Harrison Frazar wins first PGA Tour Champions event; Rocco Mediate plays his way into next round

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Sunday delivered an exhilarating sudden-death playoff that resulted in a first-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions. The tournament also witnessed the impressive performance of four golfers who secured their spots in the next round.

Richard Green and Harrison Frazar finished with identical scores of 11 under after 54 holes at the prestigious Country Club of Virginia, setting the stage for a thrilling playoff. Remarkably, this event marked the first of three Charles Schwab Cup playoff events.

Prior to this victory, Green had achieved three wins on the DP World Tour, while Frazar had one win to his name, which came in the 2011 Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. Notably, the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational featured golfers from the PGA Tour, LPGA, Champions, and the then-Nationwide Tour.

As a left-handed golfer from Australia, Green solidified his position as the clubhouse leader with rounds of 67-69-69. Frazar, on the other hand, went 65-71-69 and narrowly missed an eagle opportunity on the par-5 18th hole that could have secured outright victory. However, he skillfully capitalized on a birdie putt from approximately three feet to force the playoff.

During the playoff, Frazar displayed nerves of steel by sinking a remarkable 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, which ignited his jubilant celebration.

Frazar’s performance catapulted him from 33rd to 13th in the points race among the 72 players who qualified for the postseason. Green also experienced a significant surge, rising from 24th to 14th. Despite their impressive accomplishments, both golfers remain too far behind to contend for the season-long title. Steve Stricker, who did not participate in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, currently maintains a substantial lead in the points standings. In fact, only five other golfers—Steven Alker, Bernhard Langer, Stephen Ames, David Toms, and Ernie Els—retain a mathematical chance of catching up to him.

Among this group, Els showcased an outstanding performance on Sunday, tying for seventh place. Meanwhile, Ames tied for 20th, Alker and Langer tied for 25th, and Toms tied for 35th.

Who’s Advancing and Who’s Not?

In two weeks’ time, only the top 54 players will advance to the TimberTech Championship.

The following players successfully secured their spots in the upcoming championship: Shane Bertsch (moved from 56th to 50th), John Huston (moved from 55th to 52nd), Rocco Mediate (moved from 59th to 53rd), and Charli Wi (moved from 57th to 54th). However, the season has unfortunately come to an end for Matt Gogel (moved from 51st to 55th), David Branshaw (moved from 52nd to 57th), Woody Austin (moved from 54th to 58th), and Kirk Triplett (moved from 53rd to 59th).

Notable players who did not advance include Fred Couples, who ranked 63rd in the points standings and made the decision to skip the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, leading to his slip to 64th. David Duval, who exhibited a remarkable rally in the regular-season finale to secure the 71st spot, rose to 66th but could not secure advancement. Unfortunately, Jim Furyk, who began the week in the 72nd and final position, was forced to withdraw due to injury after shooting a first-round score of 76.

What Comes Next?

Following a week-long interlude, the TimberTech Championship will take place from November 3rd to 5th at the renowned Old Course at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Florida.

For the top 36 players, the journey will continue at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, a thrilling 72-hole tournament with no cuts, set to unfold from November 9th to 12th at the esteemed Phoenix Country Club.

This story originally appeared on GolfWeek


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