Alex Cejka is placing everybody on Grand Slam watch.
Cejka received the second PGA Tour Champions main of 2021 on the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Three weeks in the past, in simply his third Champions circuit begin, he outlasted Steve Stricker in a playoff at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Alabama.
That win was Cejka’s first win in 2,254 days. His subsequent win got here simply 21 days later, as he shot a final-round 67 Sunday to beat Tim Petrovic by 4 pictures pictures.
“This trophy is really big,” he quipped in a post-round interview with Golf Channel’s Jimmy Roberts.
Cejka began the ultimate spherical at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one shot behind Stricker however Cejka would construct a lead as huge as 5 on the again 9. That was partially to Stricker backsliding. He opened bogey-double bogey, missed lots of putts and ended up taking pictures a 7-over 77.
Cejka’s solely hiccup got here on the thirteenth gap, when he yanked his second shot within the water. He was up 4 on Petrovic on the time and took a bogey however he later birdied the seventeenth and cruised to the end line.
Cejka is the primary Champions rookie to win two majors since Jack Nicklaus did it 1990. He’s the primary Champions participant ever to win his first two majors on the circuit.
“I’m the same guy, I’m trying to play the same golf. I just seem to get luckier breaks, make more putts, drive it better since I turned 50,” he mentioned to Roberts. “It’s a blast. The last couple of weeks have been incredible. I can’t even describe it in words how that feels.”
Retief Goosen and Okay.J. Choi tied for third at 3 below. Mike Weir, who had a four-shot lead after the second spherical, completed in a tie for fifth with John Riegger and Bob Sowards.
Bernhard Langer completed 10 over, his worst end in 60 Champions majors.
Alex Cejka hits his tee shot on the fifth gap throughout the second spherical of the Senior PGA Championship golf match Friday, May 28, 2021, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Photo by Ian Maule/Tulsa World
Five Champions majors in 2021
Two down, these three nonetheless to come back:
Bridgestone Senior Players Championship
June 24-27, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio
U.S. Senior Open Championship
July 8-11, Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Nebraska
The Senior Open Championship
July 22-25, Sunningdale GC (Old Course), Berkshire, England