Notebook: Cook's continued Hawaii success; Irwin extends recordJanuary 21, 2013
By Champions Tour staff
John Cook sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat David Frost and win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai for the second time in the last three years. Cook played all 54 holes in regulation without a bogey. It was Cook’s second playoff win on the Champions Tour in eight tries. His other win came in 2011, when he beat Jay Don Blake to win the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. Bernhard Langer made a late final-round run, shooting an 8-under-par 64 but fell one shy of the playoff.
• Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer each fired final-round 8-under-par 64s to post the low rounds for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Langer’s final round included a stretch of 11 holes midway through his round where he made nine birdies, including five in a row. Langer finished third overall, one stroke shy of the playoff, while Perry finished T5.
• In his 400th Champions Tour start, Hale Irwin finished T9 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, increasing his record total of top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour to 209.
• Steve Elkington finished T9 in his Champions Tour debut at Hualalai.
Corey Pavin looks to defend the Allianz Championship (Feb. 4-10) in Boca Raton, Fla. Pavin defeated Peter Senior in a sudden-death playoff last year to win his first Champions Tour title.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
John Cook earned 309 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race to grab an early lead after his victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
254 – The number of consecutive holes David Frost has played without a three-putt.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tom Lehman led all players in Greens in Regulation with 87.04 percent at the season-opening tournament. He led the Champions Tour in that category in both 2011 and 2012.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“It was kind of a survival day until it got down to the nitty gritty and you knew what you had to do." – John Cook describes his final-round battle with David Frost which ended with Cook winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at the second extra hole of sudden death.
“The only way I survived and am still playing today is because I didn’t want to NOT play anymore.” – Rocco Mediate comments on how he bounced back from the lowest point of his career when he had back surgery in 1994.
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