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Alex Cejka

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 12/2/1970
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Alex Cejka turned in a 2-over-par 39-35=74 after the final round of THE PLAYERS for a 72-hole total of 8-under 280, down seven places into a three-way T9, seven adrift of champion Jason Day.
Cejka began the final frame in a three-way T2 on 10-under after opening his eighth PLAYERS in twin 67s and 72, four back of Day. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he mustered just six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting a -2.898 in SGTTG, his first negative effort in that stat for the tourney. On the week, he finished 44th in SGTTG but No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 8.565, including 1.135 in R4. The 44-year-old totaled 19 birdies, four in the finale, against nine bogeys (four/R4) and one double which he carded on the par-4 seventh on Sun. Cejka's T9 matches a personal best at TPC Sawgrass (2009) and is his third top 10 of the season on 16 starts but first of the calendar year. May 15 - 8:16 PM

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Alex Cejka rallied for an even-par 36-36=72 in today's third round of THE PLAYERS to post 10-under 206, up one on the leaderboard into a three-way T2, four shy of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

Cejka began the third round in a three-way T3 on 10-under after opening in twin 67s, five back of Day. He striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, eeking-out a 0.064 in SGTTG but wielded the flat stick to 3.528 in SGP, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 7.434. The 45-year-old was 2-over on his lap thru 15 holes, erasing a 25-inch birdie-3 at four with bogeys on holes 5, 13 and 15 on failed scrambles, but circled the 16th and the 17th from 16'3" and 22'5", respectively, to get back to level. Cejka had a 20'4" birdie try at the last to get into the final Sun. pairing, but missed short.
May 14 - 7:59 PM

Alex Cejka cruised to a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during round two of THE PLAYERS, grabbing an early share of the clubhouse lead at 10-under 134.

The German opened his day with a 20-foot birdie splash at the par-4 first hole and backed it up with three more putts from outside seven feet over his next four holes. The last of those came at the par-4 fifth hole, firing one in from 19'10" for birdie. As good as his putter was, his ball-striking was steady as well, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 16 greens in regulation. Cejka has some past experience here, recording a pair of top 15s in seven tries, so it won't be too surprising to see him hang around over the weekend.
May 13 - 1:20 PM

Alex Cejka submitted a birdie-free, 4-over-par 39-37=76 in round one of this week's Shell Houston Open before withdrawing due to a neck injury.

The German made waves last week with pre-tournament talks of a hand injury as he prepped for his Puerto Rico Open title defense. He battled through that with flying colors en route to a T11 finish. Today was a different story as he landed just 11 greens in regulation and lost 1.79 strokes with the flat stick. His neck was also cited as the reason for the mid-tournament WD earlier this season at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, so gamers should take note of this recurring issue and build that into their risk assessment moving forward.
Mar 31 - 7:42 PM

Defending champ Alex Cejka capped off his title defense at the Puerto Rico Open with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 and a four-day total of 8-under 280, up four places on the live leaderboard to T8.

Cejka won last year's wind-swept edition in a five-man playoff. His winning aggregate of 7-under 281 was actually one-shot worse than he posted this week, but it was a respectable defense nonetheless after taking the last three weeks off with a injury to his right index finger. The 45-year-old, who was a defending champ for the first time on TOUR this week, began Sunday's play on 7-under (T12) after opening in 66-71-72, and finished up with a three-birdie two-bogey effort. For the week, he totaled 17 birdies against seven bogeys and a double.
Mar 27 - 3:54 PM

Defending champ Alex Cejka carved out a bogey-free 1-under-par 35-36=71 on day two of the Puerto Rico Open to post 7-under 137, good for a seven-way T3, two adrift of 36-hole leader Rafael Campos.

Cejka went off No. 10 tee on Friday and opened with 17 straight pars before finally connecting for a walk-off 3 on the par-4 ninth. He began the day in a four-way T3, two shy of Campos and stayed there. The 45-year-old found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation and after opening with 1.500 putts per GIR, back-pedaled to a pedestrian 1.923 in R2.
Mar 25 - 5:56 PM

There were no signs of a hand injury as Alex Cejka kicked off his Puerto Rico Open title defense with a 6-under-par 32-34=66 to throw his name right back into the mix at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.

Cejka revealed that an open dime-sized cut on his right index finger (from an accident at home) had still not healed heading into this week. There were no signs of finger trouble today, as he circled six birdies in opposition of just one bogey. Cejka striped 13 (of 14) fairways on the day in route to 14 greens in regulation. With 54 holes left to play, the WD-threat is not completely gone but gamers should feel very pleased at the moment if they looked past the hand injury and played him anyway.
Mar 24 - 12:25 PM

Alex Cejka is dealing with a hand injury as he arrives at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for his Puerto Rico Open title defense.

The German is thrilled to finally be a winner on the PGA TOUR, but his title defense will be played at less than 100 percent. According to Jeff Babineau of Golfweek, "He’d hoped to tune up for his title defense in Puerto Rico with some starts in Florida during the past couple of weeks, but he smashed his right hand in an accident at home, an open dime-sized cut still not healed on the inside of his right index finger." From the sounds of it, Cejka would likely sit this event out if he weren't the defending champ. Gamers should use this as a chance to pivot off the German this week as last year's win was also his only top 10 here in five tries.
Mar 23 - 8:22 AM

Defending champ Alex Cejka returns for his sixth playing of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.

