Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pernice Leads Schwab Cup Morning Briefing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pernice Leads Schwab Cup Morning Briefing

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Tom Pernice Jr. shot a 5-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and three others in the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Pernice, 55, rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a birdie on the par-5 18th on Desert Mountain's Cochise Course.

Langer, 57, won the Charles Schwab Cup points title last week in San Antonio, taking a lot of the drama out of the season-ending event. He has a tour-high five victories -- two of them majors -- and also has wrapped up the season money title with $2,916,189.

Jay Haas, Kenny Perry and Joe Durant matched Langer at 66.

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