Notebook: Cochran makes good on his promise
May 27, 2014
- Russ Cochran, left, donate five special-needs bicycles to Variety - The Children’s Charity from his 2013 winnings.
• In a battle of three members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Colin Montgomerie was spot on Sunday at the Senior PGA Championship, first eliminating Bernhard Langer and then pulling away from 64-year-old Tom Watson to win his first major championship by four strokes.
• Montgomerie ended an official victory drought of 138 career starts on the PGA TOUR and 17 appearances on the Champions Tour.
• Colin Montgomerie became the third different member of the World Golf Hall of Fame to win on the Champions Tour this year (Bernhard Langer-Mitsubishi Electric Championshp at Hualalai, Insperity Invitational), Fred Couples (Toshiba Classic). The Senior PGA Championship also marks the third tournament this season where Hall of Fame members have finished in the top three positions (Toshiba Classic, Insperity Invitational).
• With the win, Colin Montgomerie earned a spot in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. Kenny Perry received some good news after his T13 finish at the Senior PGA Championship as well. Ted Bishop, the president of the PGA of America, extended Perry a special invitation to Valhalla.
• Tom Watson’s runner-up finish was the 17th time he’s finished among the top-three in a senior major in his Champions Tour career.
• 2012 International Team Presidents Cup assistant captain Tony Johnstone was recently inducted into the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame.
• Last year, Russ Cochran recorded a one-stroke win over Jay Don Blake at The Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa for his fourth Champions Tour victory. Following the win, Cochran announced he would donate five special-needs bicycles to Variety - The Children’s Charity from his winnings. Cochran made good on his promise last month at the tournament’s media day at Wakonda Club.
• With three previous titles at The Principal Charity Classic on his resume, Jay Haas will be seeking his fourth title in the event and could join Jack Nicklaus (1990, ’91, ’95 and ’96 Regions Traditions) and Hale Irwin (1996, ’97, ’98, ’04 Senior PGA Championships) as the only players to have claimed the same event four times although Irwin also won the Kaanapali Classic/Turtle Bay Championship a record six times. Although he has not won in 2014, Haas has finished in the top 5 in eight of nine starts this year.
• In the previous 13 years, no player has made The Principal Charity Classic his first career title on the Champions Tour.
• Olin Browne was a four-time winner on the Web.com Tour prior to moving to the PGA TOUR and eventually the Champions Tour. One of those four wins came in 1991 when he captured the Ben Hogan Hawkeye Open in July that year at Finkbine CC in Iowa City.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Following his Senior PGA Championship victory, Colin Montgomerie earned 756 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race based on double points at all five Champions Tour major championships. Montgomerie now moves into second place in the season-long Schwab Cup race with 1,227 points. Bernhard Langer still leads the season-long race after nine events with 1,511 points.
72.577 -- The par-72 Wakonda Club played to a field average of 72.577 in its first year as the venue of The Principal Charity Classic in 2013. It was the highest scoring average for the tournament since 2004 when the par-71 Glen Oaks CC hosted and the stroke average was 72.797.
ON THIS DATE
5/26/13 -- Japan’s Kohki Idoki makes the most of his first visit ever to the United States. He shoots a final-round 6-under-par 65 and passes 54-hole leader Kenny Perry on the back nine to claim the Senior PGA Championship.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bob Gilder is the only player in this year’s field who has competed in every Principal Charity Classic. Gilder is a two-time winner of the event, claiming his first title in 2002, and winning a second title nine years later.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“There's a motto, if you fail and fail, you come back and try again. I've had a couple of failures here in America and close calls, especially in Major Championships, and it's great to finally, finally win.” – Colin Montgomerie comments after winning his first official event in America.
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