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Cejka wins Puerto Rico playoff

2015-03-09 11:42
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Puerto Rico - Germany's Alex Cejka birdied the first hole of a five-man playoff on Sunday to win the PGA Tour's $3 million Puerto Rico Open.

Cejka, who led after 36 holes, fired a final-round 69 for a seven-under total of 281.

He was joined there by American Tim Petrovic, who posted a 67, Sam Saunders with a 68 and American Jon Curran and Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who both shot 70 on Sunday.

The group went back to the par-5 18th at Trump International for the extra session.

Cejka rolled in a 15-footer for birdie. Saunders was the only player that had a chance to match him, but he missed an eight-foot birdie attempt.

Cejka, whose most recent of four European Tour wins came at Trophee Lancome in 2002, claimed his first PGA Tour title. He had come agonisingly close to a US win in 2009, when he squandered a five-shot lead in the final round of the Players Championship.

The five-man playoff might well have been even bigger. Ten players finished within two strokes.

Will MacKenzie, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, carded a 4-under 68 to join the group sharing sixth on 282 which also included Boo Weekley (69), Will Wilcox (67) and Scott Pinckney (70).

Third-round co-leaders Chris Smith and Scott Brown, the 2013 winner, both stumbled to 1-over 73s. They ended with a share of 10th on 283 alongside John Daly, Australian Rod Pampling, Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge.

At 87th in the world, De Jonge was the highest-ranked player in the field of the tournament played opposite the elite World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship at Doral in Florida.

Leading scores after Sunday's final round of the $3 million PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open (x-won at first playoff hole. USA unless noted, par-72)

281 - x-Alex Cejka (GER) 70-67-75-69, Tim Petrovic 75-71-68-67, Sam Saunders 72-72-69-68, Jon Curran 70-71-70-70, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 69-70-72-70

282 - Will Wilcox 77-69-69-67, Will MacKenzie 75-69-70-68, Boo Weekley 74-71-68-69, Scott Pinckney 70-71-71-70

283 - Rod Pampling (AUS) 70-71-73-69, John Daly 72-70-72-69, Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 70-75-68-70, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 71-70-71-71, Scott Brown 73-70-67-73, Chris Smith 69-73-68-73

284 - Chesson Hadley 71-70-76-67, Brandon Hagy 71-67-78-68, Lee Janzen 72-71-72-69, Jonathan Byrd 70-71-72-71, Chad Collins 70-72-71-71, Martin Flores 72-73-68-71

285 - Eric Axley 71-72-76-66, Jerry Kelly 71-74-73-67, John Merrick 75-70-72-68, Benjamin Alvarado (PUR) 74-70-72-69, Troy Matteson 73-73-69-70

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