Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cook's 69 Is Good for 2nd Tour Win in the Last Month

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cook's 69 Is Good for 2nd Tour Win in the Last Month

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The last time John Cook turned to mentor Ken Venturi for help, Cook's game was in shambles and his patience was shot. Things will be a bit happier when they get together again next week.

"We'll catch up on a few things," Cook said Sunday after shooting a 2-under-par 69 to win the CVS Charity Classic in Sutton, Mass. In a field missing most big names, Cook was 16 under for 72 holes, beating Russ Cochran by 3 strokes for his second PGA Tour victory in a month.

Cochran entered the final round 4 strokes back, then went 5 under on the first four holes, gaining a share of the lead. But Cook birdied three consecutive holes and Cochran played the back nine 2-over and finished with a 68.

"I saw enough of John (on Saturday) to know that he was going to be there regardless," Cochran said. "Obviously, I was going to put a little more pressure on him, but I wasn't going to catch John on the back. I wanted to do the next-best thing."

Bruce Fleisher, tied for the lead for two days and 3 back after three, had a 71 on the Pleasant Valley course and said he was happy to finish third. Four players tied for fourth at 9 under.

Cook won $216,000, surpassing the $5 million mark in career earnings and becoming the fifth multiple winner on the tour this year. He also won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., with a near-record 26 under par.

It was quite a turnaround for a golfer who considered tossing his clubs in March before an emergency tutorial from Venturi - a U.S. Open champion, CBS analyst and family friend - set him straight.

Morgan Wins Senior Open: Walter Morgan shot an even-par 72 and held off a challenge by David Graham and John Bland on the back nine for a 2-stroke victory in the Ameritech Senior Open in Long Grove, Ill.

The victory was the second this season and the third on the Senior Tour for Morgan, a cigar-smoking 20-year U.S. Army veteran who finished the 54-hole event at 11-under-par 205.

Morgan took home $165,000, and joined Isao Aoki and Tom Weiskopf as the only senior players to lead a tournament from wire-to-wire this season. …

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