David Kocher broke the 72-hole tournament scoring record with a six-shot win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper.

Kocher carded a 6-under 66 on Sunday and totaled 28-under 260 for the week as four players tied second-place honors at 22-under 266.

He broke a 27-under 261 72-hole tournament scoring record previously set by Doug LaBelle II in 2006 and Dylan Wu last year. A native of Morristown, New Jersey, who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kocher became the fifth player in Korn Ferry Tour history to finish an event at 28 under par or better. The only other player to accomplish the feat on a par-72 course layout was Daniel Chopra, who posted a 30-under 258 at the 2004 Henrico County Open.

“You have to birdie here to win, especially on this Tour,” said Kocher, who birdied 31 and equaled a Korn Ferry Tour record previously set by Craig Lile (2003 Cox Classic), Ken Duke (2006 Price Cutter Charity Championship) and Steve Wheatcroft (2011 Prince George’s Melwood County Open).

Kocher, a University of Maryland alum, not only achieved the biggest winning margin this season, but the biggest winning margin on the Korn Ferry Tour since Ben Taylor’s six-stroke win at the Astara Golf Championship. 2018 presented by Mastercard. Kocher also tied Hunter Haas (2010) for the largest margin of victory in the Price Cutter Charity Championship’s 33-year history.

Despite Kocher entering the week without a top 10 this season and at No. 114 on the Korn Ferry Tour regular season points list, a recent string of cuts made and a friendly nudge from a friend spring close gave him a lot of confidence at Highland Country Club.

“I’ve been playing really well the last five or six weeks,” Kocher said. “(It’s) a bit relieved. Trevor Cone kind of pushed me to win since he won (at the AdventHealth Championship)… I didn’t think that would happen this week. I didn’t know if it was going to happen this year. I just continued to stick to my game plan and made a lot of birdies.

Birdies early in the final round were vital for Kocher, who started the day with a two-shot lead. Two groups ahead of him, Kevin Yu birdied the first five holes and put pressure on the top of the standings.

“I told my caddy I wasn’t going to watch the standings all day,” Kocher said. “I wasn’t really looking at all, and then we come to #4 and there’s a huge dash right there, and I see Kevin (Yu) having a run. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I absolutely have to keep making birdies.’ That was the only ranking I watched until #17.”

Kocher birdied five of the first six holes on Sunday, except for a par at No. 2. Kocher added his 31st and final birdie of the week at the par-5 11th, after which he closed with seven consecutive pars for a bogey- free 66.

As Kocher completed his second career victory on the Korn Ferry Tour, he joined Anders Albertson as the only other player this season to lead or share the lead after every lap. Prior to this week, Kocher had never held an 18, 36 or 54 hole lead on the Tour.

“I was definitely a little nervous after the round,” Kocher said of the 54-hole lead. “My girlfriend is here, so we’ve been playing a lot of useless games so we don’t have to think about it.”

The win moves Kocher to 30th on the Korn Ferry Tour regular season points list. With two events remaining in the regular season, Kocher is now firmly in the game for his first PGA TOUR card.

While Kocher moved to the bubble for The 25, Taylor Montgomery and Robby Shelton became the 13th and 14th players, respectively, to achieve #TOURBound status this season. The Korn Ferry Tour currently uses 875 points as a safe threshold for players to finish inside 25 and earn a PGA TOUR card at the end of the regular season. TOUR cards for the 2022-23 season will be awarded at the conclusion of the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna next month.

Montgomery will be a member of the PGA TOUR for the first time this fall, while Robby Shelton returns to the TOUR after graduating from the Korn Ferry Tour following the 2019 season.

The 2022 Korn Ferry Tour season continues with the penultimate regular season event on Thursday, August 4, at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah.


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