Keeping Score

Alex Cejka birdies playoff hole for 1st Champions Tour title

German edges Steve Stricker to win Regions Tradition for his 1st victory in continental U.S., evening score with Stricker from April

4: Score, a birdie, for Germany’s Alex Cejka, who edged Steve Stricker by sinking a 14-foot putt on the first playoff hole to win the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition, one of the senior tour’s five major events, on Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. Cejka and Stricker had tied at 18-under 270 at Greystone Golf and Country Club. It was the first career victory in the continental U.S. for Cejka, who won the 2015 Puerto Rico Open for his lone title on the PGA Tour. He had gotten into the Regions Tradition field as an alternate when Jay Haas withdrew. Cejka was a four-time winner on the European Tour who also won in Colombia on what was then the Web.com Tour in 2014 en route to earning PGA Tour status. After Cejka had made bogey on his first hole Sunday, he played flawlessly for the remainder of the round, sparked by consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-14 for a 5-under 67. Stricker, who made the turn at 4 under, stumbled with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 14, forcing him to birdie two of the final three holes to force a playoff. Stricker, 54, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for this fall’s matches, was a 12-time PGA Tour winner who was seeking his seventh career title on the senior tour. Stricker had edged Cejka by one stroke last month to win the Chubb Classic. As the 2019 Regions Tradition winner, Stricker was the defending because the 2020 edition was canceled because of COVID-19. (For scores, click here.)

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