Captain Cook


KAUPULEHU-KONA — John Cook caught David Frost on the final hole of regulation, then beat him with a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday.

Cook closed with a 5-under-67 at Hualalai Golf Club to catch Frost at 17-under 199. Cook drained a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green.

Frost shot 69, not able to match Cook’s birdie on the 54th hole of the Champions Tour season-opener.

Frost had held the lead alone since the 12th hole Saturday.

Both birdied the first playoff hole (No. 18) from inside 10 feet and went to the 17th tee. Cook hit his tee shot about 15 feet left of the hole and drained it after Frost had come up short with his birdie try.

Cook won $309,000 for his ninth victory on the senior tour. He did not have a bogey all week while Frost went bogey-free over his last 48 holes.

Bernhard Langer chipped in on the last hole to finish third alone at 200. He started six back and bogeyed two of the first three before getting birdies on nine of the next 11 holes and finishing with a 64.

Fred Couples was five back going into the final round and also had two early bogeys. He rallied with an eagle and six birdies. That run died with a three-putt bogey at the 17th, and he was fourth after a shooting a 67 and finishing at 202.

Kenny Perry was the first to make a move Sunday. He started the day in 14th place but surged into fifth with six birdies and an eagle. His 64 matched Langer’s score as low round of the week. Perry finished four back with Kirk Triplett.

Champions Tour-Mitsubishi Electric Championship

Sunday’s final round

x-won on second playoff hole

x-John Cook 66-66-67—199

David Frost 65-65-69—199

Bernhard Langer 68-68-64—200

Fred Couples 66-69-67—202

Kenny Perry 67-72-64—203

Kirk Triplett 66-68-69—203

Russ Cochran 67-70-69—206

Tom Lehman 66-71-70—207

Steve Elkington 68-69-71—208

Jay Haas 68-69-71—208

Hale Irwin 70-68-70—208

Tom Kite 66-69-73—208

Corey Pavin 68-71-69—208

Joe Daley 69-72-68—209

Fred Funk 69-69-71—209

Larry Nelson 69-70-70—209

Mark O’Meara 70-70-69—209

Willie Wood 66-72-71—209

Mark Wiebe 70-73-67—210

Jeff Sluman 69-72-70—211

Loren Roberts 72-69-71—212

Jim Thorpe 71-73-68—212

Jay Don Blake 71-72-70—213

Craig Stadler 70-71-72—213

Tom Watson 69-74-70—213

Olin Browne 73-71-70—214

Roger Chapman 70-73-71—214

Mike Reid 73-70-71—214

Mark Calcavecchia 71-70-74—215

John Huston 67-75-73—215

Brad Faxon 69-76-71—216

Michael Allen 70-80-67—217

Dan Forsman 73-73-71—217

D.A. Weibring 71-73-73—217

Eduardo Romero 73-73-72—218

Bruce Vaughan 73-72-73—218

Bob Gilder 75-69-76—220

Curtis Strange 69-74-77—220

David Eger 71-75-76—222

Ben Crenshaw 78-74-73—225