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Former men's golf star Cochran wins fourth Champions Tour event

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Former University of Kentucky men's golfer, Russ Cochran won his fourth Champions Tour event on Sunday after clipping Jay Don Blake by one shot at the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday. Cochran finished the 54-hole tournament at 11-under-par, 205 after firing back-to-back 5-under-par, 67s in the final two rounds. The tournament was played at the Wokonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cochran lost the lead after missing a 4-foot par putt on the 16th hole but regained first after Blake bogeyed the 17th. The two parred the final hole to give Cochran the victory.

"I feel for Jay Don," Cochran said in a televised interview. "He's a great player and I feel like I dodged a bullet."

Cochran, a southpaw from Paducah, Ky., was a two-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection (1978 and 1979) at UK. Cochran turned pro in 1979 before joining the Professional Golf Association in 1982. He became the first lefty to win at the Charity Classic.

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