Russ Cochran

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Russ Cochran
Personal information
Full name Russell Earl Cochran
Born (1958-10-31) October 31, 1958
Paducah, Kentucky
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Paducah, Kentucky
College University of Kentucky
Turned professional 1979
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
PGA Tour Champions 5
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T21: 1993
U.S. Open T33: 1992
The Open Championship T28: 1992
PGA Championship T7: 1992

Russell Earl Cochran (born October 31, 1958) is an American professional golfer who plays on the Champions Tour, having previously been a member on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He is one of the few natural left-handed players to win a PGA Tour event. For much of the 1980s through 1992, he was the only left-hander on the PGA Tour.

Cochran was born, raised and has lived most of his life in Paducah, Kentucky. He grew up playing on Paxton Park Public Golf Course in Paducah, as did fellow PGA Tour player Kenny Perry, who came along a couple years later. After graduating from St. Mary High School in Paducah, he attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1979 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982.

Cochran has about 60 top-10 finishes in official PGA Tour events including a victory at the 1991 Centel Western Open when he made up seven shots over eight holes to beat Greg Norman.[1] His career year was 1991, when in addition to his win at the Western Open, he had two second-place finishes—including a playoff loss to Craig Stadler at the Tour Championship – and a third and finished 10th on the money list. His best finish in a major was a tie for seventh at the 1992 PGA Championship.[2] Cochran set the Valhalla Golf Club course record (65) in the third round of the 1996 PGA Championship which stood until broken (63) in the same tournament four years later by José María Olazábal. He played some on the Nationwide Tour in his mid-to-late 40s in preparation for the Champions Tour. His best Nationwide finish was a tie for third at the 2003 Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Cochran debuted on the Champions Tour with a tie for seventh at the Allianz Championship on February 15, 2009, at Boca Raton, Florida. He finished third at the U.S. Senior Open on August 2, 2009, at Carmel, Indiana, setting the Crooked Stick Golf Club course record with a third-round score of 8-under par 64. He ended the year by winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 2010, he earned his first victory on the Champions Tour, defeating Fred Funk on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea, and followed that up with another win in the tour's next event, the SAS Championship in North Carolina.

Cochran won his maiden senior major championship at the 2011 Senior British Open Championship at Walton Heath. Cochran finished two strokes ahead of the third round leader Mark Calcavecchia. He shot a final round 67 which included six birdies in the first ten holes to open up a five stroke advantage. Despite a late charge by Calcavecchia, Cochran parred the last four holes and held on for a two stroke victory. Afterwards Cochran claimed having his son on the bag was a factor in his success. "It feels great, I had my son (Reed) on the bag, I told him I was going to work hard and come away with something good and I think he was the lucky charm."[3]

In June 2013, Cochran won for the fourth time on the Champions Tour at the Principal Charity Classic. He came from two shots back with a final round 67 to finish a single stroke ahead of Jay Don Blake. This ended a two-year title drought that Cochran had spent battling rib and wrist injuries. In October 2013, he won his second title of the year at the SAS Championship, where he finished with four consecutive birdies to beat David Frost by a single stroke.

Cochran and his wife, Jackie, have four children: three sons and a daughter. His oldest son, Ryan, played golf at the University of Florida and aspires to play professionally like his father. Russ's son Case and nephew Rick III are also professional golfers.

Professional wins (10)

PGA Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 Jul 7, 1991 Centel Western Open −13 (66-72-68-69=275) 2 strokes Australia Greg Norman
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
1 1992 The Tour Championship United States Craig Stadler Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (4)

Champions Tour wins (5)

Senior major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (4)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 Sep 12, 2010 Posco E&C Songdo Championship −12 (73-65-66=204) Playoff United States Fred Funk
2 Sep 26, 2010 SAS Championship −14 (64-67-71=202) 2 strokes United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
3 Jul 24, 2011 The Senior Open Championship −12 (72-70-67-67=276) 2 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
4 Jun 2, 2013 Principal Charity Classic −11 (71-67-67=205) 1 stroke United States Jay Don Blake
5 Oct 13, 2013 SAS Championship −17 (66-66-67=199) 1 stroke South Africa David Frost
Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)
1 2010 Posco E&C Songdo Championship United States Fred Funk Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2011 Boeing Classic United States Mark Calcavecchia Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T10 CUT DNP T28 CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT T21 T33 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT CUT T7 T44 CUT DNP T17 T61 T34 DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 14 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 4 23 12

Senior major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2011 The Senior Open Championship Tied for lead −12 (72-70-67-67=276) 2 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order before 2016.

The Tradition T41 T18 DNP T5 T5 WD T57 DNP
Senior PGA Championship T33 T23 DNP T29 T6 12 T17 DNP
Senior Players Championship T41 T5 T15 T30 WD 3 T3 DNP
The Senior Open Championship T19 T3 1 DNP T14 T10 T31 T66
U.S. Senior Open 3 T28 T17 WD DNP T14 T15 CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also


  1. Cochran wins Western Open
  2. "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  3. "Cochran wins Senior British Open Championship". Sky Sports. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
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