Vijay Singh posted a bogey-free 10-under 61 to erase a six-shot deficit and win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Singh finished his final day in Phoenix Arizona with a card comprised of eight pars and 10 birdies – five per side – en route to a four-day score of 22-under par, four clear of runner-up Tim Petrovic (69).
“I thought I had no chance of winning. With the way the scoring’s been all week, everybody was, you know, par is like 4 under,” said Singh, who won for the third time on the season.
“There’s so many low scoring. So I just made up my mind, go out there and be aggressive. If I can get to 20, I was going to be really happy.
“Then the putter just caught fire and I started making a lot of putts. I made one adjustment last night on my putting and it just seemed to work. I felt very comfortable on the greens. I just kept rolling it in.
The 61 tied the course record at Phoenix Country Club, and it was the lowest round of his Champions Tour career.
“It was well timed. You don’t really think about a score when you go out there, but when it happens, you just go with the flow,” continued Singh.
“You don’t let anything interrupt. I told my caddie, just let me go, let me play and keep giving me the numbers, and that’s what he did.”
Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 to finish the tournament T13 at 11 under and win his fifth Charles Schwab Cup.
“Well, that’s difficult to say because the first one is obviously very special and then, you know, as they get more, I think each one is very special because it’s a long road, it’s very difficult to do,” said Langer.
“There’s a lot of competition out there, a lot of tournaments. It’s a season-long thing and you just never know how it’s going to end up with the systems that we have in place.
“You know, last year I probably deserved it more so than this year, but last year I finished second, this year I won. So I’m very grateful for every year I can be out here just playing healthy and competing.
“It’s a great honor and what a blessing to have five of these. It’s quite remarkable.”
Scott McCarron, who seemed to have the inside track for the Cup, carded a final-round 1-over 72 to finish T3 alongside Wes Short Jr. (69) and runner-up to Langer in the season-long points race.
FINAL TOP 5: TOURNAMENT
1. Vijay Singh -22 (-10)
2. Tim Petrovic -18 (-2)
3. Wes Short Jr. -17 (-2)
3. Scott McCarron -17 (+1)
5. Woody Austin -16 (-7)
5. Stephen Ames -16 (+1)
FINAL TOP 5: CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
1. Bernhard Langer – $1m
2. Scott McCarron – $500k
3. Scott Parel – $300k
4. Vijay Singh – $200k
5. Miguel Angel Jiminez – $100k
QUESTION: Now this afternoon was a little bit of an unusual celebration, not on the green, but you were able to be with friends and family. What was that celebration like up there in player dining?
BERNHARD LANGER: It was awesome. You know, I decided yesterday to wear this outfit, the camouflage shirt and the orange pants, which is a little bit bright and all that but very fitting because of Veterans Day tomorrow.
My wife decided to go shopping and buy some orange pants and camouflage shirts for the whole group that was staying with me. So she surprised me today. I was practicing putting and just before I teed off and I heard my wife or one of my friends talk, and I turn around and here they are in the same outfit that I’m wearing pretty much. It was pretty cool. You couldn’t miss them out on the golf course.