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Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.
Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.

CARY, N.C. — Russ Cochran holed an 8-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship.

"David played a great round, and I knew someone was going to play well," Cochran said. "I was hoping to hang around there and kind of catch fire. And it took every hole to do that.

"We knew we needed to make birdies, especially after the bogey on 13."

The 54-year-old Cochran, also the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199 ...

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October 12, 2013 | 5:42 p.m.

Cochran leads SAS Championship by 2

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Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.
Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.

Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead at the SAS Championship.

Cochran, 54, made birdies on five of his first six holes before bogeying the par-5 seventh at Prestonwood CC in Cary, N.C. He also added birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 during the second round of play.

"They were going in from everywhere," Cochran said about his fast start. "It just felt comfortable and felt easy.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and David Frost are tied for second at 10-under 134. Each player shot 67-67 in the first- and second-rounds ...

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October 11, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.

Three-way tie for lead at SAS Championship

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Russ Cochran
Russ Cochran

Russ Cochran, Larry Nelson and Mark Mouland each shot 6-under 66 in the first round the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C.

There is a five-way tie – Mike Goodes, Michael Allen, David Frost, Kirk Triplett and Bernhard Langer – for second at 5 under.

Nick Faldo made his Champions tour debut this week, but it was short lived. He was forced to withdraw after 12 holes due to an arm injury.

“I’ve got a torn capsule (in my left arm). I’ve been doing fine, but now I can’t grip the (club ...

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September 4, 2013 | 5:57 p.m.

Sutton hopes for renewal with 2nd new hip

Jeff Rude
Pardon Hal Sutton if he yells “hip hip hooray” when he returns to competition next year. That’s because he figures he’ll be the only Champions Tour member playing with two artificial hips.
Pardon Hal Sutton if he yells “hip hip hooray” when he returns to competition next year. That’s because he figures he’ll be the only Champions Tour member playing with two artificial hips.

Pardon Hal Sutton if he yells “hip hip hooray” when he returns to competition next year. That’s because he figures he’ll be the only Champions Tour member playing with two artificial hips. That is not the kind of history a veteran professional wants to make, but Sutton will gladly take it because it will mean no more severe discomfort.

“I was flinching from pain,” the 1983 PGA champion said. “I got to where I was bent over at address because the more bent over you are, the less pressure you put on your hips.”

Sutton said doctors tell ...

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Rocco Mediate birdies the 7th hole during the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.
Rocco Mediate birdies the 7th hole during the final round of the Shaw Charity Classic at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.

Rocco Mediate used a final-round 7-under 64 to clear the field by seven strokes at the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.

It's Mediate's second Champions Tour victory in 17 starts.

Mediate held a two-shot lead heading into the final 18 holes, but used back-nine prowess – he was 18 under on the final nine holes for the week at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club – to pull away from Tom Byrum (64). Mediate, 50, was 22 under for the week, tying the tour record for a 54-hole event.

Duffy Waldorf (65) and Kirk Triplett (67) tied ...

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John Riegger during the 2013 Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour.
John Riegger during the 2013 Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour.

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. – John Riegger won the Boeing Classic on Sunday in his fifth Champions Tour start, holding off John Cook and Fred Couples at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

The 50-year-old Riegger birdied three of the final four holes — holing a 20-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th — for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Cook. Riegger finished at 15-under 201.

"I didn't look at the board," Riegger said. "The only person to put pressure on you is yourself. I knew these guys were great players their whole careers. Still are. I knew they were going to come out ...

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James Achenbach
Kenny Perry hits a tee shot during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship.
Kenny Perry hits a tee shot during the 2013 Senior PGA Championship.

For Kenny Perry, breaking his driver might be compared to tying one arm behind his back. Among senior golfers, Perry is one of the premier drivers of the golf ball in the world.

“I’ve been killing the short par 4s and all the par 5s this year,” Perry said. “It’s my driver. It’s my secret weapon. And I’ve used the same driver all year.”

Say goodbye to that exact same driver. The driver shaft was broken during cross-country air travel. Here’s the story direct from the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Wash ...

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August 19, 2013 | 10:04 a.m.

Bart Bryant wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open

Bart Bryant tees off on the 9th hole during the final round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
Bart Bryant tees off on the 9th hole during the final round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

ENDICOTT, N.Y. — It has been 33 years since the Champions Tour was born, and its newest champion is somebody special: 50-year-old rookie Bart Bryant is the tour's 1,000th winner.

Bryant, who shot a tournament record-tying 10-under 62 in the second round to build a four-shot lead, closed with a 72 on Sunday and finished at 16-under 200 to beat Russ Cochran (67) and Corey Pavin (69) by one shot.

