RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Alex Cejka won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, making a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a five-man playoff.
The 44-year-old Czech-born German won in his 287th start on the PGA Tour. A four-time European Tour winner, he birdied four of the first six holes and finished with a 3-under 69 in rainy, windy conditions at Trump International-Puerto Rico.
"I'm speechless," Cejka said. "I'm glad it's over. It's been a grinding week, tough week. The first victory is always the toughest. ... These guys are good. I mean this is the slogan. At least I can say I played the PGA Tour for a long time and I won. So that's a good sentence I can use when I retire."
"I really felt like I hit a pretty good putt there," Saunders said. "It went right on me and I was playing it inside the hole. I'm still proud. I had a great week ... just good things going forward. Happy for Alex. He's been out here so long and he's been a great player for a long time. He deserves it. I'm very happy for him. Hopefully, I'll have more chances like this."
Grillo and Curran shared the lead at 8 under with one hole left in regulation, but closed with bogeys in the second-to-last group.
"Nobody even thought that two guys could make bogey on the last," Cejka said.
Grillo missed a short par putt and settled for a 70.
"It's definitely a tough one," Grillo said. "But I would take a playoff at the beginning of the week and have a chance to win the tournament. It's hard. ... It feels like I should have won this tournament by four or five shots."
Cejka had already changed clothes, thinking he had no chance to get in a playoff.
"If that would be a long par 4, people can make bogey, but a par 5 downwind -- they moved the tees up -- and two guys bogeyed," Cejka said. "The odds were not that good. I changed. I had everything ready to go to the airport and almost was very satisfied with a third finish. And suddenly it changed, and here I am. And I'm very, very pleased. I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight."
He quickly changed back into golf attire.
"We had a couple of minutes," Cejka said. "I had shorts on and a T-shirt and I had everything packed. Luckily, there was one more group, the final group coming, so I changed. But I didn't hit balls. Some of the guys were hitting balls in the rain or putting. But I literally just put some fresh clothes on me and some dry clothes and I was ready to go."
Curran also had a 70.
"I'm really proud of myself to put myself in the position that I was in. It was just kind of a surreal place to be," Curran said. "I had a chance to win. I was right there."
Petrovic shot a 67, and Saunders had a 68
Scott Brown, the 2013 winner playing in the final group, had a chance to get into the playoff with a birdie on the final hole, but made a bogey to drop into a tie for 10th at 5 under. He finished with a 73.
DIVOTS: At 44 years, 3 months, 6 days, Cejka is the oldest first-time winner since Ken Duke won the 2013 Travelers at 44 years, 4 months, 25 days. ... Grillo played on a sponsor exemption.