Four birdies on final four holes hold off David Frost and Kirk Triplett
CARY, N.C. (OCTOBER 13, 2013) – Russ Cochran (66-66-67=199) rallied off four straight birdies on the final four holes of the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek to win his second title at Prestonwood Country Club today.
Cochran entered Sunday with a two-stroke lead and proceeded to shoot 5-under-par to claim his second SAS Championship in four years and his second victory of the season. With the win, Cochran earned 315 Charles Schwab Cup points jumping seven places to No. 6 in the year-long points race and collected $315,000 in prize money bringing his total earnings for the year to $1,319,917.
“I hit a lot of greens here. I kind of have figured out that there are certain little pins that you don't want to go for and certain pins you do, and I get the ball in the greens and I think I putt just well enough,” Cochran said. “I had a good putting week this week but just well enough to kind of keep it heading in the right direction. The other thing is too, you know, it occurred to me I don't make that many bogeys out here.”
In total, Cochran had four bogeys through the tournament, two of which occurred on Sunday. After opening the final round with a bogey, Cochran held off David Frost and Kirk Triplett who had entered the day tied for second and two shots of the lead. Frost recorded four birdies on the front nine to pull even with Cochran and would eventually go two up after he birdied 16.
Cochran remained composed turning to his caddy and son Ryan for advice after Frost took the lead. “We knew we needed to make birdies, especially after the bogey on 13. So it became a thing of, hey, look, let's hit it at the hole, just keep trying to hit it at the hole, and see what happens. And then the 9 iron on 15 kind of helped it out.”
The four-birdie finish from Cochran was something not seen on the Champions Tour since Mark Calcavecchia at the 2011 Boeing Classic. Interestingly enough the runner-up in Seattle was none other than Cochran himself. The tight leaderboard down the stretch provided a thrilling finish for the fans at Prestonwood.
“You know, had a lot of people come up and say, man, we're pulling for you, hang in there, keep it going, that kind of stuff,” Cochran said. “But people are friendly as you know here. It's just the guys get a great feeling when they come here. And I was surprised too they've got a lot of people going out, a lot of kids were out there too. I thought there was a real connection between parents bringing their kids out and watching golf. They're all well behaved and I think they were into it.”