Cochran wins Senior British by two|
Surrey, England (Sports Network) - Russ Cochran fired a five-under 67 on
Sunday to win the Senior British Open Championship by two strokes.
Cochran finished at 12-under-par 276. This was his third Champions Tour title,
but first in a major.
The 52-year-old Cochran's lone PGA Tour title was at the 1991 Western Open.
"I think that it's a big hump that I got over. I had a couple of chances
earlier in the year, and I didn't follow through with it," Cochran said in a
television interview. "I think to do it in a major on this golf course, it
just means so much."
Mark Calcavecchia posted a three-under 69 to end alone in second. The 1989
British Open champion had taken the lead on the front nine, but was done in by
a four-putt double-bogey on No. 9. Calcavecchia ended at 10-under-par 278.
Tom Watson matched Cochran's 67 to share third place at minus-nine. Watson, a
five-time British Open and three-time Senior British Open champion, was joined
in third place at Walton Heath by Corey Pavin, who closed with a 69.
Cochran got off to a fast start with birdies on one and two. Calcavecchia kept
the pace as he birdied the second and third.
Calcavecchia, who had a piece of the lead after each of the first three
rounds, moved one ahead with a birdie on No. 6.
Cochran matched that birdie, his fourth in four days on the par-five sixth. He
followed with birdies on seven and eight to take a two-shot lead at 12-under.
Calcavecchia struggled on No. 9 to give Cochran a big cushion. Calcavecchia
knocked his approach inside 10 feet, but four-putted for double-bogey to
tumble four shots back.
"The four-whack on the ninth hole, those usually hurt you," Calcavecchia joked
in a television interview. "The greens are tough here, but that was all my
fault. I pulled both those little, short putts. That happens every now and
then, but overall I played really good."
Cochran converted an eight-footer for birdie on the 10th to extend his lead to
five shots. Calcavecchia birdied the 12th from about 12 to get one back.
Things got tighter after Calcavecchia's approach at No. 15 stopped inside two
feet, while Cochran was struggling on the 14th. After Calcavecchia tapped in
for birdie, Cochran failed to save par from a bunker on 14.
Cochran's lead was down to two, and it was enough.
Calcavecchia got up and down for par on two of the last three holes, while
two-putting for par on the 17th. He ended two back in an effort to become the
fourth player to win both the British Open and Senior British Open titles.
Cochran parred the final four holes to seal the win.
Barry Lane took fifth at eight-under-par 280 after shooting 70 on Sunday.
David Frost, who shared the third-round lead with Cochran and Calcavecchia,
managed an even-par 72 to end alone in sixth at minus-seven.
NOTES: Cochran earned $315,600 for the win...Bernhard Langer, the 2010
champion, closed with his second straight 69 to share 12th place at four-
under-par 284...Since the Senior British Open became an official event in
2003, Watson is the only player to have made the cut in all eight
championships...Bob Gilder, who shared 16th place, competed in his 51st
consecutive major championship on the Champions Tour. Gilder has played in
every major since joining the tour in 2001, the longest current streak on the
Champions Tour...Langer is the defending champion again next week at Inverness
for the U.S. Senior Open Championship.
07/24 16:05:53 ET