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American Russ Cochran secures first major title with 2-shot win at Senior British Open
WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) ' Russ Cochran won the Senior British Open by two shots on Sunday, holding off the challenge of fellow Americans Mark Calcavecchia and the fast-finishing Tom Watson to capture his first major title.
The 52-year-old Cochran claimed the winner's check of $310,000 after making six birdies in a 5-under 67 in his final round at Walton Heath, closing at 12 under.
The left-hander picked up all his shots in the first 10 holes, opening up a five-shot lead. He remained unruffled in the testing closing stretch despite a bogey on No. 14 that cut his advantage to two shots.
Calcavecchia, who shared the overnight lead with Cochran and David Frost, was the runner-up. Watson was tied for third at 9 under.