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Son on bag, Cochran wins first major

Russ Cochran embraces his son and caddie Reed after capturing the Senior British Open.

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Russ Cochran embraces his son and caddie Reed after capturing the Senior British Open.

WALTON ON THE HILL, England — Russ Cochran toasted a family victory at the Senior British Open on Sunday, capturing his first major title with his son as caddie to maintain the United States' recent dominance of the tournament.

With his 25-year-old son, Reed, carrying his bag, Cochran shot a second straight 5-under 67 in the final round at Walton Heath to win by two shots over compatriot Mark Calcavecchia.

"He relaxed me out there," Cochran, 52, said of Reed, who is on his summer break from law school. "He made me smile and was great to be with."

Ryan, Cochran's eldest son, was also present to witness his father's first victory on this year's Champions Tour. He was caddying for another American, Mike Goodes.

"It's a big hump I've got over there," said Cochran, whose victory qualifies him for next year's British Open at Royal Lytham. "To do it in a major and on this golf course means so much. And to do it with the kids here, it's even better."

Cochran became the eighth U.S. player in the past nine years to win the Senior British Open. He achieved the biggest victory of his career by staying consistent on the tee and rolling in a series of pressure putts, closing the tournament at 12-under 276 to claim a winner's check of $310,000.

He made six birdies in the first 10 holes, including two on the first two holes, to open a five-shot lead as Calcavecchia, a former Florida standout who shared the overnight lead with Cochran and South Africa's David Frost, dropped back by four-putting from 15 feet on the par-3 No. 9.

Cochran's bogey on No. 14, combined with Calcavecchia's birdies on 12 and 15, trimmed the lead to two shots. But Cochran parred his way home.

PGA: Sean O'Hair won the RBC Canadian Open in Vancouver after tapping in for bogey on the first playoff hole, then watching fellow American Kris Blanks lip out his bogey putt from just more than 5 feet.

O'Hair earned his fourth tour win overall but his first top-15 finish this season. He had missed 10 of 17 cuts coming in and already had fired a couple of Canadians: swing coach Sean Foley, who also now works with Tiger Woods; and caddie Brennan Little.

O'Hair started the day three behind leader Bo Van Pelt before shooting 68 to get into the playoff with Blanks (70) at 4-under 276.

LPGA: Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France, and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters at home in Japan.

Miyazato shot 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.

Miyazato will donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.

Miyazato finished at 15-under 273. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 69 to finish in a tie for 14th at 8 under.

Son on bag, Cochran wins first major 07/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:23pm]
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