Keeping Score

Kevin Sutherland wins Champions Tour’s Phoenix marathon

American edges England’s Paul Broadhurst with a birdie on the 9th playoff hole to claim the Charles Schwab Cup Championship

9: Number of extra holes, spanning two days, that American Kevin Sutherland needed to defeat England’s Paul Broadhurst and win the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Monday in Phoenix. Play had been suspended after six holes of a sudden-death playoff Sunday when darkness intervened after each player matched pars on the extra holes at Phoenix Country Club. They had tied at 15-under 198 through 54 holes after Sutherland, who held a five-stroke lead through 36 holes, had to birdie two of his final three holes in regulation to catch clubhouse leader Broadhurst. Upon returning to the course early Monday, they matched pars on the par-4 17th and both birdied the par-5 18th before Sutherland ended the marathon by sinking a 4-foot birdie putt at the 17th. It was the fourth victory for Sutherland, 56, on the Champions Tour. His lone victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2002 WGC Match Play. A day earlier, Germany’s Bernhard Langer, a 41-time Champions Tour winner who was seeking his first title in the tour championship, tied for fifth but clinched his sixth season points title. Sutherland's victory was the second-longest playoff in Champions Tour history. In 1998, David Graham defeated Dave Stockton on the 10th extra hole to win the Royal Caribbean Classic (scores).

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