Alex Cejka: “Of course it’s nice for the ego and for the wallet”

It’s a rarity that Alex Cejka plays in Germany. To the BMW International Open However, the 52-year-old always likes to come. At the press conference on Tuesday at the Munich-Eichenried golf club, the two-time senior major winner answered questions.

“It’s nice to come home,” Cejka said first. “I have a lot of good memories and also friends here,” says the Czech-born, who later grew up in Frankfurt. “The food is good and the weather is nice too,” said Cejka, who is used to the sunshine in his adopted home of Florida.

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Alex Cejka’s detour to the BMW International Open

The detour to the is sporty DP World Tour not to be overestimated at the BMW International Open. Cejka knows how to judge himself and his age. “My time is already a bit over when you see all the young guys who beat you 40 meters past you,” he says and laughs. He wants to use the tournament to prepare for the US Senior Open, while there is a week’s break on the American senior tour.

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But he no longer knows many players on the European circuit. “When I look around the practice green, I don’t know anyone but the Germans. All the 20-, 21-year-olds are younger than my own children.” Nevertheless, he follows the tournaments “often and likes” in the USA. At the joint press conference, Marcel Siem was delighted to “see old Alex again” and immediately hugged his long-time companion.

Of course, the younger German players know Cejka, but he was already in the USA when they were looking for their idols as teenagers. And there “others mostly played for victory at the weekend”, as Nick Bachem put it, who like Matti Schmid Martin Kaymer as a “formative figure” of his youth. “There weren’t much more than two or three players,” Bachem sums up the search for role models from his own country on the big tours that you could watch on TV.

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Alex Cejka on German winners and Bernhard Langer’s career end

It’s different today. 22 German players are competing at the BMW International Open this week. Cejka is now looking across the pond with friends and is happy that the situation is different than when he was on the European Tour. “I think it’s great. It’s been a while since it was Bernhard, Martin. Now we have five or six players who play up front. Much has been done. I’m looking forward to when I stop watching other Germans on TV at some point. It’s fun when you know there’s more to come, more to come. You couldn’t have imagined that 25 years ago.”

The career of Bernhard Langer was probably unimaginable 25 years ago. Nevertheless, it is not his goal to beat the 67-year-old in the season standings, which he has not been able to do in his two seasons on the PGA Tour Champions. “My standard is not to beat Bernhard. Of course it’s good for your ego and your wallet if you beat it. But there are so many legends, Hall of Famers and Major winners – I want to beat them all. I want to play as well as possible. The top 10 in the Schwab Cup is actually my goal.”

Cejka also chatted frankly about the future of Langer, whose career he sees coming to an end. “If he plays another year or two, then he’s really out. He wants to win another tournament for the record,” Cejka predicted about the one victory that Langer still lacks as the sole rector as the player with the most victories on the PGA Tour Champions.


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