“It was never meant to be fair,” Bernhard Langer said after he finished second on the Champions Tour order of merit.
The German won the first two play-off events, and posted a final round 64 to tie for 12th at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
But that wasn’t enough, as Kevin Sutherland won his first title in 78 attempts on the Tour for over-50s, allowing him to leapfrog Langer in the standings.
“It was meant to be play-offs,” Langer said “Everybody in the field was given a chance to win. Is it fair? No, it’s not, but that’s how it is right now.“
Sutherland, who was fifth in the standing previous to the last event, had 15 top-10 finishes this season. He finished second three times, and third twice.
“I played really well all year and I just couldn’t find a way to get a win,” he said. “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.”