— Case Cochran (@casecochran) May 14, 2014
Baseball has the walk-off home run. And yesterday, golf had a walk-off hole-in-one.
The scene was a Monday qualifier for the HP Byron Nelson Championship that spilled into Tuesday because of bad weather. And the protagonist was the son of a well-known tour pro.
Case Cochran – the son of PGA Tour and Champions Tour winner Russ Cochran – was one of four players who vied for three remaining Nelson berths in a playoff after shooting 69 at the Lakes at Castle Hills north of Dallas. He was locked in a battle for the last spot with Chris Parra when the pair arrived at the fifth playoff hole, the uphill, 152-yard 16th, which was playing into the wind.
The former Texas A&M golfer who plays on the Adams Pro Tour struck a 7-iron and didn’t see his ball land because of a ridge in the middle of the green. Arriving at the putting surface, Cochran spotted a ball mark near the hole but no ball.
“I knew then that it was in,” the 25-year-old Kentuckian told The Dallas Morning News. “Then I took a picture of the ball in the hole because I knew my fiancée would want proof. It was pretty cool.”
The ace earned Cochran his first PGA Tour start. Pretty cool indeed.
“He’s super excited,” proud papa Russ gushed in an ESPN.com news service report. “He’s been playing well on the Adams Tour, and I knew he was feeling good about his game.”
Although the walk-off hole-in-one is rare, it is not unprecedented: You might recall Jonathan Byrd holed a 6-iron on the 204-yard 17th hole at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas to end four-hole playoff and win the PGA Tour’s 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital Open.