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Sutherland earns first Champions win

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(TSX / STATS) -- Kevin Sutherland made his first victory on the PGA Champions Tour a memorable one.

Sutherland carded a 5-under-par 66 to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship by one stroke Sunday in Phoenix.

It was the first victory in 78 starts on the senior circuit for Sutherland, who edged former PGA major winners Vijay Singh and Lee Janzen for the title while also claiming the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup.

Sutherland finished at 15-under 198 at Phoenix Country Club to earn his second career victory -- and first since his only PGA Tour win in 2002.

"It is amazing," said Sutherland. "And I know the list of champions on here is incredible, too. I'm the luckiest man in the world. Every time I come out here and play I can't believe they let me do this."

Sutherland had an eagle and three birdies in his bogey-free final round to end the three-year Charles Schwab Cup reign of Germany's Bernhard Langer. He won $440,000 for the tournament title and $1 million for capturing the yearlong race.

Sutherland became only the third player to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and the Charles Schwab Cup in the same season, joining Tom Watson (2005) and Tom Lehman (2012).

"I played really well all year and I just couldn't find a way to get a win," said Sutherland. "So to win this tournament, it's unbelievable. I'm sure in a couple days it will sink in a little bit, but right now it just seems like I'm 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. I haven't won since 2002 (WGC-Accenture) Match Play, so 15 years. So it feels good."

Singh closed with a 63, starting his day with an eagle on No. 1 and reeling off four birdies in the final six holes to claim a share of second place.

Janzen started the day one shot behind leader Paul Goydos. He finished with a 68, dimming his chances with birdies at Nos. 13 and 16.

John Daly shot a 65 Sunday to finish with a three-way tie for fourth place with David Frost and David Toms at 201. Frost and Toms each closed with 67s.

Langer, a winner of three majors among his seven titles this season, had a final-round 64 but was unable to make up a huge deficit.

Still, the 60-year-old German won his sixth consecutive money title with a record $3,677,359.

Updated November 12, 2017

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