Virginia Golfer Sep / Oct 2017 - Page 22

Beating the System by TOM ROBINSON B Most senior golfers slow down around age 60, but not Bernhard Langer ernhard Langer is a beast. A boss. At the least, he’s been the best 50-plus golfer in the world during the decade he’s played on the PGA Tour Champions. And the German juggernaut, barring the unforeseen, will grace Greater Richmond in October for the second consecutive autumn. Langer, 60, is expected to headline the Dominion Energy Charity Classic Oct. 19–22, on the Country Club of Virginia’s pristine James River Course. That represents a new weekend and, to executive director Steve Schoenfeld, more attractive placement on the tour schedule. The Virginia tournament is the first of three playoff stages that will decide the season-long Charles Schwab Cup winner. The Cup carries a $1 million bonus. Langer has claimed four of them, including three in a row. But to unseat defending Dominion champ Scott McCarron, Langer will have to beat the 71 men directly behind him on the money list. That’s different from the inaugural tournament last November. It was the second playoff event and featured a field of just 53 after one player, Tom Lehman, withdrew. “This gives us more chance to get some major names here,” says Schoenfeld, noting Fred Couples and John Daly were among those who failed to advance to Richmond last year. “And while it will be tough to beat last year’s weather, moving it up two weeks gives us even better odds.” 20 V I R G I N I A G O L F E R | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 17