Cochran leads by four at SAS
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.