"It was a difficult day for me. I just never really felt settled," Bryant said, his family standing by his side. "I really didn't play great. Somehow ...

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Tom Pernice Jr. after winning the 2013 3M Championship.
Tom Pernice Jr. after winning the 2013 3M Championship.

Jeff Sluman was on 59 watch for a while – but his 62 wasn't enough to overtake Tom Pernice Jr., who shot 68 Sunday to win the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.

Sluman parred his last four holes, while Pernice finished birdie-birdie for a one-shot win at 17 under.

Corey Pavin birdied the 18th for a 66 to finish T-2 alongside Sluman. Bart Bryant, Jay Haas and Rod Spittle finished T-4 at 14 under. Colin Montgomerie, Kenny Perry, Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett finished another shot back to round out the top 10.

Pernice, who finished T-2 at the Allianz ...

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Adam Schupak
At the 2013 3M Championship's Greats of Golf, from left: Fuzzy Zoeller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Pat Bradley, Lee Trevino and David Graham.
At the 2013 3M Championship's Greats of Golf, from left: Fuzzy Zoeller, Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Pat Bradley, Lee Trevino and David Graham.

BLAINE, Minn. – Hollis Cavner did it again.

On the 10th anniversary of the Greats of Golf at the 3M Championship, another wrinkle entered the mix at the hands of Cavner, the CEO of Pro Links Sports, which operates six Champions Tour events. After all, we're talking about the graybeards. They've got a few.

Was it the addition for the first time of a team of LPGA stars of the not so distant past? Or Johnny Miller, a rookie participant, embracing his role as a ceremonial golfer? Or the golden oldies of Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer and Don January ...

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Alistair Tait
Mark Wiebe poses with the trophy after winning the playoff against Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Mark Wiebe poses with the trophy after winning the playoff against Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

SOUTHPORT, England – It took an extra five holes and 11 hours and 12 minutes, but a winner was finally crowned in the $2 million Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Mark Wiebe won his first senior major when he prevailed in a five-hole playoff over Bernhard Langer that extended into an extra day.

The 55-year-old earned a check for $315,000 and an invitation to next year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. It’s his fourth Champions Tour win to go with two PGA Tour victories, although it might take him a while to get used to being called ...

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Alistair Tait
Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe make their way onto the 18th green for the second playoff hole during the final round of the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe make their way onto the 18th green for the second playoff hole during the final round of the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

SOUTHPORT, England – Darkness won the Senior Open Championship. At least for now.

Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe will return at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning to see who wins this year’s Senior Open at Royal Birkdale after they ran out of light. Two playoff holes -- one in almost complete darkness -- failed to settle this year’s winner after the pair had tied on 9-under totals of 271.

Wiebe left a 10-foot birdie putt short on the 72nd hole that would have won him the title. Langer stood on the 18th with a two-shot lead and seemed to have both ...

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Bernhard Langer in action during the second round of The Senior Open Championship played at Royal Birkdale.
Bernhard Langer in action during the second round of The Senior Open Championship played at Royal Birkdale.

Bernhard Langer used a nearly-perfect 4-under 66 to take a three-shot lead on Saturday at the Senior British Open.

Langer, the 2010 Senior British champ, birdied three of his first seven holes to distance himself from Mark Wiebe, with whom he shared the 36-hole lead.

Langer will play in Sunday's final group with David Frost, who picked up a second consecutive 68. Wiebe is in third after an even-par 70.

"That was as good as I can play," said Langer, who had only one bogey on Saturday. "My ball-striking was almost perfect and I played really well, apart from ...

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Bernhard Langer in action during the second round of The Senior Open Championship played at Royal Birkdale.
Bernhard Langer in action during the second round of The Senior Open Championship played at Royal Birkdale.

Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer fired a 3-under 67 to jump into a share of the Senior British Open lead with American Mark Wiebe on Friday at Royal Birkdale.

Langer, the 2010 Senior British champ, had five birdies, but dropped two shots at No. 6 after he double-hit the ball.

"The ball was sitting up in the long grass and I caught it high on the clubface and again on the follow through," said Langer. "But that was my only blemish. Most of it was impressive and good, and I putted a little better today."

Both Wiebe and Langer are ...

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Gene Sauers during the first round of Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Gene Sauers during the first round of Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 67 in the first round of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale on Thursday, while defending champion Fred Couples struggled to an opening 74.

Sauers used three back-nine birdies on Nos. 15-17 to propel the 50-year-old American to the top of the leaderboard, one shot clear of Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Peter Senior and Frankie Minoza in Southport, England.

Two shots back at Corey Pavin, Gary Hallberg, John Cook and Jeff Hart.

Only 10 players were better than par on Thursday in windy conditions.

"I hit a lot of solid shots in the wind ...

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