Alex Cejka won with a total of 205 (69 66 70, -11) strokes the JCB Championship, a tournament of the Legends Tour that took place on the course of the JCB Golf & Country Club (par 72) in Uttoxeter, England. The German won ahead of Irishman Paul McGinley, second with 207 (-9). In third place with 208 (-8) the South African Retief Goosen and two of the most anticipated protagonists of the event: the Northern Irishman Darren Clarke, winner last week of The Senior Open presented by Rolex, and the South African James Kingston, champion of the Swiss Seniors Open. Emanuele Canonica, the only Italian in the race, was placed 42 / o with 221 (70 76 75, +5).
Alex Cejka, results
For Alex Cejka, 51, born in Mariánské Lázně (in the former Czechoslovakia), this is the third career success among the “over 50” after the two majors won in 2021: the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the Regions Tradition (not recognized, however from the Legends Tour).
Born in Czechoslovakia, Cejka came to Germany as a teenager and received German citizenship.
In 1995 he won the prestigious Volvo Masters at Valderrama Golf Club, alongside two other tournament wins on the European Tour. After a few years in Europe, he moved to the United States, where he qualified for the PGA Tour in 2002.
Thanks to good performances, he was able to keep his playing eligibility in the years 2003 and 2004 on the PGA TOUR; in 2005 and 2006 he had to go through the tough qualifying school. He was spared that in 2007 as a strong finish to the season (two top 10 finishes in the last three tournaments) saw him finish in the top 125 on the money list, earning him playing rights for the 2008 season. In addition to Alex Cejka, only Bernhard Langer, as a German, had this right to play.
Organized by Richard Rayment (RDI Sports), Cejka’s former manager, the Pro-Am tournament Out of Bounds, which takes place annually before the BMW International Open in Munich, was initially called Alex & Friends.
In 2008, Alex Cejka changed his racquets. Instead of the Srixon brand, which he had used successfully on the tour for three years, he chose Callaway Golf clubs with which he had achieved his previous success.
In the 2009 season, Cejka was able to set some exclamation marks on the PGA Tour, but without being able to celebrate the great success. At the Verizon Heritage in April, for example, he was still 1st after the first 18 holes, but fell back to 13th place over the course of the weekend. Even more dramatic was his performance in May at the Players Championship, the unofficial fifth major. There Cejka was leading by 5 strokes after three rounds, but after a weak final round alongside Tiger Woods, who was in second place, he fell back to 9th place and was just able to save his first top 10 placement of 2009.
Alex Cejka ended 2010 ranked 91st on the US PGA Tour. Best result was third place. In 2011 he was unable to obtain the right to play due to a grass allergy and in 2012 he only played a few tournaments on the PGA Tour and on the European Tour. In late 2012, he narrowly missed qualifying for the PGA Tour.
In 2013, Cejka played on the second-rate US Web.com Tour, where he finished the season in 64th place, missing the full eligibility of the top 50 rankings for participation on the PGA Tour. At the 2014 Web.com Tour season opener, he achieved his first victory in 301 appearances in tournaments on the PGA Tour (PGA, web.com, Nationwide Tour) at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship in Bogota; at the end of the season he reached the eligibility for the PGA Tour with the 6th place.
After returning to the PGA Tour in 2015, he won his 287th start in a PGA tournament after beating four competitors in the playoff at the Puerto Rico Open. After Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer, he is only the third German to do so. He ended the 2014/2015 season in 71st place on the Fedexcup list, his best ranking since the Fedexcup system was introduced in 2007.
Cejka has been playing on the PGA Tour Champions since 2021, where he won two tournaments in his first year: the major tournaments Senior PGA Championship and Regions Tradition.