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Cochran beats Frost by 1 at SAS Championship
Cary, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Russ Cochran birdied the final four holes on Sunday to beat David Frost by a single stroke and win the SAS Championship.
Cochran, who also won this crown in 2010, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under-par 199. This was his fifth Champions Tour title.
"That was a great finish. I felt like I was on the verge of doing something good there in the middle of the back side and couldn't quite push it through," said Cochran. "Made the bogey on 13. I just kept taking them one at a time and they kept going in the hole. It was a wonderful feat."
Frost had taken the lead late in the round with his 6-under 66, but ended one back at minus-16.
Kirk Triplett carded a 4-under 68 to end alone in third at 14-under 202. Gary Hallberg was one back at minus-13 after closing with a 66 at Prestonwood Country Club.
Anders Forsbrand (69) and Michael Allen (70) shared fifth place at 11-under 205. Tom Byrum posted a 4-under 68 to end alone in seventh at minus-10.
Last year's winner Bernhard Langer tripped to a 1-over 73 to slide into a tie for eighth at 9-under 207. He was joined there by Peter Senior (69) and Joe Daley (70).
Cochran was two clear of Frost to start the round, but Frost birdied the first before Cochran tripped to a bogey on the same hole. They were tied for the lead until Frost moved in front with a birdie at the fourth.
Frost headed to the back nine at minus-14 after birdies on the seventh and ninth. Cochran met him there thanks to three birdies in a 4-hole span from the sixth.
Cochran fell one back when his par putt at 13 lipped out. Frost, who was in the group ahead of Cochran, then rolled in a 4-foot birdie try at 14 to quickly move two clear.
Frost rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on No. 16 to briefly move three ahead, but Cochran answered with a birdie at 15. Cochran birdied the 16th from just inside 20 feet to move within one.
Cochran's eagle try at 17th hung on the left lip, but the birdie tied him with Frost, whose birdie effort at 17 lipped out. Frost parred the 18th and headed to the putting green to see what Cochran would do.
At the last, Cochran's approach stopped eight feet from the hole, and he poured that putt in for birdie and the win.
"It was nice to play along with such great champions and such great guys to realize I was hitting good, quality shots, and I stuck with my business," Cochran stated. "Just to have things turn out great is wonderful."
NOTES: Cochran, who became the seventh multiple winner on the Champions Tour this year, earned $315,000 for the win ... The win was Cochran's second in three tries when he was the solo second-round leader ... The Champions Tour remains in North Carolina next week as Fred Funk defends his title at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
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