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Steady Freddie sets higher goals after winning Schwab Cup

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, and Kenny Perry topped the year-long points race to earn a $1 million annuity.

Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara. The Hall of Famer has nine victories in four seasons on the 50-and-over tour after winning 15 times on the PGA Tour.

"It's great to win. It seems like four years ago," Couples said. "Now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum."

After playing 15 events on the Champions Tour this year and finishing third in the points race, Couples indicated he was going to play at least two or three more events next year and take a shot at winning the Charles Schwab Cup. His points finish earned him a bonus $300,000 annuity.

"This tour, to win the Schwab Cup, I'll play a lot and I hope to play well," Couples said. 'I'd like to have the kind of year Kenny had. The goal is to win the Cup. The goal is to play."

Couples finished at 17-under 267 at TPC Harding Park.

"This year, I wouldn't call it a waste, but it was a waste as far as not winning," he said. "This week was different. I did not miss many shots. I got the lead and I kept it. I'm not a fierce competitor but I love the competition."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 4, 2013 C8

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