Charles Schwab Cup Championship Heavily Favor Phil Mickelson

Golf’s top players who are 50 or over will compete at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week. The event is the final tournament of the PGA Champions Tour and will take place at the Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona from Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14. The field is comprised of the top 30 money winners from the season, however, only one man can walk out victorious.

BetOnline has released its Charles Schwab Cup Championship odds and currently has Phil Mickelson as the heavy favorite at +300 odds.

This will be Mickelson’s first time competing in the playoff tournament due to it being his first few years playing on the PGA Tour Champions tour. With that being said, the 51-year-old lefty didn’t waste any time making an impact against his competition.

Mickelson has competed in four PGA Tour Champions events over the past year and a half, winning three of them. His last victory came at the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS, which took place back on October 10. Since then, he placed T-47th at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Still, it’s hard to imagine anyone else having that good of a success rate, however, that’s why ‘Lefty’ is a cut above the rest.

Mickelson is also the favorite because, unlike a lot of the other senior players, he’s still competing in PGA TOUR events. It’s important to remember that it was only back in May when he won the 2021 PGA Championship. The fact that he can still successfully beat out younger golfers is reason enough to put him ahead of the field this week. Only time will tell if Mickelson can get it done and win his first Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

2021 Charles Schwab Cup Championship Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Tuesday, November 9

  • Phil Mickelson (+300)
  • Jim Furyk (+700)
  • Steven Alker (+1000)
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez (+1000)
  • Bernhard Langer (+1000)
  • Ernie Els (+1600)
  • K.J. Choi (+2200)
  • Kevin Sutherland (+2500)
  • Alex Cejka (+2500)
  • Retief Goosen (+2800)
  • Woody Austin (+2800)
  • Fred Couples (+3000)
  • Tim Petrovic (+3000)

The complete odds list is available at

Jim Furyk Owns Second-Best Odds

Sitting at +700 odds, Jim Furyk has the second-best shot at taking home the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. This will be his second time competing in the event, having placed T-13th in 2020.

Nevertheless, a lot has changed over the past year and there’s no telling what could happen this week. Furyk has been playing well as of late, placing inside of the Top 10 in seven of his last 10 outings. Of those finishes, three were inside of the Top 3, including when he won the 2021 U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Furyk has done well in both of the last two playoff events, placing T-8th at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic while improving on that with a T-2nd finish at last week’s TimberTech Championship. While it’s been a while since he’s won a tournament, it’s hard to deny that Furyk has made a case as to why he could win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship based on his recent play alone. If his last few events are anything to go by, he could end up upsetting Mickelson.

Kevin Sutherland Charles Schwab Cup Championship Odds

One golfer who can join the history books at the Phoenix Country Club this week is Kevin Sutherland. The 57-year-old veteran has won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship twice in the past, having been victorious in 2017 and 2020. If he wins it all again this year, he’ll join Jim Thorpe and Tom Watson as the only other players to have won the tournament three times.

Considering how BetOnline is listing Sutherland at +2500 odds to win, there appears to be a decent chance of it happening.

Aside from his two victories at the Phoenix Country Club, Sutherland placed 8th in both of his other two outings at the event. In terms of recent play, he hasn’t placed inside of the Top 5 since the U.S. Senior Open back in July. That means he’s gone seven straight tournaments where he’s finished between T-9th and T-30th. With history on the line, Sutherland will need to snap his recent drought by any means possible.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.