Charles Schwab Cup Championship 2022: Who Will Follow Phil Mickelson?

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This week’s Champions Tour finale brings the Top 36 players from the season together at the Phoenix Country Club. Outside of their major championships, this week’s finale is the only other time, the Champions Tour play 72-holes.

Amazingly, this is one event on the roster that last week’s winner Bernhard Langer has never won the event despite his reign at the top of the Champions Tour.


Charles Schwab Cup Championship 2022

Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Saturday, November 13, 2022 at Phoenix Country Club

Par 71, 6764 yards


Who Will Follow Phil Mickelson in 2022?

With the mid-season controversial defection of defending champion, Phil Mickelson to LIV Golf, who will follow him and be this year’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner?

The Phoenix Country Club in Arizona is a very well-known track from the PGA Tour days, having been the regular host of the Phoenix Open up to 1986, while it has hosted three of the Charles Schwab Cup Championships in recent years between 2017-2019.

Originally a Harry Collis design, the track was revamped by Tom Lehman and John Fought in 2002. Stately Palms line the fairways of this oasis-style track, which has never been about distance, with its snugly intricate designed holes weaving their tight path through the trees.

Pristine putting surfaces and strategically challenging new bunkering since the redesign sets an intriguing test this week for the over 50s.


Which Champions Tour Players Suit This Week’s Track?

Looking at the three previous renewals of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Phoenix Country Club, it’s little surprise Jeff Maggert won the last one in 2019 with the course being a strategic test.

Kevin Sutherland has a strong plethora of form here, each time finishing in the top 8 and being the winner back in 2017. Vijay Singh winner in 2018 after being runner-up in 2017 indicates similarly that the test is a strategic one so it’s a surprise Bernhard Langer has never won, although maybe he was distracted by the final leg of the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup.

Despite being fifty-eight-years-old Kevin Sutherland is still having a solid season on the Champions Tour, just making the cut-off for this week’s event with an 8th place finish last week in the Timber Tech.

As mentioned, his record at the Phoenix Country Club is an excellent one and it was only last year that he recorded a tournament win, at the Cologuard Classic so he’s not a long shot without a chance this week. I suggest betting on Kevin Sutherland for a top-10 finish with a more modest stake on his long-shot chances at the attractive price of +2800 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).

Golf Pick: Kevin Sutherland to Make Top 10 (+250) at BetOnline

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Goydos and Sutherland Share Many Similarities This Week in Phoenix

Paul Goydos has a similar career CV to Sutherland, the same age, from California and a real grinder on both PGA and Champions Tour. For Goydos, we go back further for his last win, five years ago, in the 3M Championship. Like Sutherland the years are advancing but we know he loves this track, never finishing worse than 10th in three attempts.

Like Sutherland, he will have been motivated to make this week’s finale and I still remember vividly, when Goydos lost a play-off for the 2008 Players championship to Sergio Garcia. That form at TPC Sawgrass ties in with Jeff Maggert and Vijay Singh, two players very proficient at dealing with the strategic test of patience Sawgrass is.

I noticed last week that Paul Goydos, who finished a distant runner-up to Bernhard Langer, overshadowed how well he played, so coming here this week to Phoenix, he is worth a bet for a top 10 finish at +250 and longshot odds of +2800 to a more modest stake at BetOnline.

Golf Pick: Paul Goydos to Make Top 10 (+250) at BetOnline

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Is David Toms Trending Back Into Form After a Long Season?

David Toms was quick out of the gates in 2022, accumulating eight top-10 finishes in his first thirteen starts. The Louisiana man has always been a solid performer on strategic courses so it’s no surprise he was 4th in 2017 here and followed up with a top-10 finish the year following.

The middle months of the year were a little lacklustre with no more top 10s for the fifty-five-year-old so last week’s top 10 finish at Timber Tech was the perfect time to find his best form again.

I think David Toms is trending back into form at the perfect time to take him to win this week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship at +2800 at BetOnline.

Golf Pick: David Toms to Win (+2800) at BetOnline

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Golf Pick: David Toms to Make Top 5 (+550) at BetOnline

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