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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

THE BATTLE FOR The Charles Schwab Cup is the three-tournament playoff series that concludes the PGA TOUR Champions season. With Bernhard Langer a five-time Cup winner, there are strong players vying to take the Cup from him

MCCARRON’S CHALLENGE The biggest threat to wrestle the Cup out of Langer’s Vardon grip may be Scott McCarron, who was second in 2018. McCarron won twice by the end of April— the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Atlanta and the Insperity Classic in Houston—and surged to the top of the points list. “I’m not done yet,” said McCarron, a 56

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Bernhard Langer of Germany chips onto the fourth green during the final round of the 2018 Charles Schwab Cup—which he has won four out of the last five times.

10-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions. “I want to win a lot more and I want to win the Schwab Cup. That was my goal at the start of this year, which has been the goal the start of the last few years. We’re trying to get that done.” McCarron said some of his inspiration and motivation comes from Langer, the man he’s trying to displace. “I’ve learned so much from playing with Bernhard Langer,” McCarron said. “It’s been great becoming friends with him, watch how he kind of takes apart a golf course, how much he’s dedicated to practicing. He’s definitely pushing me.” There are others who have their sights set on derailing Langer, too. Consistent Kirk Triplett, easy to identify by the ever-present bucket hat on his 6-foot-3 frame, is back in contention for the Cup. In 2019, he won the Hoag Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.—his seventh PGA TOUR Champions victory—in a playoff and has tied for second place in three events.

Bernhard Langer (2018), who has won the Charles Schwab Cup four times in the last five seasons, now faces fierce competition in the run up to the end of season finale.

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ernhard Langer has grown accustomed to having the handsome Charles Schwab Cup on display at his house in Boca Raton, Fla. He’s won the trophy five times, including 2018, and has taken it home in four of the last five seasons. It’s as if the award has been bequeathed to him. Until, perhaps, this season. The World Golf Hall of Famer has some serious competition in his quest to again claim the PGA TOUR Champions’ season-ending prize. Langer, now 61, has a long line of challengers eager to deprive him of another Cup. “Why wouldn’t they try,” Langer said. “I did the same. We’ve got a good crop of guys coming in; some of them fire it past me. It’s not going to get easier as you get older. If I can find a way to sustain my game … I can’t control the others.” The Charles Schwab Cup is the threetournament playoff series that concludes the PGA TOUR Champions season. The Cup carries significant cache among the competitors—along with a $1 million bonus payoff. “It means a great deal,” said Langer, who won the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton this spring for his 39th PGA TOUR Champions title. “It’s a big carrot at the end of the season. It means you were the most consistent of the players during the season.”

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