Cochran, 54, Monday qualifies for Sony Open
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Champions Tour player Russ Cochran, 54, will play in the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season after Monday qualifying for the Sony Open in Hawaii. Danny Lee, Steven Alker and Josh Persons also qualified.
Cochran, the 2011 Senior British Open champion, shot 67 Monday at Turtle Bay Resort's Palmer Course to earn his Sony Open spot. This will be Cochran's first PGA Tour start since he missed the cut at the 2009 Zurich Classic, which he also Monday qualified for.
Lee was the medalist in the qualifier with a 65. The 22-year-old lost his PGA Tour card after finishing 164th on the money list last year. He missed his card by a stroke at Q-School. He missed the cut at last year's Sony (72-71).
Alker, who shot 69 Monday, finished No. 102 on the Web.com Tour money list last year. Persons played three Web.com Tour events last year, finishing in the top 15 in two of them.
Persons shot 70 Monday, then beat Stephen Hale, Steven Lecuyer and Tim Wilkinson in a playoff for the final spot.
UCLA's Lorens Chan and PGA Tour winners Billy Mayfair and Tom Pernice were among those who shot 71 to miss the playoff by a shot. Patrick Cantlay (72), Tadd Fujikawa (73), Parker McLachlin (73), Tim Petrovic (73), USC's Anthony Paolucci (74), Meen-Whee Kim (74) and former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson (74) also failed to qualify.