At 51 Cochran still learning how to win

Russ CochranAMERICAN senior golfer Russ Cochran has just claimed his second straight US Champions Tour title, declaring that at 51 he is “still learning how to win.”

Cochran shot a one under par 71 yesterday for a two-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr. in the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina.

The left-handed Cochran won his lone regular PGA Tour title in 1991 at the Western Open – the only win in what was an extensive career.

Then he won for the first time on the 50-and-over tour two weeks ago in South Korea – the first time the tour ventured into Asia.

Cochran finished at 14 under at the Prestonwood Country Club yesterday, a wire to wire win after shooting 64-67 the first two days and going into the final round with a four-stroke lead.

“I’m not used to a big lead, so I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I found out that you just need to play well regardless. It’s not like I was ever a great winner. I’m still learning how to win right now.”

Collecting the US$315,000 winners cheque should aid the process.

Pernice, the 2009 winner, closed with a 68, while John Cook (70) was third at 10 under.

Bernhard Langer (68), Mark Calcavecchia (69), Bobby Clampett (69) and Ted Schulz (72) followed at 9 under.

Australia’s Peter Senior again performed well, birdying the final two holes to finishing on 7 under and tied for 19th place.  

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