ith a single swing of a wedge, Jeff Maggert ended a four-year victory drought and landed Scott McCarron some dearly-sought hardware.
Maggert’s holeout from 123 yards on the third extra hole ended the 2019 PGA Tour Champions season in spectacular fashion. Entering the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a one-shot lead, Maggert needed a birdie on the last hole of regulation to force a playoff with Retief Goosen. But with Goosen in tight on the third extra hole, Maggert’s wedge approach took two hops and found the hole and spark a fairway celebration.
The eagle gave Maggert his first victory on the over-50 circuit since he won four times during the 2015 season.
“It’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle. Four and a half years on this tour is an eternity,” Maggert said. “I’ve seen (playoff hole-outs) happen, but I never thought it would happen to me in my life. Obviously I didn’t make a lot of putts the last two days, but that just goes to show that sometimes you don’t need the putter working to play well.”
While Maggert and Goosen battled it out in overtime for the tournament title, the fate of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup also hung in the balance. Goosen was in position to win both trophies with a playoff win over Maggert, and he would have become the first PGA Tour Champions rookie to earn the season-long prize.
Instead Maggert’s victory meant that McCarron finally won the Charles Schwab Cup after a number of close finishes. The 54-year-old built a healthy lead in the standings thanks to a trio of early-season wins, but he failed to contend in any of the three postseason events and tied for 27th this week at Phoenix Country Club.
But after finishing second, third and fourth in the season-long race over the last three years, the 54-year-old finally got the job done this season and will receive a $1 million bonus.
“The pressure of winning this trophy got to me a little bit, and I didn’t play as well as I’d been playing,” McCarron said. “I put so much pressure on myself to win this thing. As they say when you’re only shooting for the prize, your arrows don’t shoot straight.”
The playoff result meant that Jerry Kelly finished second in the final standings behind McCarron, while Goosen finished third. Maggert moved up to 11th thanks to his victory, while Champions stalwart and five-time Schwab Cup champ Bernhard Langer finished fourth.