Russ Cochran won the Champions Tour, Principal Charity Classic at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.
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Russ Cochran conquered his 2012 injuries and 35 winless tournaments to step back into the winners circle at the Principal Charity Classic, with a trophy winning score of -11 under par. A tense last round of -5 under par 67, was enough, but the left hander said he was not expecting to win, he thought second placed Jay Don Blake would make his last putt;
” I didn’t really expect to win. But I knew I could compete and get in contention. Of course, when you do that, sometimes good things happen. Blake is a tremendous putter. I didn’t want to see him roll it in with all the confidence, and I just felt like he would make it. Being such a good friend, I wanted him to make it.”
Jay Don Blake made bogey on the par three 17th hole, and had a chance to make a play-off with a putt on the 18th, which he missed;
“I quit on the stroke. I didn’t make a good stroke. I kind of de-accelerated and left it out there to the right”
He blamed the bogey on seventeen for unsettling him, leaving him with a total score of -10 under par;
“From then on, it just seemed like I was a little bit cautious with the putter. I wasn’t stroking as aggressive as I was before.”
Tied in third place at -9 under par for the tournament were; Kirk Triplett, Marl Calcavecchia and Duffy Waldorf. Both Kirk and Mark matched the -5 under par final round of 67 of Russ, but Duffy finished with -1 under par, 71.