Cejka erased a two-shot deficit with a final-round 3-under 69 to force sudden death with four others, and then won with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole (No. 18). At 44 years, 3 months and 6 days, he became the third-oldest first-time winner on TOUR since 1970. The breakthrough win came in his 287th career start, so it's uncertain how the Las Vegas resident will fare in his first title defense. Cejka ranks 38th on TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 20th in the all-around. He's 8-for-11 on the season with five top 25s and two top 10s (T2, Shriners; T6, The RSM Classic). The 45-year-old posted a T21 in his last start at The Honda Classic where he recorded the first-ever hole-in-one on the Bear Trap.
Mar 22 - 5:18 PM

Alex Cejka recorded the first ever Bear Trap ace en route to a 1-over-par 36-35=71 opening round at the Honda Classic.

The German did not have his best stuff today, landing just four (of 14) fairways on the way toward 10 greens hit. All that didn't matter as he stepped onto the par-3 17th tee box at 4-over-par. Cejka proceeded to record the first ace in the history of the Bear Trap (holes No. 15 through 17) in Honda Classic play. He tacked on another birdie at the closing par-5 18th to finish at 1-over. Regardless of his finishing position this week, Cejka can now say he's done something no one else has in PGA TOUR history.
Feb 25 - 7:24 PM

Alex Cejka (neck) withdrew prior to the start of the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. UPDATE: Cejka returned to action (Feb. 11) at the AT&T Pro-Am with a first-round 2-under 70 (Spyglass Hill GC).

This is Cejka's 18th mid-tournament WD in 314 career starts, the last was at the 2015 PGA Championship after a first-round 4-over 76. He was high-up on the 36-hole leaderboard at TPC Scottsdale sitting T13 after 70-68, and it was also the first time he's made the cut here in his last six tries, so the departure has to be at least somewhat concerning. We'll find out in short order, as the 45-year-old is in the published field at next week's AT&T Pebble Beach.
Feb 6 - 11:47 AM

Alex Cejka finished up his Hyundai Tournament of Champions debut with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-35=68 to post 11-under 281, currently T21 on the leaderboard.

The 45-year-old was second oldest in the field this week (Davis Love III/51) and while he never contended, he ended on a high note with today's blemish-free five-birdie stroll. He landed 12 (of 15) fairways and peppered 17 greens in regulation for a second consecutive day. Cejka's split featured three rolls from outside of nine feet and ended with a walk-off 4 from 16'8" at the par-5 finishing hole. He's one of 21 in this week's field that are scheduled to compete at the TOUR's next stop, the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he'll be making his sixth appearance.
Jan 10 - 8:26 PM

Alex Cejka checks into the Kapalua Resort for his first playing of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

At 45 years of age, Cejka is not the oldest player in the 32-man field on Maui, that mantle belongs to 51-year-old Davis Love III, but he's runner-up in that category. He stamped his ticket to the no-cut event with his maiden title (287th career TOUR start) at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open back in early-March. Prior experience on the Plantation Course has been historically required, but Cejka is cooking thus far in 2015-16 with three top 20s in four starts, including a T2 at the Shriners and T6 in his latest start at The RSM Classic. He's par-or-better in all 14 rounds (one MC) and ranks sixth on TOUR in scoring average at 69.552.
Jan 3 - 7:30 PM

Alex Cejka patched together an even-par 37-33=70 in today's final round of The RSM Classic to post 11-under 271, good for a three-way tie for sixth place.

As was noted after yesterday's round, Cejka's record in three previous RSM appearances was dismal, so this week's showing scores one for the current form debate over course form. The T6-finish, although down two spots on the day, is his third top 20 on the season in four starts, and backs-up a T2 at the Shriners, where he played the weekend in 66-66. The 44-year-old was birdie-less 2-over thru his 14 holes in the finale before connecting back-to-backs on Nos. 15 and 16 from 11'2" and 6'4", respectively. Interestingly enough, he matched the field of 74 on Sunday exactly, with a 0.000 mark in strokes gained: putting.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 06:45:00 PM

Alex Cejka rebounded to post a third-round 3-under par 35-32=67 at The RSM Classic and sit solo fourth on 11-under 201, five strokes off the pace of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner.

Whatever the opposite of course horse is, that would be the term for Cejka at Sea Island Resort. In three prior RSM appearances, he hadn't completed 72 holes, missing two cuts and finishing T86/MDF in 2012. However, three starts ago at the Shriners he finished T2, playing the weekend in 66-66. It may have been good enough for a six-way playoff were it not for Smylie Kaufman's 10-under 61 to steal the show by one. Of course, Cejka's only TOUR victory came in a five-man playoff at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open, so one can only speculate. The 44-year-old's 67 on Saturday was his third straight on that number. He played his final nine in bogey-free 3-under, circling birdies at 13, 15 and 16. Of note, Cejka has now played his inward nines bogey-free in each of his rounds this week. Thru 54 holes, he's fifth in driving accuracy and T6 in greens, with both stats registering over 80 percent.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 05:49:00 PM