Cook wins Champions finale; Langer takes points title

John Cook, left, and Bernhard Langer during the final round of the Schwab Cup Championship.

John Cook, left, and Bernhard Langer during the final round of the Schwab Cup Championship.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — John Cook successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday at Harding Park, while Bernhard Langer took his first season points title.

Cook shot 4-under 67, holing a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole to beat Michael Allen by two strokes.

Cook began the day a shot behind Allen, but birdied two of the first three holes to take the lead for good. Cook finished at 17 under and earned $440,000 for his fifth career victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Allen, who grew up in the Bay Area, shot a 70 in the rainy, windy conditions that hampered his tee shots and forced the 2009 Senior PGA Championship winner to scramble most of the day.

Langer (69) tied for third with David Frost (71) at 12 under to wrap up the Schwab Cup points race and $1 million annuity. Fred Couples, the only player in position to catch Langer entering the tournament, closed with a 67 to tie for 10th at 9 under.

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