PHOENIX — Steven Alker shot 3-under 68 to complete third behind record-setting Padraig Harrington within the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, finishing his climb from profession journeyman to champion of the PGA Tour Champions.
Harrington wanted to win and have Alker end outdoors the highest 5 for Harrington to assert the season-long Charles Schwab Cup in his second season on the PGA Tour Champions. The 51-year-old Irishman took care of the successful by working away from the sector, taking pictures 6-under 65 in breezy situations at Phoenix Nation Membership.
Harrington completed at 27-under 257 to interrupt the PGA Tour Champions 72-hole file of 258 set by Tom Lehman on the 2012 Schwab Cup Championship. The 27 underneath matches the file set by Jack Nicklaus on the 1990 Kaulig Firms Championship.
Alker trailed Harrington by 5 pictures heading into the ultimate spherical, however the gamers behind had been his solely concern by way of the Schwab Cup.
It received tight on the again 9.
Alex Cejka made an early transfer, opening eagle-birdie to maneuver forward of Alker on the entrance 9.
Alker had his first bogey of the match when his tee shot on the par-4 twelfth landed in opposition to the lip of a fairway bunker and he needed to punch out to the golf green. He added one other on the par-3 thirteenth gap, dropping to 17 underneath.
That put Lee Janzen a shot behind Alker, with Miguel Angel Jimenez two again and Stephen Ames nonetheless inside attain at 14 underneath.
Alker gave himself extra of a cushion with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and added one other on the brief par-4 sixteenth. The 51-year-old from New Zealand left a birdie putt on No. 18 on the lip to complete at 19 underneath and declare the Schwab Cup in his second season on the 50-and-over tour.
Cejka shot 65 to complete at 20 underneath. Janzen (66), Jimenez (66) and Ames (67) tied for fourth at 16 underneath.
The PGA Tour Champions gave Alker one other alternative in a profession that took him world wide.
Beginning in New Zealand in 1989, Alker performed on six excursions that acquired world rating factors, together with three seasons on the PGA Tour and two in Europe. His greatest yr was 2014, when he earned $261,901 on what’s now the Korn Ferry Tour and reached his highest world rating at No. 191 in 2002.
Alker began his PGA Tour Champions profession as a Monday qualifier on the Boeing Basic in August 2021, choosing up a top-10 end that earned him a spot within the following week’s match. He adopted with 4 extra prime 10s to maintain enjoying, earned his manner into the postseason and ultimately received to safe a full card.
The arrogance snowballed into this season, when he received 5 occasions whereas incomes greater than $3.3 million.
Alker arrived within the desert with a lead of greater than 600,000 factors over Harrington within the race for the Schwab Cup and performed almost flawless golf by way of the primary three days. He entered the ultimate spherical trailing solely Harrington, who shot a 9-under 62 within the third spherical.
Harrington saved pouring in birdies, turning the entrance 9 in 3-under 33. He added one other at No. 12 and curled in a slick 40-foot birdie from the perimeter on No. 15.
Harrington hit into the grandstand left of the par-5 18th and, after a drop, hit his pitch to 12 ft. He missed the putt and the prospect to interrupt Nicklaus’ file.
Alker by no means had an opportunity to catch Harrington, however he did not have to. He saved enjoying his regular recreation and ended up with the larger trophy.