The final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship had just about everything that a golf tournament could offer. Low rounds, comebacks, chip-ins, eagles, birdies galore and even a playoff. It gave golf fans an exciting start to the Champions Tour 2013 season.
David Frost held a two-shot lead at the start of the final round on Sunday at Hualalai but John Cook rolled in a 25-foot putt on the last hole to catch Frost and force a playoff.
After both players made birdie on the first playoff hole Cook made his third consecutive birdie and won the first Champions Tour event of 2013. He knows a little something about playoffs. Three of his 11 PGA Tour wins came via a playoff.
Frost was in control of the tournament right up to the last hole. He turned in a three-under par 69 and had a solid round. He did miss some putts earlier in his round but he hit fairways and greens and seemed in control of his game throughout the day.
He took a one-shot lead into the final hole and had to watch as Cook ran in his long putt for birdie. Frost was not able to make his birdie attempt and Cook was able to steal the win.
Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer turned in brilliant rounds of eight-under par 64 on Sunday. Langer’s left him just one shot short of the playoff with Cook and Frost. Perry moved up nine spots on Sunday to finish T-5.
Fan favorite Freddie Couples was even a factor near the end. He posted a five-under par 67 on Sunday and finished in fourth place.
Hualalai is a resort golf course and its wide inviting fairways provided these experienced Champions Tour players ample opportunities for birdie over this lava-strewn paradise.
There were 40 invited players in the field for the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. It is limited to players that have won a major on the Champions Tour within the last five years or won an event on the Champions Tour over the past two years.
It was the ninth Champions Tour victory for Cook and he collected $307,000 for the win.