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2014 Charles Schwab Cup Championship - Final-Round Notes – Sunday, November 2, 2014, `Scottsdale, AZ, October 30-November 2, 2014; Purse: $2,500,000 ($440,000/880 Charles Schwab Cup points to the winner); Desert Mountain Club (Cochise)    Par/Yards: 35-35–70/6,929

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid-60s. WSW winds at 8-15 mph.

Final Leaderboard

Player

Score

Earnings

Tom Pernice, Jr.

(pictured by Getty Images)

65-67-70-67-269 (-11)

** Won with birdie-4 on 4th extra hole

$440,000

Jay Haas

66-62-75-66–269 (-11)

$254,000

Kenny Perry

66-68-68-68–270 (-10)

$213,000

Bernhard Langer

66-70-70-65–271 (-9)

$158,000

Colin Montgomerie

69-66-66-67–271 (-9)

$158,000

Final-Round Recap

It took four extra holes, but Tom Pernice, Jr., two-putted for birdie to outlast Jay Haas and  win the 25th Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Haas put the pressure on Pernice on the 72nd hole when he rolled in a 37-foot birdie putt from the front fringe to grab a one-stroke lead. Pernice answered moments later when he made a birdie to tie Haas and send it to a playoff. After each birdied the first extra hole, they each matched pars on the ensuing two holes before Pernice ended Haas’ bid for his second win in his last three starts. After Haas made his 15-footer for par, Pernice stepped up and drained the winner, giving him his second playoff win this year. Earlier in Des Moines, he defeated Doug Garwood with a birdie on the second hole to win The Principal Charity Classic.

With his Victory….Tom Pernice, Jr. — 65-67-70-67—269 (-11)

Wins his fourth Champions Tour title and also claims multiple titles in a season for the first time in his career. Earlier this year he won the The Principal Charity Classic.  His other victories came at the 2012 3M Championship and the 2009 SAS Championship.

Earns a check for $440,000, the largest of his Champions Tour career and it pushed his final 2014 earnings to $1,580,313, a career-best on the Champions Tour, and his best season since he won $2,396,548 in 2006 on the PGA TOUR.

Earns 880 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and jumps from ninth to fifth in the final standings which earns him a $100,000 annuity.

Pernice became the seventh multiple winner on the 2014 Champions Tour, joining Bernhard Langer (5), Colin Montgomerie (2), Kenny Perry (2), Fred Couples (2), Kirk Triplett (2) and Michael Allen (2). Earlier this year, he defeated Doug Garwood in a playoff to win The Principal Charity Classic for his third career victory on the Champions Tour.

Pernice won twice on the PGA TOUR – 1999 Buick Open. 2001 The INTERNATIONAL Presented By Qwest.

Championship Notes:

The Final 2014 Charles Schwab Cup Standings…

Player

Total Points

Points Behind

Prize

Bernhard Langer

4,152

—-

$1,000,000 annuity

Colin Montgomerie

3,307

845

$500,000

Jay Haas

2,461

1,691

$300,000

Kenny Perry

2,059

2,093

$200,000

Tom Pernice, Jr.

1,892

2,260

$100,000

Bernhard Langer’s Charles Schwab Cup title was the second of his career (he won in 2010) and his 4,152 points were the second most points accumulated in a season. Only Tom Watson with 4,370 in 2003 earned more points. His winning margin of 845 points was the largest by a winner since Tom Watson won by 1,324 points over Jim Thorpe in 2003.

With the 2014 Charles Schwab Cup title on his career resume, Bernhard Langer reached another milestone in his career when he broke Hale Irwin’s single-season earnings record ($3,028,304 in 2002) on Sunday. Langer finished the 2014 season with $3,074,189. Irwin reached his total in 27 events and averaged $112,159 per start, while Langer reached his number in 21 events and averaged $146,389.

Bernhard Langer won his sixth Arnold Palmer Award as the Tour’s leading money winner in the last seven years (did not win in 2011) and he also won the Byron Nelson Award as the Champions Tour’s scoring leader at 68.03. It was the third time he had won that award (2008, ’09).

The 2014 season turned out to be a productive year for the 60-year-old Jay Haas. A year after earning $846,699, Haas rebounded to earn $1,939,974, his best earnings season since 2008. He had 17 top-10 finishes, 10 more than a year ago and one shy of his career-best in 2005.

Jay Haas has now finished second in this event four times in 10 appearances. He was a runner-up in 2005, ‘11, ’12 and ’14. Two of those came at Desert Mountain.

Jay Haas led all players in the event with 21 birdies and finished second in greens in regulation and in putting.

Kenny Perry was the only player to post four rounds in the 60s on the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain this year. Since the tournament became a 72-hole affair in 1994, he is only the 15th player to have posted four straight rounds in the 60s. Four professionals did so at Desert Mountain two years ago. Overall, six of the 15 players with four straight sub-70 rounds have gone on to win the event – Jim Thorpe (2007), Andy Bean (2008), John Cook (2009, 2010), Tom Lehman (2012) and Fred Couples (2013).

Sunday’s playoff was the longest since the 2013 Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale which went five extra holes.

Here’s how the four players in the field with ties to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area finished:

Kenny Perry – (2009 FBR Open winner) – 66-68-68-68–270 (-8/3rd)
Michael Allen (Scottsdale) – 69-66-70-70–275 (-5/T9)
Tom Lehman (Scottsdale) – 71-70-67-71–279 (-1/T18)
Kirk Triplett (Scottsdale) – 69-71-74-72–286 (+6/27th)

Defending champion Fred Couples shot a final-round 70 to finish T7.

How the 2014 Rookies Performed: Here is a rundown on how the nine rookies performed in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and where they finished on the 2014 money list.

Player

Charles Schwab Cup Championship Finish

Final 2014 Earnings/Rank

Scott Dunlap

T18

$1,100,891/10th

Marco Dawson

T12

$952,814/15th

Wes Short, Jr.

T7

$916,684/16th

Woody Austin

T12

$821,435/20th

Jeff Maggert

11th

$765,691/21st

Billy Andrade

26th

$747,435/23rd

Doug Garwood

24th

$708,066/26th

Paul Goydos

T14

$693,918/28th

Joe Durant

T18

$667,335/29th

Russ Cochran withdrew on the fourth hole after sustaining an arm injury. He will receive $24,000 in unofficial money.

Here is how the course has played in the two years it has been held at the Cochise Course.

Year

2012

2014

1st Round Scoring Average

69.133

69.800

Sub-Par Rounds

18

14

2nd  Round Scoring Average

67.833

68.800

Sub-Par Rounds

18

14

3rd Round Scoring Average

68.833

70.033

Sub-Par Rounds

18

12

4th Round Scoring Average

69.900

69.000

Sub-Par Rounds

14

16

Four-Round Average

68.925

69.412

The par-4 4th hole played as the most difficult for the event (4.244), yielding just eight birdies for the tournament. The par-5 18th played as the easiest at (4.496), yielding three eagles and 59 birdies. Just five eagles were made in the tournament and Esteban Toledo made two on Saturday on Nos. 15 and 18.

Source: PGA TOUR

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