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Cochran earns crown

WALTON ON THE HILL, England - Russ Cochran won the Senior British Open by two shots Sunday, holding off fellow Americans Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Watson to capture his first major. The 52-year-old Cochran claimed the winner's check of $310,000 after making six birdies in a final-round 5-under 67 at Walton Heath, closing at 12 under. It was Cochran's third victory on the Champions Tour, his first this season. Calcavecchia had shared the overnight lead with Cochran and South Africa's David Frost, but finished as the runner-up and was left to regret four-putting from 15 feet on the par-3 ninth.
Looking for a record fourth Senior British Open title, Watson was tied for third with compatriot Corey Pavin (69) at 9 under after a 67. PGA: Sean O'Hair won the RBC Canadian Open after tapping in for bogey on the first playoff hole, then watching fellow American Kris Blanks lip out his bogey putt from 5 feet. It was the fourth PGA Tour win for O'Hair, who started three shots off the lead before shooting a 2-under 68 to get into the playoff with Blanks (70) at 4-under 276. Andres Romero (70) bogeyed the final hole to miss the playoff and finished third at 277. Canadian Adam Hadwin, playing on a sponsor's exemption, struggled early before bouncing back late to finish with a 72 and tied with Geoff Ogilvy (70) for fourth place at 2 under. John Daly (72) finish in a four-way tie for ninth, his first top-10 in six years. LPGA: Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan. Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from American Stacy Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to tie for the lead on the 16th hole. PGA EUROPEAN: Alexander Noren of Sweden relied on his huge overnight lead to clinch the Nordea Masters title, finishing seven shots clear despite a final-round 5-over 77. Noren entered the day with an 11-shot lead after a course-record 63 on Saturday, and was never threatened despite a number of mishaps. He finished at 15-under 273.
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