KJ Choi wins the first PGA TOUR Champions title at the PURE Insurance Championship

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KJ Choi wins the first PGA TOUR Champions title at the PURE Insurance Championship

KJ Choi secured his first PGA TOUR Champions title after beating Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka at the 2021 PURE Insurance Championship in Pebble Beach, California.

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KJ Choi, 67-68-68 – 203 (-13)

  • Choi started the round with a two-stroke lead, carding six birdies to place a 31 in front before a bogey at par-5 # 14 – his first in 39 holes – ended with a 4 under 68.
  • His first win at PGA TOUR Champions comes in his 15th start, a week after finishing second behind Darren Clarke in a two-hole playoff at Sanford International (Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
  • With the win, Choi becomes the first PGA TOUR Champions winner from South Korea.
  • After Bernhard Langer (Germany), Paul Broadhurst (England) and Esteban Toledo (Mexico), Choi is the fourth international player to win the PURE Insurance Championship in its 18-year history.
  • It was Choi’s first win in the United States in 211 starts since the 2011 PLAYERS Championship, breaking a winless streak of 3,787 days (10 years, 4 months, 11 days).
  • Choi, who turned 51 on May 19, will become the 11th rookie to win PGA TOUR Champions in the 2020/21 season (last rookie to win: Cameron Beckmann).
  • There were now 13 first-time winners of the PGA TOUR Champions in the 2020/21 season.
    Choi won eight times on the PGA TOUR and ten international titles, most recently at the 2012 CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi on the Asian Tour.
  • Choi now has six top 10 finishes during the 2020-21 wraparound season and has moved up from 31st to 21st place in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

Bernhard Langer, 71-66-68 – 205 (-11)

  • Langer went back to the final lap two on Sunday, shooting 4 under 68 to finish two shots behind KJ Choi.
  • It was the fourth runner-up for the winner of the PURE Insurance Championship 2017 in the 2020/21 season.
  • He has one win (2020 Cologuard Classic) and 21 top 10s in 34 starts in the 2020-21 season.
  • Langer turned 64 on August 27 and is a 41-time winner of the PGA TOUR Champions (second most popular of all time).
  • With his $ 176,000 check for second place, the World Golf Hall of Fame member regained the top spot in the Charles Schwab Cup standings for week 17 of the season.
  • This is Langer’s 39th runner-up ever at PGA TOUR Champions. He finished first or second 80 times in 289 starts (27.7%)
  • With his 68 today, Langer extended his current series of rounds from par or better to 24 (current best on the tour).

Alex Cejka, 66-71-68 – 205 (-11)

  • Cejka made four of his first five holes with a birdie and scored a 4 under 68 on the final lap.
  • Led field in greens this week in regulation, reaching 46 out of 54 (85.2%).
  • With 15 starts this season, Cejka has two wins (2021 Regions Tradition and 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship), two runner-ups and six top 10 finishes.
  • Cejka moves up four places to 12th place in the Charles Schwab Cup ($ 1,639,257).

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  • Scott Dunlap carded six consecutive birdies straight out of gate (# 1-6), followed by another birdie on # 10 and a bogey on # 17 en route to a 6-under 66 on Sunday, giving him 21 points brought in to a fourth place.
  • His streak of six birdies ties in with this year’s record set by Glen Day at the Chubb Classic 2021 (Rd. 1, No. 5-10).
  • On his PGA TOUR Champions debut, first-round co-leader Stuart Appleby played rounds 66-77-72 (T34).
  • New Zealander Steven Alker increased his top 10 positions in a row to five with his T5 finish start in his fifth career start of the PGA TOUR Champions. With the top 10 placement, Alker secured a place for the next event, the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS, in Jacksonville, Florida (October 4-10).

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