Sarasota’s Scott Dunlap once again will be competing for the Charles Schwab Cup when the first round of the playoffs begin this weekend in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va.
Dunlap, a Sarasota High grad and an All-American at the University of Florida, finished 29th in the Schwab rankings, He has won $639,944 with six top 10 finishes.
This is Dunlap’s sixth year on the Champions Tour and has qualified for the Schwab Cup every year.
The Charity Classic is the first of three tournaments in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs and will host the top 72 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course in Richmond, Virginia, this week. Then, 54 players will advance to the Invesco QQQ Championship, and only 36 will make the culminating event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix where the Charles Schwab Cup winner will be determined, as well as the $1 million bonus.
Bernhard Langer finished No. 1 in the rankings. Other legends that have qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs include World Golf Hall of Fame members Vijay Singh (No. 11) and Colin Montgomerie (No. 27), as well as John Daly (No. 66). In all, 51 players have qualified for the Playoffs each of the last three years, and seven players will make their Playoffs debut in 2018: Dan Forsman, Ken Tanigawa, Tom Gillis, Kent Jones, Tommy Tolles, Clark Dennis and Mike Small.
This season, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which previously featured a points reset before the season’s last event, will now feature double points awarded to the 36-player field, as approved by the Tour’s Policy Board. With double points at each of the three Playoffs events, the format sets forth a platform of consistency, which allows for fans to better engage with the tournaments as a season-long champion is determined. The first two Playoffs events, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and Invesco QQQ Championship, feature $2 million purses and double points. In Phoenix at the Playoffs finale, players will compete for a $2.5 million purse at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and now also earn double points.
Here are the players that finished around the “bubble” after the last week’s SAS Championship:
68. Mike Small
69. Steve Pate
70. Davis Love III
71. José María Olazábal
72. Dan Forsman
73. John Huston
74. Michael Allen
75. Rod Spittle
76. Christopher Williams
77. Phillip Price