Past PGA Tour winner takes first place in mini-tour event, earns $5,000 check
Alex Cejka has broken the PGA Tour's "Curse of Coco Beach." Well, kind of.
In the 12-year history of the Puerto Rico Open, no winner has ever triumphed at another tournament. But Cejka, the 2015 winner at Coco Beach Golf Course picked up a long-awaited victory on Wednesday. It just didn't come on the PGA Tour.
The 49-year-old shot a final-round 64 to claim the Arrowhead Classic on the Outlaw Tour. Talk about a ringer. Cejka's three-day total of 14 under par topped runner-up KK Limbhasut by two shots.
The Outlaw Tour is one of several mini-tours that has continued to hold golf tournaments during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It made some news last month when nearly a quarter of a 60-man field was disqualified for playing from the wrong tee.
Cejka, the first PGA Tour winner born in Czech Republic, might be most known for a tournament he didn't win. At the 2009 Players Championship, Cejka took a five-shot lead into the final round, but shot 79 to finish eight shots behind winner Henrik Stenson.
For his effort this week, Cejka earned a first-place check of $5,000. Not bad, but also not much considering the four-time European Tour winner has more than $18 million in career earnings. He also earned more ($6,660) in his most recent PGA Tour start for finishing T-60 at the Puerto Rico Open in February.
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