Couples wins first in his last chance

todd.milles@thenewstribune.comNovember 4, 2013 

Seattle native Fred Couples made the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco his first victory of the year on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race on the 50-and-over tour to earn a $1 million annuity.

Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara. The Hall of Famer has nine victories in four seasons on the Champions Tour after 15 victories on the PGA Tour.

“It’s great to win. It seems like four years ago,” Couples said. “Now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum.”

After playing 15 events on the Champions Tour this year and finishing third in the points race, Couples indicated he was going to play more events next year and try to win the Charles Schwab Cup. His points finish earned him a $300,000 annuity bonus.Couples finished four rounds at 17-under 267 at TPC Harding Park.

Langer, second behind Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, shot a 67. Senior had a 69, and O’Meara closed with a double bogey for a 70.

Johnson pulls away

In four holes over two days Dustin Johnson lost a six-shot lead at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Then he used high-powered kick Sunday at Sheshan International for the biggest win of his career.

Johnson broke loose from a three-way challenge on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par. Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title.

A 25-yard chip-in eagle at No. 16 effectively won the tournament for Johnson, who set the tournament record at 24-under 264.

tracking ryan moore on the PGA tour

Last week: World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, through Sunday, Sheshan International Golf Club, Shanghai, China.

Fourth-round score: 1-over 73.

Position: Moore (2-under 286) tied for 50th, 22 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson (24-under 264).

Recap: The Puyallup golfer had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, and finished with his second over-par round of the tournament. He made $49,000 for his finish.

Next: Moore is off, but Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley and University Place’s Michael Putnam are in this week’s McGladrey Classic at Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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