Familiar Territory

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Cox, Chad (1)

Chad Cox is no stranger to having his name atop the leaderboard.

He knows what it takes to get in position to win. It’s just the final day – those final 18, nerve racking, pressure-packed holes – that just haven’t quite gone his way yet.

On the final day, the same fiery, aggressive nature that allows him to be so successful at times also gets him into trouble.

“Sometimes I’m not the smartest player,” said Cox, who leads by four shots at the AccuSport Championship hosted by Webb Simpson. “I take driver when I should be hitting 3-wood.”

The Charlotte, N.C., native wants to win so badly and he has been oh-so-close to doing so two times this year.

Cox fired rounds of 66 (4-under-par) in the first round at the FootJoy Invitational in June and hung around the lead before finishing seventh. He threw in a 66 (6-under-par) in the second round of the Golf Pride Junior Classic last week, giving him the 36-hole lead but finished third. He added a 65 (5-under-par) Wednesday at AccuSport to take another 36-hole lead heading into the final round.

Cox hasn’t won yet, but with the experience he has gained from being around the lead, Cox is hoping the third time is the charm. And now that he has gone through those pressure-packed times, he certainly feels like he has learned what he needs to do to close things out.

“If there’s trouble down there, I’m probably just going to take 3-wood, put it in the fairway and just keep myself in play,” Cox said. “I just need to keep my head in the game and hope things still keep going my way.”

This time, Cox plans on cashing in and finally getting that much-awaited win.

“It would be amazing in my third AJGA, to finally get that win,” Cox said. “It would just be awesome.”

Blog submitted by William Perry, AJGA Summer Staff

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