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Russ Cochran toasted a family victory at the Senior British Open after capturing his first major title with son Reed on his bag.

Russ Cochran toasted a family victory at the Senior British Open on Sunday after capturing his first major title with his son Reed carrying his bag.

Cochran shot a second successive 5-under 67 in the final round at Surrey’s storied Walton Heath Golf Club to beat compatriot Mark Calcavecchia as the USA maintained its dominance in the event.

“He really relaxed me out there,” the 52-year old Cochran said of his son, who is on his summer holidays from law school.

“He made me laugh and he was great to be with.”

Ryan, Cochran’s eldest son, was also present to witness his father’s first victory on this year’s Champions Tour. He was caddying for another front-running American, Mike Goodes and was at the 18th when his father holed his winning putt.

“It’s a big hump I’ve got over there,” said Cochran, whose victory qualifies him for next year’s British Open at Royal Lytham. “To do it in a major and on this golf course means so much. And to do it with the kids here, it’s even better.”

Cochran is the eighth US player in the past nine years to win the Senior British Open. He achieved the biggest victory of his career by keeping his drives on the fairway and then making pressure putts that mattered, closing the tournament at 12-under 276 to claim a winner’s check of $310,000.

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