Notebook: SAS Championship, Round 3

October 13, 2013
Champions Tour staff

With his victory today…

• Russ Cochran wins for the second time in 2013. He also won the Principal Charity Classic earlier this year.

• He wins his fifth Champions Tour title.

• He becomes the seventh multiple winner this year on the Champions Tour, joining Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Kenny Perry, Rocco Mediate, Esteban Toledo and Mark Wiebe.

• He earns a check for $315,000 and increases his 2013 earnings to $1,319,917.

• He earns 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race and moves into 6th place in the standings with 1,312 points.

• He becomes the first player to post multiple wins in this event. He also won in 2010.

• He posts multiple wins for the second time in his Champions Tour career. He won twice in 2010, claiming back-to-back wins at the Posco E&C Songdo Championship and here at the SAS Championship.

-- Cochran birdied the final four holes to win his second SAS Championship in the last four years. Cochran trailed David Frost by as many as three shots late in the round but four consecutive birdies allowed him to overtake Frost for the win. Playing one group in front of Frost, he tied him with a birdie at No. 17 and then claimed the title by draining a eight-footer on the final hole for his second win in 2013. Kirk Triplett birdied his final two holes to finish in third place, one better than Gary Hallberg.

-- Cochran was a combined 13-under-par for the week on the back nine at Prestonwood Country Club. His only bogey in the three rounds on the back nine came on No. 13 on Sunday.

-- With Russ Cochran’s four straight birdies to close his round, it marked the first time a player had made four straight to win an event since Mark Calcavecchia birdied the final three holes and then the first playoff hole to win the 2011 Boeing Classic. The other player in that playoff…Russ Cochran.

-- A final-round 6-under-par 66 helped Gary Hallberg finish fourth. It was his best finish since he was second to Fred Couples at the 2012 Senior British Open. His effort on Sunday was also his first top-10 of the year and earned him $124,950 and moved him from 56th to 41st on the money list.

-- Kenny Perry remains atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings with 2,760 points. Bernhard Langer finished T8 and picked up 60 points and remains second with 2,151 points, 609 behind Perry. David Frost is third with 1,971 points.

-- After starting the week as the eighth alternate and getting into the field on Thursday after a withdrawal, Ander Forsbrand took full advantage of his opportunity. The native of Sweden finished T5 and by virtue of that finish, he earned a berth in next week’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn as a top-10 finisher not otherwise exempt. It was the second time he had done so. Last month he finished T4 at the Montreal Championship to earn a spot at the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

-- Joe Daley posted his first top-10 finish of the 2013 campaign when he finished T8.

-- Kirk Triplett saw his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt end at 191 when he three-putted No. 10 on Sunday. It had been the best current streak on the Champions Tour. The longest streak this year in that category was 275 holes by Esteban Toledo earlier this year. Kirk Triplett did run his streak of sub-par rounds dating back to his first round at the Montreal Championship to 11.

-- Players Battling for Berths in Charles Schwab Cup Championship: With wo full-field events remaining, there are a number of players battling for some of the remaining spots available for the season-ending championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., from Oct. 28-Nov. 3. A year ago, the player in the No. 30 spot had earned $516,619 heading into the season finale. That was after just 23 events. This year there are two additional tournaments on the schedule. So far, through 22 events, 27 players have surpassed that figure. Below is a rundown on the players currently in positions 25-35.

-- The field scoring average was 71.089 on Sunday, a slight increase from Saturday’s average of 70.835. There were 26 rounds in the 60s and 45 sub-par rounds. No. 1 was the hardest hole, while No. 17 was the easiest for the week. It ranks as the easiest on Tour in 2013.