Cochran leads by four at SAS

Los Angeles Times - - Nfl Week 3 -

Russ Cochran shot a five-un­der-par 67 in the SAS Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day to in­crease his lead to four strokes, the largest 36-hole mar­gin the his­tory of the Cham­pi­ons Tour event.

“I don’t have any ex­pe­ri­ence with a four-shot lead, so I don’t know what to ex­pect,” Cochran said. “I’m sure I’ll have to be on my toes.”

Cochran, the 51-year-old left-han­der com­ing off his first vic­tory on the 50-and-over tour two weeks ago in South Korea, birdied the fi­nal two holes at Pre­ston­wood Coun­try Club in Cary, N.C., to fin­ish at 13 un­der.

Ted Schulz (68) was sec­ond, and de­fend­ing cham­pion Tom Pernice Jr. (71) was eight un­der along with John Cook (64) and Nick Price (69).

Cook played the back nine in a tour­na­men­trecord eight-un­der 27, eagling the par-four 14th and par-five 17th. Cook, who started on No. 10, played even par on Pre­ston­wood’s front nine.

Keith Fer­gus had a dou­ble-ea­gle two on the 17th, hol­ing a three-iron shot from 210 yards. He fin­ished with a 64, leav­ing him eight strokes back at five un­der. Sch­wab Cup points lead­ers Bern­hard Langer and Fred Cou­ples also were five un­der af­ter 68s.

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