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Czech out Cejka's win!
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/9/15

The Czech-born golfer Alexander Čejka is a well-known and very experienced quantity on the European Tour, with three victories in 1995 and then a fourth at the 2002 Trophée Lancôme. Ironically, he has yet to play in a Ryder Cup.

But his strong play in the United States has been limited to a solo fourth-place finish at the 2003 PGA Championship and a T-8 at the 2010 U.S. Open.

This past weekend, the PGA Tour's event opposite the WGC-Cadillac was the Puerto Rico Open. And when Emiliano Grillo could not sink a winning putt on the 72nd hole, a five-man playoff ensued — the first since the 2005 Bellsouth outside Atlanta. When Grillo, Tim Petrovic, Jon Curran and Sam Saunders (Arnold Palmer's grandson) could not sink birdies on the first sudden-death playoff hole, Čejka triumphed by sinking a knee-knocking 15-footer.

Now, the 44-year-old Čejka (a German citizen who lives part-time in Las Vegas) has a two-year PGA Tour exemption and has jumped from 285th to 163rd in the Official World Golf Ranking.

That is what you would call "perseverance."


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