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Russell Earl Cochran (born October 31, 1958) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour Champions, having previously been a member on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He is one of the few natural left-handed players to win a PGA Tour event. For much of the 1980s through 1992, he was the only left-hander on the PGA Tour.

Russ Cochran
Personal information
Full nameRussell Earl Cochran
Born (1958-10-31) October 31, 1958 (age 61)
Paducah, Kentucky
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
ResidencePaducah, Kentucky
CollegeUniversity of Kentucky
Turned professional1979
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking64 (June 14, 1992)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
PGA Tour Champions5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT21: 1993
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1992
U.S. OpenT33: 1992
The Open ChampionshipT28: 1992

Cochran was born, raised and has lived most of his life in Paducah, Kentucky. He grew up playing on Paxton Park Public Golf Course in Paducah, as did fellow PGA Tour player Kenny Perry, who came along a couple years later. After graduating from St. Mary High School in Paducah, he attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the golf team. He turned pro in 1979 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982.

Cochran has about 60 top-10 finishes in official PGA Tour events including a victory at the 1991 Centel Western Open when he made up seven shots over eight holes to beat Greg Norman.[2] His career year was 1991, when in addition to his win at the Western Open, he had two second-place finishes—including a playoff loss to Craig Stadler at the Tour Championship – and a third and finished 10th on the money list. His best finish in a major was a tie for seventh at the 1992 PGA Championship.[3] Cochran set the Valhalla Golf Club course record (65) in the third round of the 1996 PGA Championship which stood until broken (63) in the same tournament four years later by José María Olazábal. He played some on the Nationwide Tour in his mid-to-late 40s in preparation for the Champions Tour. His best Nationwide finish was a tie for third at the 2003 Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

Cochran debuted on the Champions Tour with a tie for seventh at the Allianz Championship on February 15, 2009, at Boca Raton, Florida. He finished third at the U.S. Senior Open on August 2, 2009, at Carmel, Indiana, setting the Crooked Stick Golf Club course record with a third-round score of 8-under par 64. He ended the year by winning the Rookie of the Year award. In 2010, he earned his first victory on the Champions Tour, defeating Fred Funk on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea, and followed that up with another win in the tour's next event, the SAS Championship in North Carolina.

Cochran won his maiden senior major championship at the 2011 Senior British Open Championship at Walton Heath. Cochran finished two strokes ahead of the third round leader Mark Calcavecchia. He shot a final round 67 which included six birdies in the first ten holes to open up a five stroke advantage. Despite a late charge by Calcavecchia, Cochran parred the last four holes and held on for a two stroke victory. Afterwards Cochran claimed having his son on the bag was a factor in his success. "It feels great, I had my son (Reed) on the bag, I told him I was going to work hard and come away with something good and I think he was the lucky charm."[4]

In June 2013, Cochran won for the fourth time on the Champions Tour at the Principal Charity Classic. He came from two shots back with a final round 67 to finish a single stroke ahead of Jay Don Blake. This ended a two-year title drought that Cochran had spent battling rib and wrist injuries. In October 2013, he won his second title of the year at the SAS Championship, where he finished with four consecutive birdies to beat David Frost by a single stroke.

Cochran and his wife, Jackie, have four children: three sons and a daughter. His oldest son, Ryan, played golf at the University of Florida and aspires to play professionally like his father. Russ's son Case and nephew Rick III are also professional golfers.

Professional wins (10)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 7, 1991 Centel Western Open −13 (66-72-68-69=275) 2 strokes   Greg Norman
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1992 The Tour Championship   Craig Stadler Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (4)Edit

Champions Tour wins (5)Edit

Senior major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Sep 12, 2010 Posco E&C Songdo Championship −12 (73-65-66=204) Playoff   Fred Funk
2 Sep 26, 2010 SAS Championship −14 (64-67-71=202) 2 strokes   Tom Pernice, Jr.
3 Jul 24, 2011 The Senior Open Championship −12 (72-70-67-67=276) 2 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
4 Jun 2, 2013 Principal Charity Classic −11 (71-67-67=205) 1 stroke   Jay Don Blake
5 Oct 13, 2013 SAS Championship −17 (66-66-67=199) 1 stroke   David Frost
Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)
No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Posco E&C Songdo Championship   Fred Funk Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2011 Boeing Classic   Mark Calcavecchia Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T66
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T10 CUT T28 CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament CUT T21 T33
The Open Championship T28
PGA Championship CUT CUT T7 T44 CUT T17 T61 T34 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 2 3 14 7
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 4 23 12
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (1992 U.S. Open – 1993 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2011 The Senior Open Championship Tied for lead −12 (72-70-67-67=276) 2 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia

Results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition T41 T18 T5 T5 WD T57 T47 T43 T53
Senior PGA Championship T33 T23 T29 T6 12 T17 CUT T56
U.S. Senior Open 3 T28 T17 WD T14 T15 CUT
Senior Players Championship T41 T5 T15 T30 WD 3 T3 T71 70 T60
The Senior Open Championship T19 T3 1 T14 T10 T31 T66 T31 72 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 24 1992 Ending 14 Jun 1992" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Cochran wins Western Open
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  4. ^ "Cochran wins Senior British Open Championship". Sky Sports. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-07-25.

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