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Russ Cochran wins SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (AP) - Russ Cochran holed an 8-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship.

``David played a great round, and I knew someone was going to play well,'' Cochran said. ``I was hoping to hang around there and kind of catch fire. And it took every hole to do that.

``We knew we needed to make birdies, especially after the bogey on 13.''

The 54-year-old Cochran, also the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199. The left-hander won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa. He has five Champions Tour victories after winning once on the PGA Tour.

Frost finished with a 66. He missed a short birdie putt on No. 17 and also settled for par on 18.

``It's such a hard tournament to win, especially from the lead because you know everyone is back there firing at the hole,'' Cochran said. ``The drive on the 18th hole was a big deal because you've made these birdies now, and you don't ever want to give a guy like David Frost another chance.

``He's a tremendous player, one of the best putters and short game guys I've ever seen. He is unbelievable.''

Kirk Triplett was third at 14 under after a 68.

Gary Hallberg (66) was fourth at 13 under, and Michael Allen (70) and Anders Forsbrand (69) followed at 11 under. With the top-10 finish, Forsbrand qualified for the Greater Hickory Classic next week at Rock Barn.

Bernhard Langer, the 2012 winner, tied for eighth at 9 under. Langer, two strokes behind Cochran entering the round, had a 73. Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry shot a 72 to tie for 11th at 8 under.

With the victory, Cochran moved into sixth place in the Schwab Cup race.

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