JOHN COOK has won the season opening 2013 US Champions Tour event in Hawaii with Australia’s Steve Elkington finishing T9 in his first senior event.
American Cook caught South Africa’s David Frost on the final hole of regulation and then beat him with birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Cook potted a 25 foot birdie putt on the 18th green to close with a 5-under-67 at the Hualalai Golf Club to catch Frost at 17-under.
Frost had held the lead since the 12th hole of the second round but left the door ajar coming down the home stretch.
Cook won US$309,000 for what was his ninth victory on the senior tour.
Bernhard Langer chipped in on the last hole to finish third alone
on 16-under while Fred Couples (67) was fourth on 14-under.
Elkington, who qualified for the tour when he turned 50 in December, opened his Champions Tour career with a 68 in the first round and followed that with another creditable 69 in the second.
He began the final round strongly with birdies on two and four but it was a roller coaster from there with three bogies offset by a further two birdies.