STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Former Ole Miss All-American Jonathan Randolph overcame a five-shot deficit on Sunday to earn his first victory of the season on the NGA Tour at the Eagle’s Landing Classic.
Randolph, who has three career NGA Tour wins in the month of August, earned $22,450 in the come-from-behind victory. Trailing Rick Cochran III by five shots entering the day, Randolph rallied in the final round to knock off Cochran in a two-hole playoff.
“Maybe because I was born in August,” joked Randolph to NGATour.com . “It’s just one of those things that happens. You work the whole year to get your game in shape for Q-School. I don’t believe in quick fixes. I’ve been working on some things and been patient with it.”
Playing on a tough, par-70 layout, Randolph birdied three of his first six holes on Sunday, while Cochran was 1-over going to No. 7. Randolph birdied Nos. 12 and 14 to take his first lead of the day, but Cochran notched a birdie on the par-4 18th to force a playoff.
The duo returned to the par-4 finishing hole for the playoff and it was Randolph’s turn to show his game. After his drive found a bunker, the former Rebel made a superb up-and-down to send the match to another hole. On the second playoff hole, Randolph nailed his approach and made birdie, while Cochran’s birdie bid didn’t fall.
“My hats off to Rick for birdieing No. 18,” said Randolph, who finished 67-65-64-70 for a 14-under 266 total. “That’s not an easy hole and he did what he had to do. It’s not that I didn’t think he couldn’t do, but it had been playing tough all week.”
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