PGA Tour Champions: Points, Calculators And White Boards Needed For Finale

Much like with the FedEx Cup race, as the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Cup reaches its conclusion, there are a host of mathematical permutations in play

If you couldn’t get enough of the point gyrations during the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour, you’ll love this new twist to the season-ender on the PGA Tour Champions circuit. Instead of just concluding with a final tournament and awarding a large bonus to the season’s top point-getter, the PGA Tour Champions now has its own final series with the last event this weekend.

Get out the abacus and calculator, because the crazy points stuff has been reborn for the old guys.

Instead of four playoff events, the Champions’ circuit has three:  the PowerShares QQQ Championship, the Dominion Charity Classic and this weekend’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Like the PGA Tour, there is a cut down after each event.  The first one in the series had a field of 72 players.  The second had 54 players and this weekend, 36 senior golfers will play at the Desert Mountain Cochise Course in Scottsdale for the finale.

Just as with the FedExCup, the regular season and the early playoff rounds of the Schwab Cup have been tossed out and a new system of points was created for places 1-36.  Then a new list of points for the last tournament was created.

The leader now has 2000 points and this week’s winner will receive 2000 points.

Just as in the FedExCup, those at the top have the best chance of winning the top Schwab Cup prize and control their own destiny, according to the PGA Tour.

Here’s how the players got to this point:

The money list for the entire season was converted to points.  Then those points doubled for money earned at the PowerShares QQQ Championship, the Dominion Charity Classic.  Now, all the points are reset with the leader after last week’s Dominion Charity Classic receiving 2000 points.

Here’s how the top five stand going into the last event:

Bernhard Langer                     2,000

Scott McCarron                      1,800

Colin Montgomerie                1,600

Joe Durant                              1,440

Miguel Angel Jimenez           1,280

The last man in the field is Esteban Toledo with 144 points.

The current points leader, Bernhard Langer, has yet to win a Charles Schwab Cup despite his success on the PGA Tour Champions Tour. Those farther down the list would need significant help from players at the top in order to jump to the top of the standings and win.

“I’ve had a great year but there’s no guarantees whatsoever that I’m going to win the Schwab Cup, not at all. I’m going to have to most likely win the tournament to win the Schwab Cup. And if I’m fortunate where nobody wins in the top five or the top 10, then I have a better chance just placing maybe third or fourth or fifth and maybe still win it,” said Langer in material released by the PGA Tour. “But that’s a big gamble when you have 36 guys and you’re hoping that none of the top 10 guys win the championship. You don’t want to go there, so I need to try to win it myself.”

The Charles Schwab Cup awards an annuity to players finishing inside the top five, with the winner receiving $1 million and all in the top five getting annuities in addition to the purse for the tournament. ( Points list courtesy PGA Tour.)

Schwab Cup
PLAYER Reset Points With Win Total Points
1 Bernhard Langer 2000 2000 4000 1 2,000
2 Scott McCarron 1800 2000 3800 2 1,200
3 Colin Montgomerie 1600 2000 3600 3 800
4 Joe Durant 1440 2000 3440 4 600
5 Miguel Angel Jimenez 1280 2000 3280 5 440
6 Kevin Sutherland 1120 2000 3120 6 400
7 Woody Austin 960 2000 2960 7 360
8 Tom Pernice Jr. 800 2000 2800 8 340
9 Gene Sauers 640 2000 2640 9 320
10 Duffy Waldorf 480 2000 2480 10 300
11 Tom Byrum 384 2000 2384 11 280
12 Billy Andrade 368 2000 2368 12 260
13 Scott Dunlap 352 2000 2352 13 240
14 Olin Browne 336 2000 2336 14 228
15 Michael Allen 320 2000 2320 15 224
16 Brandt Jobe 304 2000 2304 16 220
17 David Frost 288 2000 2288 17 216
18 Doug Garwood 272 2000 2272 18 212
19 Kirk Triplett 256 2000 2256 19 208
20 Jeff Sluman 248 2000 2248 20 204
21 Jay Haas 240 2000 2240 21 200
22 Wes Short, Jr. 232 2000 2232 22 196
23 Jeff Maggert 224 2000 2224 23 192
24 Paul Goydos 216 2000 2216 24 188
25 Rocco Mediate 208 2000 2208 25 184
26 Bart Bryant 200 2000 2200 26 180
27 Jesper Parnevik 192 2000 2192 27 176
28 Paul Broadhurst 184 2000 2184 28 172
29 Fred Funk 176 2000 2176 29 168
30 Tom Lehman 168 2000 2168 30 164
31 Mike Goodes 164 2000 2164 31 160
32 Jerry Smith 160 2000 2160 32 156
33 Tommy Armour III 156 2000 2156 33 152
34 Carlos Franco 152 2000 2152 34 148
35 Joey Sindelar 148 2000 2148 35 144
36 Esteban Toledo 144 2000 2144 36 140

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