Conquers Senior Open
SURREY, ENGLAND | It was a matter of who
would make the first mistake, and if they were
waiting for Russ Cochran, they just kept waiting.
Cochran shot a final-round, 5-under 67 to
win the Senior Open Championship on Sunday
at historic Walton Heath Golf Club by two shots
over Mark Calcavecchia.
Cochran captured his first senior
major championship and his third
career victory on the Champions Tour,
largely in part to consecutive 67s on
the weekend that gave him a 72-hole
total of 276, 12-under par.
Cochran and Calcavecchia were
tied for the lead after three rounds
at 7 under, and Cochran ran out to a
quick start in the final round.
The left-hander, from
Paducah, Ky., birdied the
first two holes and then
three in a row starting
at the sixth and added
another birdie at the par-
even with Cochran at
undoing came at the
par- 3 ninth when he
was looking at a birdie
putt from about 12 feet.
had a double-bogey. After Cochran’s birdie at
the 10th, Calcavecchia was five shots behind
and without enough holes to catch up.
Calcavecchia is still looking for his first victory on the Champions Tour. He had a one-shot
lead going into the final round of The Tradition,
another senior major, and shot 75 on Sunday.
It looked like Calcavecchia’s championship
to win when he led the field after 36 holes with
rounds of 68-69 ( 7 under). On Saturday, he
got it to 10 under through 11 holes of the third
round, but found the worrisome heather that
borders the fairways and gave all the lead back
with a triple-bogey seven at the par- 4 13th. He
added another bogey at the 16th and closed
with a birdie to tie Cochran.
Cochran got into the thick of the championship by opening Saturday’s round with three
consecutive birdies. He turned in 4-under 32
and birdied the 10th and 11th to get to 8 under.
But he also found disaster, this time a double-bogey at the par- 4 14th. He birdied the next
hole and hung on to get into the final group.
The Senior Open Championship was just
Cochran’s second tournament since April,
having missed more than two months due to
an injury to his right wrist. Prior to his return,
at Pebble Beach earlier this month, he had five
top-four finishes in seven previous events on
the Champions Tour this season.
Tom Watson shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to
finish the championship tied for third at 9 under
with Corey Pavin, who shot 69 on Sunday. Barry
Lane was fifth at 8 under.
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