Case Cochran earns Nelson spot

Case Cochran will get his first career PGA Tour start this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship after the former Texas A&M golfer and son of PGA Tour winner Russ Cochran aced the fifth playoff hole of a tournament qualifier Tuesday.

Cochran's hole-in-one on the 16th hole at The Lakes at Castle Hills course was with a 7-iron from 152 yards.

"He's super excited," 1991 Centel Western Open champion Russ Cochran said, according to a PGA Tour media official. "He's been playing well on the Adams Tour, and I knew he was feeling good about his game. It will be his first PGA Tour event, and he's pumped up."

Case Cochran told his father how it all went down.

"He told me he didn't see it go in," Russ Cochran said. "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."

Case Cochran joins Will Strickler, Jason Allred and Chris Thompson, who also qualified for the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which begins Thursday at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Sang-Moon Bae is the defending champion.