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Sutherland wins 1st PGA Tour Champions title

From ESPN - November 12, 2017

PHOENIX --Kevin Sutherland finally broke through on the PGA Tour Champions, taking the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship -- and the topping the yearlong competition, too.

Sutherland closed a 5-under 66 on 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 do not even know. It's like a whirlwind thing. It's amazing," Sutherland said. "I mean, the names on this trophy are incredible. I have seen it, and to be on that list is just, I ca not even put words to it, it's just amazing."

Bernhard Langer, the winner of the first two playoff events, had a 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."

The 53-year-old Sutherland 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 Tour victory came in 2002 at La Costa in the Accenture Match Play Championship.

"I played really well all year and I just could not find a way to get a win. So, to win this tournament, it's unbelievable. I am sure in a couple days it will sink in a little bit, but right now it just seems like I am 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."

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