PHOENIX — Kevin Sutherland finally broke through on the Champions Tour, taking the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship — and topping the yearlong competition, too.
Sutherland closed with 5-under 66 Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh at Phoenix Country Club, the tree-lined course hosting its first tour event since the Phoenix Open left for TPC Scottsdale in 1988.
"I don't even know. It's like a whirlwind thing. It's amazing," said Sutherland, who finished at 15-under 198. "I mean, the names on this trophy are incredible. I've seen it, and to be on that list is just, I can't even put words to it, it's just amazing."
Bernhard Langer, winner of the first two playoff events, had 64 to tie for 12th, five strokes back. Langer slipped to second in the season standings, missing a chance to win the title for the fourth straight year and fifth overall.
"It was never meant to be fair," Langer said. "It was meant to be playoffs. Everybody in the field was given a chance to win. Is it fair? No, it's not, but that's how it is right now."
Sutherland, 53, won for the first time in 78 starts on the 50-and-over tour. He entered the week fifth in the Charles Schwab Cup season points standings, the last spot where the player had to only win the tournament to take the $1 million annuity. He earned $440,000 for the tournament victory.
The only player to shoot 59 in senior tour history, Sutherland had 15 top-10 finishes this season, finishing second three times and third twice. His lone PGA victory came in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship.
"I played really well all year and I just couldn't find a way to get a win. So, to win this tournament, it's unbelievable. I'm sure in a couple days it will sink in a little bit, but right now it just seems like I'm not even sure it really happened, I keep pinching myself. It feels good and it's been a long time since I won a tournament."
Singh shot 63. Overnight leader Paul Goydos closed with 72 to tie for ninth at 9 under.
PGA: Patton Kizzire won his first PGA title by beating Rickie Fowler in a 36-hole marathon in the rain-plagued OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Kizzire closed with rounds of 66-67 for a one-shot victory over Fowler, who fell four shots behind until staging a late rally that again fell short. Fowler had rounds of 67-67 on the final day. Kizzire finished at 19-under 265 and earned his first trip to the Masters in April. Patrick Rodgers began the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Kizzire and Fowler, but he started and ended the third round with double bogey for 72 that took him out of contention, and he shot 70 in the afternoon to finish nine back.
PGA EUROPE: Branden Grace's 30-foot putt for birdie on No. 16 set up his one-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, giving South Africa a home winner at Sun City for the first time in a decade. Grace, whose putting had let him down for most of the day, sent his long putt at the par 3 rolling in to edge ahead of playing partner Scott Jamieson. After that decisive birdie, Grace made par on the final two holes for 66 to finish 11-under 277 in the penultimate event in the Race to Dubai, one clear of overnight leader Jamieson (70).