Calcavecchia gets 1st Champions Tour win|
Snoqualmie, WA (Sports Network) - Mark Calcavecchia defeated Russ Cochran on
the first playoff hole Sunday to get his first Champions Tour victory at the
Calcavecchia got a measure of revenge on Cochran. At this year's Senior
British Open, Cochran beat Calcavecchia on Sunday to win the major
"Russ, I threw everything I had at him and he's just a tough character and a
great player and I'm ecstatic right now," Calcavecchia said in his televised
Calcavecchia and Cochran both fired rounds of seven-under 65 and tied at 14-
under 202. Calcavecchia birdied his final three holes in regulation, including
a pitch-in at 16, a downhill 25-footer at 17 and a two-putt from 30 feet at
Calcavecchia's eagle putt at the par-five 18th nearly went in, but he tapped
in and had a two-stroke lead.
Cochran knew in the fairway that Calcavecchia would make at least birdie and
told his caddie they needed eagle. He took dead aim and played a spectacular
second to 10 feet.
Cochran drained the eagle putt and it was back to the 18th at the TPC
Calcavecchia, the 1989 British Open champion, and Cochran both found the
fairway off the tee and both had the length to get home in two.
Calcavecchia hit his second to nearly the identical spot where he was in
regulation. The left-handed Cochran pulled his second in a greenside bunker
and the advantage was Calcavecchia's.
Cochran hit his bunker shot too far and the ball rolled through the green into
the first cut of rough.
Calcavecchia lagged his eagle putt close and had a tap-in left for birdie.
That meant Cochran had to hole his chip to extend the playoff. He came up well
short and even missed his par putt, meaning Calcavecchia could two-putt from
in close for the win.
He only needed one and it was his first victory since the 2007 PODS
Championship on the PGA Tour.
"I really played good," Calcavecchia said on television. "I hit a few sloppy
shots on the back, but that's normal."
Chip Beck shot a four-under 68 on Sunday and took a distant third at nine-
Jeff Sluman, who shared the second-round lead with Calcavecchia, Cochran and
Kenny Perry, posted a one-under 71 and came in fourth at minus-eight.
Perry only managed an even-par 72 and shared fifth place with Bob Gilder, who
carded a two-under 70 on Sunday, at seven-under 209.
Bill Glasson shot a four-under 68 and moved into seventh at minus-six,
followed by Gary Hallberg, whose three-under 69 gave him eighth at five-under
Steve Lowery had a four-under 68 on Sunday and came in ninth at minus-four.
D.A. Weibring posted a one-under 71 and took 10th at three-under 213.
NOTES: Calcavecchia pocketed $300,000 for the win and moved to third on the
Champions Tour money list and second on the Charles Schwab Cup race...This was
the first playoff victory on either the PGA Tour or Champions Tour for
Calcavecchia...Last year's winner Bernhard Langer shot a one-over 73 and
shared 11th at two-under par...Local favorite Fred Couples struggled to a one-
over 73 and tied for 16th at one-under...After two weeks off, the Champions
Tour heads to Asia for the Songdo Championship Korea, which Cochran won last
08/28 21:56:57 ET