Cook wins 2013 Champions Tour opener, Elkington 9th

Elkington had a creditable start to his Champions Tour career
Elkington had a creditable start to his Champions Tour career

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.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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