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Alexander Čejka (born 2 December 1970) is a Czech/German professional golfer.

Alex Čejka
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Personal information
Full nameAlexander Čejka
Born (1970-12-02) 2 December 1970 (age 48)
Mariánské Lázně, Czechoslovakia
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
Nationality Czechoslovakia
 Germany
ResidenceMunich, Germany
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Career
Turned professional1989
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
(past champion status)
Former tour(s)European Tour
Web.com Tour
Professional wins12
Highest ranking33 (7 September 2003)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour4
Korn Ferry Tour1
Challenge Tour4
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament26th: 2004
PGA Championship4th: 2003
U.S. OpenT8: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1996

Čejka was born in Mariánské Lázně, Czechoslovakia. He left Czechoslovakia with his parents as a refugee at the age of nine, eventually settling in Munich, where he lived for many years, becoming a German citizen. Čejka lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also has a home in Prague.

Professional careerEdit

Čejka turned professional in 1989 and played on the European Tour from 1992 to 2002. His biggest tournament win was the Volvo Masters at Valderrama in 1995. That year he came 6th on the European Tour's Order of Merit. Since 2003 he has played mainly on the U.S. based PGA Tour. In 2003 he reached as high as No. 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Čejka took a five-shot lead into the final round of the 2009 Players Championship after rounds of 66, 67, and 72. He shot a 42 on the front nine, however, en route to a 79 and an eight-stroke loss to Henrik Stenson.

He has represented Germany in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup 11 times, most recently in 2011 at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan Island, teaming with partner Martin Kaymer to tie for second, two strokes behind the winning United States team of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland. Čejka has teamed with Kaymer in Germany's last four World Cup appearances.

In 2012 Čejka finished 177th on the PGA Tour and moved to the Web.com Tour. He finished 64th in 2013, then 6th in 2014 to earn a return to the PGA Tour.

Čejka won his first PGA Tour event in his 287th Tour start, the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. Two players bogeyed the 18th hole ensuring a five-man playoff; Čejka won with a birdie at the first playoff hole.[2] He also is the first golfer born in the Czech Republic to win a PGA Tour event and first non-American to win the Puerto Rico Open.

Professional wins (12)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 8 Mar 2015 Puerto Rico Open 70-67-75-69=281 −7 Playoff   Jon Curran,   Emiliano Grillo
  Tim Petrovic,   Sam Saunders

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Season Tournament Opponents Result
1 2015 Puerto Rico Open   Jon Curran,   Emiliano Grillo,
  Tim Petrovic,   Sam Saunders
Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open   Patrick Cantlay,   Kim Meen-whee Cantlay won with par on second extra hole

European Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Mar 1995 Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia −6 (71-68-70-69=278) 3 strokes   Costantino Rocca
2 13 Aug 1995 Hohe Brücke Open −21 (61-68-68-70=267) 4 strokes   Ignacio Garrido,   Rolf Muntz,
  Ronan Rafferty
3 29 Oct 1995 Volvo Masters −2 (74-66-72-70=282) 2 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
4 13 Oct 2002 Trophée Lancôme −12 (64-68-72-68=272) 2 strokes   Carlos Rodiles

Challenge Tour wins (4)Edit

Web.com Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 15 Feb 2014 Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship 68-68-63=199 −14 3 strokes   Andrew Putnam

Other wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament 44
U.S. Open T50
The Open Championship T11 CUT
PGA Championship T52 T65
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament 26
U.S. Open T61 T60
The Open Championship CUT T13 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship 4 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament T35
U.S. Open T8 CUT T41 T60
The Open Championship
PGA Championship WD
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 6
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 6 3
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 4 23 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship T33 T12 CUT T9 T58 CUT 74 T9 T79 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 36 2003 Ending 7 Sep 2003" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Alex Cejka gets 1st PGA Tour victory". ESPN. Associated Press. 8 March 2015.

External linksEdit