Case Cochran returned to The Lakes at Castle Hills near Dallas on Tuesday morning, looking to survive a four-for-three playoff to get into this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship. He'd be in for a fight, as Monday qualifiers -- even ones that end on Tuesday -- tend to be.
After four playoff holes failed to decide the matter, Cochran took his fate into his own hands from 152 yards on the par-3 16th hole, the fifth playoff hole. Cochran's 7-iron found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one, guaranteeing him a spot in the field this week.
Cochran is son of Champions Tour player and senior major winner Russ Cochran, who got a jubilant phone call after the playoff ended.
"He told me he didn't see it go in," said Russ Cochran, according to PGATour.com. "Once he got on the green, he saw his ball mark 6 feet from the hole and had a good feeling. Sure enough, it was in the hole."
Cochran's ace locked out Chris Parra, who was battling for the remaining of the three Nelson spots. Jason Allred sunk a 40-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, No. 10, to earn his place. Chris Thompson made a kick-in birdie on No. 12 after a wedge approach to secure a spot. Parra was odd man out among the quartet that shot 69 in the 18-hole qualifier.
The younger Cochran, 25, played his college golf at Texas A&M, turning pro a little over a year ago. He's been playing the Adams Pro Tour.