2013 Charles Schwab Cup Preview: Leaderboard
KENNY PERRY has one hand on the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup ahead of the final event of the US Champions Tour season.
The only man who can wrest the cup and the US$1 million annuity that goes with it from the American is Germany’s Bernhardt Langer, a golfer whose never say die attitude is probably perfect for the task.
Langer needs to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the TPC Harding Park this weekend and have Perry finish outside to top five to take the season long money list cup.
If Langer doesn’t win, Perry will prevail even if he comes last in the 30 man field.
The two had a rehearsal for the showdown last weekend when Perry beat Langer in a playoff for the second last event of the Champions Tour regular season, the AT&T Championship.
“It was a pretty neat scenario, wasn’t it?” Perry said in San Francisco this week. “It’s funny how the stars aligned to get one and two in the Cup going to a playoff. You couldn’t script it any better than that.
“I know last week was pivotal. But my job is not over. (Langer) is very motivated. I’m very motivated. For me, to win the Charles Schwab Cup would be the ultimate accomplishment. It’s a trophy we all shoot for. It’s been a long year, 26 events. I need to figure out a way to finish in the top five this week. I cannot relax. I cannot get passive. I still have to try to win the tournament.”
Langer was looking forward to the challenge.
“I have to be aggressive from the get-go,” Langer said “I have to hit a lot of good shots and make putts. I have to be smart aggressive.”
While major focus will be on the two cup protagonists, there’s plenty on offer for the rest of a talented over 50’s field that includes the likes of Fred Couples, David Frost, Michael Allen, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman and Rocco Mediate.
Australia will have the usual two Champions Tour representatives in Peter Senior who is 16th in the season long standings and Steve Elkington, who is closing out his rookie year and snuck in in 30th place.
Either would love to have the tour championship as their maiden Champions Tour victory.
Coverage of the event listed for ESPN beginning 4am Saturday, but check local guides.
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