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Russ Cochran tops them again

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:On a day in which he fired in seven birdies, defending champion and pre-tournament favourite, American Russ Cochran, retained his LIME Jamaica Open Golf Championship title yesterday.

He ended the 54-hole tournament at the Half Moon Golf Course, Montego Bay, with an impressive 13 under-par score.

Canadian Dustin Risdon, who started the day with a two-stroke lead had a disappointing last day, shooting 70 to finish in second place at 10 under-par. Jamaica's Peter Horrobin, who shot a fabulous 67 on the first day, had a final round 75 to finish in third place at 4 under-par.

For Cochran, the 2011 Senior British Open Champion, yesterday's performance, which all but mirrored his first-day effort when he took the lead after shooting 66, was a most pleasing effort.

keep on plugging away

"It was very tough out there today but I believe I played my best golf of the tournament and stuck it out," said Cochran, who shot a 10 under-par last year when he won the title. "I just knew I needed to concentrate and keep on plugging away and that is what I did."

With two LIME Jamaica Open titles under his belt, Cochran would like to make it a habit as he is already thinking of making another successful defence next year.

"Winning is a good habit and with back-to-back wins, I would really like to return next year and win again," said Cochran. "I really enjoy playing here so, naturally, I am looking forward to coming back again."

Risdon who looked very good at the end of Friday's second day had an early bogey but was in contention with five holes to go as he was tied at 10 under-par with Cochran and the competitive Horrobin at six under par.

However, with Cochran getting three consecutive birdies on 13, 14 and 15 and with Risdon and Horrobin both bogeying 14, it was basically over as a contest as the resolute Cochran never looked back.

For Horrobin, who did himself and Jamaica proud, he felt it was just not his day as according to him, several shots he felt he should have made never fell for him.

"It was a good tournament for me as third place in a quality field cannot be slighted," said Horrobin. "Hopefully, I will get a chance to finish two places better in the future."

Jamaica Golf Association president Wayne Chai-Chong said it was a wonderful tournament which had many great moments.

"It was a great tournament and I am pleased with the way things went," said Chai-Chong. "But I am a little disappointed that we did not get better support from corporate Jamaica and it would have been nice if we had a few more spectators."