Alex Cejka shot a final-round 67 to claim a four-stroke victory over Tim Petrovic at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
Trailing overnight leader Steve Stricker by one to start of the day, Cejka carded five birdies and two bogeys en route to a 3-under 67 and 8-under par total.
“You know, I have no words. It’s incredible,” said an emotional Cejka, who .
“Seeing and knowing all those names who are up there on the trophy and being finally on the trophy myself, it’s a dream come true.
“It was a tough week. It’s a beautiful golf course. Historic golf course. Monday when I played for the first time here I walked those fairways and remember seeing this on TV in all those years and I can’t even describe how it feels to be here and touching the trophy. It’s incredible.
“I’m just super blessed. I’m super happy. It’s an incredible feeling right now.”
The major victory at Southern Hills was Cejka’s second consecutive major championship title of the year, and becomes the first Champions Tour player to win two majors in his first two starts since Arnold Palmer (1980-81). He’s also the first rookie to win two majors since Jack Nicklaus in 1990.
His first victory at the Regions Tradition earlier this month broke a winless streak of more than 2,254 days, dating back to the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. His second win would take just 21 days.
With the $585,000 winner’s check, Cejka more than doubles his season earnings to $1,112,140 and moves from No. 32 to No. 12 in Charles Schwab Cup standings.
KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Final: Top-5 Leaders
Pos-Player-To Par-(Final Rd)
1. Alex Cejka -8 (-3)
2. Tim Petrovic -4 (-3)
3. KJ Choi -3 (-2)
3. Retief Goosen -3 (-4)
5. Mike Weir -1 (+2)
5. John Riegger -1 (-3)
5. Bob Sowards -1 (+2)