile on his face as he held his trophy. Beside him stood Bernhard Langer, with an equally big smile as he held his Charles Schwab Cup trophy after winning his sixth PGA Tour Champion points title.
Mickelson, who congratulated Langer on his work ethic, pulled off the season-ending win on Sunday at the Phoenix Country Club after shooting birdies on the three final holes.
“It’s so fun for us to come back and play in front of everyone and then to come out on top here was a special week. I want to congratulate Bernhard because he really is the gold standard for work ethic, discipline as well as talent and a great golf game. At 64, to win the season-long championship, that’s pretty impressive, pretty inspiring.”
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Mickelson, who won 45 PGA Tour victories and six major titles has continued his reputation for creativity and attempting shots few others would dream of trying on the senior circuit. He displayed that perfectly during the final round scoring a 6-under 65 and joining Jack Nicklaus as the only player on the 50-and-over tour to win four of his first six starts.
The left-handed golfer showed his short game skills going bogey-free and racking up six birdies on the final 18.
“It’s been fun for me to play out here and see so many guys that I grew up and spent decades with life-long friends. Then to play well and have some success is very meaningful.”
Langer, who is known for toughness and precision, made a name for himself during the 80s and 90s as a two-time Masters Champion. Since joining the Seniors tour when he turned 50, Langer has won 42 tournaments and eleven major championships.
After experiencing back pain and nearly existing the tournament in the opening round, Bernhard Langer had to rely on that toughness to make it through the second, third and final rounds. At 64, Langer shot a 63 in the third round to pull within six shots of the lead. He then went on to birdy the first and fourth holes in the final round to get within two shots, then scored a fifteen foot put on the fifth hole.
Langer shrugged to sink putts for the remainder of the final 168 but ended the tournament in a disappointing 17th place, but after playing all 39 PGA Tour Champions events, it was enough for him to sill win the Charles Schwab Cup.
“I’m just overwhelmed, you know, at 64 to win this thing six times. It will probably be my last one, I’m almost sure of that, but it’s very, very special.”
While confident he had won, Langer had to wait to see whether Jim Furyk would win the tournament or finish in third. Furyk came close with a birdie on the 17th to pull within two, but after Mickelson’s birdie on the 18th, it means Furyk would need to score an eagle but instead, his second shot ended up in the rough.
“How exciting was it coming down the stretch. Literally, came down to the last shot. If he would have eagled 18, he would be standing here lifting the Charles Schwab Cup trophy and he would be the winner. I’m overwhelmed with emotion.”
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