Cook wins Schwab Cup tournament; Langer takes year-long race



San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - John Cook carded a four-under 67 on Sunday to come from behind and successfully defend his title at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Cook finished at 17-under 267 and defeated third-round leader Michael Allen, who only managed a one-under 70 in the final round, by two strokes at the TPC Harding Park.

Cook may have won the title on Sunday, but the day's other big winner was Bernhard Langer.

The German captured the year-long Charles Schwab Cup title and the $1 million annuity. Langer shot a two-under 69 on Sunday and tied for third place with David Frost, who posted an even-par 71, at minus-12.

This was the first Charles Schwab Cup title for Langer, who won five times this season on the Champions Tour. He has won the last two Player of the Year titles, but never was able to wrap up this year-long battle.

Langer needed a strong finish and for Fred Couples to not win the tournament and that was accomplished.

"It's been an amazing year," Langer said in a televised interview. "When Freddie came out starting early this year playing really, really good, I thought, here we go, we've got a young kid in town."

Couples, a Champions Tour rookie this season, tied for 10th place with Corey Pavin.

Couples can take solace in knowing he set one Champions Tour record. His stroke average of 67.96 established a new record, obliterating the former mark of 68.59 set by Hale Irwin in 1998.

As for Sunday's final round, Cook tallied two birdies and a bogey through his first five holes. Allen was even after the same number of holes, so the pair was tied for the lead heading to No. 6.

That hole proved to be very important. Cook sank a 20-foot birdie putt and Allen's 15-footer for par stayed above ground, meaning the two-shot swing gave Cook a two-stroke cushion.

Allen got one back with a two-putt birdie at the par-five ninth. Both players birdied 10, although Allen had to make his putt from 30 feet. Cook, not to be outdone, drained a 15-foot birdie putt to stay one clear.

Allen made a set of crucial par saves over his next three holes. He converted a 15-footer at No. 11, a six-footer at 12 and a nine-footer at No. 13.

Cook reached the par-four 16th green off the tee and two-putted for a birdie. Allen missed right from the tee and couldn't make birdie. He was two behind with two to play and holed yet another clutch par putt, this time from 10 feet at the 17th.

Cook pushed his approach from the fairway at the last and Allen, sensing a small window, knocked his second to 12 feet. Cook chipped 18 feet past the flagstick, but calmly poured in the par putt for the win.

"This was great," said Cook on television. "We battled all day. I know Michael didn't have his great stuff today like he did yesterday. It was a tremendous thrill."

Russ Cochran (70), Fred Funk (68), Tom Lehman (70) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (69) shared fifth place at 11-under 273. Tom Kite shot a 68 and took ninth at minus-10.

NOTES: This victory was Cook's first of the 2010 season and fifth overall on the Champions Tour...All five of his wins have come in October or November...Two of Langer's victories were majors (Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open)...This was the last event on the 2010 schedule.

11/07 19:38:30 ET


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