Steven Alker struck the opening blow in pursuit of his first Charles Schwab Cup, coming two strokes back to start the day to win the PGA TOUR Champions Dominion Energy Charity Classic at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond by a stroke over KJ Choi .
Alker, who entered the first race of the Charles Schwab Cup qualifiers at the top of the standings, followed Jerry Kelly, who is fourth in the Cup race, by one shot before consecutive birdies from 15. He added another birdie at 17 to finish at 14. -under par and edge a strong charging Choi, who shot 5-under 67. Kelly, No. 2 Schwab Cup standings Padraig Harrington, and Doug Barron were another back shot at 12 under.
Alker finished with an even 68 against Kelly’s par 72. Kelly, who started the final round at 12 under, knew it would take a lot better than a par round to win for the fourth time this season.
Instead, it was Alker who picked up his fourth victory of 2022 and cemented his grip on the Schwab Cup.
Steve Stricker, who is third in the Schwab Cup standings, skipped the DECC.
Not to be overlooked on Sunday was Rocco Mediate, who shot in the low round of the day and tied for the tournament with an 8-under 64 that lifted him from 39th to a tie for eighth. It also moved him comfortably into the top 36, securing him a spot in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup championship in Phoenix.
Mediate had eight birdies and no bogeys, and no one else on Sunday shot better than 67.
The last player to qualify for the second playoff, the TimberTech Championship, is Scott McCarron, who won the Schwab Cup in 2019. The last player out is David Branshaw, who finished T22 at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic but didn’t reached only 55th in the Schwab Cup ranking.