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Russ  Cochran

Russ Cochran

Paducah, KY; Jupiter, FL

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Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:32 PM
  • Birthplace: Paducah, KY
  • Residence: Paducah, KY; Jupiter, FL
  • Age: 53
  • Turned Pro: 1979

PGA TOUR Victories

(1) 1991,Centel Western Open.

Other Victories

(4): 1983 Magnolia Classic, Greater Baltimore Open. 1991 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. 2011 Lime Jamaica Open.

2012 Champions Tour Money and Position

$226,630 (24)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T6-- Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay. T9-- ACE Group Classic. T10-- Allianz Championship.

Champions Tour Best Round

64 at Round 1, ACE Group Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Among the early leaders at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am and eventually finished T6 at TPC Tampa Bay...Fired a closing-round, 5-under-par 67 to finish T10 at the Allianz Championship.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Centel Western Open.

Career Highlights

2011: Made just 17 appearances and was sidelined from late April until early July with a right-wrist injury, returning to action at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach...Still managed to finish among the top-five money-winners for a second consecutive year, thanks to top-five finishes in five of his first seven tournaments and eventually the biggest victory of his career in late July in England...Traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and won the Senior British Open at Walton Heath, defeating Mark Calcavecchia by two strokes to become the first left-hander to win a major championship since the Senior British became an official Champions Tour event in 2003. Was tied for the 54-hole lead with Calcavecchia, but got off to a fast start in the final round and never looked back, making birdies on six of his first 10 holes Sunday. Third career victory on the Champions Tour earned him a spot in the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and earned him Player of the Month honors for July...Also fell to Calcavecchia in a playoff at the Boeing Classic a month later. Final-round 65 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge included a dramatic 12-foot eagle putt on the last hole of regulation to send the tournament into overtime. Lost the overtime when he bogeyed the same 18th hole from the greenside bunker on the first extra hole and Calcavecchia two-putted from 25 feet for birdie...Early in the season, shared the first-round lead with Bernhard Langer at The ACE Group Classic and eventually finished T3 along with Nick Price, five strokes back of Langer...Led the Outback Steakhouse by as many as three strokes at the turn in the final round before disaster struck at No. 14 at TPC Tampa Bay when he made a triple bogey. Coupled with a birdie by John Cook, the four-stroke swing dropped him into second place. Saw any chance to win slip away when he finished with a double bogey at No. 18, leaving him T3...Teamed with Mark Wiebe to finish T3 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Duo shot a final-round, 12-under 60, the low Sunday score in the team, better-ball format, to finish one stroke out of a playoff. Effort in Savannah would be his last until early July...Opened the campaign with a career-best, 10-under-par 62 that also matched the lowest first-round score in Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai tournament history. 36-hole score of 17-under 127 also tied the tournament record and was the best 36-hole score of his career...Near the end of the year, traveled to Jamaica and won the Lime Jamaica Open, defeating Dave Rummells and Dave Levesque by two strokes in the 54-hole event at Rose Hall. 2010: Enjoyed his finest year as a professional. Along with two wins and 11 top-10 finishes, he also finished fourth on the money list and fifth in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings...Broke through for his first victory on the Champions Tour when he defeated Fred Funk in a one-hole playoff at the inaugural Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea in September. After opening with a 1-over-par 73, followed with rounds of 65-66 and then hit a bunker shot to within a foot for a birdie on the first playoff hole for the win. Just prior, Funk had missed a 2-foot birdie chance at No. 18 in regulation which would have given him the win. The victory earned him a record first-place check for $456,000 and it was his first win in 405 starts in PGA TOUR-sanctioned events. It was also his first since the 1991 Centel Western Open, a span of 19 years, 2 months, 5 days...Backed up South Korea victory with a wire-to-wire triumph in his next start at the SAS Championship in Cary, NC. Enjoyed a four-stroke lead after two rounds at Prestonwood and managed to outdistance defending champion Tom Pernice, Jr. by two strokes despite posting a final-round 71. SAS win allowed him to join Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Nick Price and Mark O'Meara as multiple winners in 2010, and he also became the third player in 2010 to win consecutive events, joining Couples and Langer. He also joined Tom Watson (Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai) as just the second start-to-finish winner during the year and he also became the first left-hander to win multiple titles in a season since Bob Charles in 1993 when the New Zealand legend won three times that year. Earned September Player of the Month honors for his two victories...Was one of a quartet of players to finish T3 at the Senior British Open in July at Carnoustie...Posted rounds of 67-67 on the weekend to finish a distant third at The Cap Cana Championship. Performance in the Dominican Republic was his best on the Champions Tour since a T2 at the 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship...Final-round 65 at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach equaled the low Sunday round, and 7-under 29 on the front nine matched the nine-hole tournament record. He also teamed with Spencer Jones of The First Tee of Cleveland County (Shelby, NC) to post a 21-under-par 195 total and win the pro-junior portion of the event...Set a course record at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm with a 6-under-par 64 in the second round of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship...Led all players in Birdies with 321, and was T2 in Sub-Par Rounds with 46. 2009: One of the great success stories of the season which ended with him winning Rookie of the Year honors...The left-hander started the season as a conditionally-exempt player after a T11 finish at the 2008 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament, but he parlayed strong play into a top-30 finish on the money list and fully-exempt status for 2010...Capped his year with a runner-up performance to John Cook at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where he posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s...Also closed with a final-round 65 to finish T2 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn. Was in contention throughout the final round, but Jay Haas birdied five of his last six holes to pass him. Performance in North Carolina vaulted him from 41st to 28th on the money list and he eventually finished 17th...Key point in his year came at the U.S. Senior Open where he fashioned a third-round 64 and a final-round 68, which led to a third-place finish. That performance led to a check for $175,152, which was instrumental in his getting a high standing in the re-shuffle and the ability to play the final events of the season...Closed the year with five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, earning $583,360 in those starts for an average of $97,227 per start in that span.

Personal

Avid University of Kentucky basketball fan...Started playing with ladies' golf clubs because he couldn't find any other left-handed clubs...Son Ryan scored a hole-in-one at age 6, one of youngest ever to record an ace. Ryan shot 67 in Monday qualifier for 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic, missing a playoff for final tournament spot by one stroke...Youngest son, Case, plays golf at Texas A&M...Middle son, Reed, is a student at the University of Kentucky Law School.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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