Who's who: Alex Čejka

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Who's who: Alex Čejka

  • Name:

    Alexander "Alex" Čejka
  • Country:

    Czech Republic
  • Born:

    Dec 2, 1970 in Mariánské Lázně, Bohemia, Czech Republic.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Marienbad, Germany
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1989

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (3): The Tradition (2021); Senior PGA Championship (2021); Senior Open (2023). Multiple European Tour (4) and PGA Tour (1) winner. 12-time World Cup of Golf player representing Germany.

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Alex Čejka was born in what was then Czechoslovakia, leaving with his parents as a refugee at the age of nine. He eventually settled and lived in Munich, where he took German citizenship. Aged 18 he turned professional as a golfer, recording the first of his four European Tour wins six years later in 1995. He added a PGA Tour win in 2015 in the Puerto Rico Open, his 287th start on the PGA Tour.

Joining the PGA Tour Champions in 2021, Čejka's first three wins on that tour gave him three senior major titles ... The Tradition (2021), Senior PGA Championship (2021) and Senior Open Championship (2023). Two of these titles were clinched in playoffs.

Top tournaments won by Alex Čejka

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Score

289 (+5)

Prize money

$447,800

Title sponsor

R&A

The Senior Open presented by Rolex (36th) (July 27-30). Rain and high winds created a high-scoring final day, at the end of which Alex Čejka (Ger) beat Pádraig Harrington (Ire) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-5 18th). This was Čejka's third senior major title, and the second consecutive year Harrington came a close second. [Royal Porthcawl GC, Mid Glamorgan, South Wales].

2022
Europe
JCB G&CC
205 (-11)
€87,750
JCB

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Venue

JCB G&CC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

€87,750

Title sponsor

JCB

Played as the inaugural JCB Championship (Jul 29-31). Second-placed Paul McGinley (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Alex Čejka (Ger), who recorded his first European Senior (Legends) Tour win on European soil. [JCB G&CC, Rocester, nr Uttoxeter, Staffs].

2021
Majors
Greystone G&CC
270 (-18)
$375,000
Regions

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Venue

Greystone G&CC

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$375,000

Title sponsor

Regions

The Regions Tradition (32nd) (May 6-9). 50-year-old Alex Čejka (Czech/Ger) beat defending champion Steve Stricker (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to record his first PGA Tour Champions win and his first major championship success. [Founders course, Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

2021
Majors
272 (-8)
$585,000
KitchenAid

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$585,000

Title sponsor

KitchenAid

The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (81st) (May 27-30). Second-placed Tim Petrovic (USA) finished 4 shots behind Alex Čejka (Czech/Ger), who recorded his second PGA Tour Champions win and his second major championship success, coming three weeks after winning his first senior major title. [Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$540,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Puerto Rico Open (Mar 5-8). 44-year-old Alex Čejka (Ger) beat Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Tim Petrovic (USA), Jon Curran (USA) and Sam Saunders (USA) with a birdie four at the first playoff hole. Playing in his 287th start on the Tour, Čejka recorded his first and only PGA Tour win. [Championship course, Grand Reserve GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Trump Intl GC].

2002
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
272 (-12)
€239,640
Lancôme

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

€239,640

Title sponsor

Lancôme

Played as the Trophée Lancôme (Oct 10-13). Second-placed Carlos Rodiles (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Čejka (Ger). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

1995
Europe
Islantilla GC
278 (-6)
£49,344
Turespana

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Venue

Islantilla GC

Score

278 (-6)

Prize money

£49,344

Title sponsor

Turespana

Played as the Turespana Masters Open de Andalucia (March 2-5). Second-placed Costantino Rocca (Italy) finished 3 shots behind 24-year-old Čejka (Czech/Ger), who recorded the first of his four European Tour wins. [Islantilla GC, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain].

1995
Europe
282 (-2)
£125,000
Volvo

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

£125,000

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 26-29; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Čejka (Ger). [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].

1995
Europe
267 (-21)
£41,660
Hohe Brucke

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Cejka, Alex

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

£41,660

Title sponsor

Hohe Brucke

Played as the Hohe Brucke Open (Aug 10-13; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Ignacio Garrido (Esp), Ronan Rafferty (N.Ire) and Rolf Muntz (Neth) finished 4 shots behind Cejka (Ger). [Waldviertel course, Golfresort Haugschlag, Lower Austria].

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