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Cook claims Hawaii title with birdie blitz

Jon Cook rattled in a stunning succession of birdies to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday (January 23rd).

The veteran hit five birdies in a row on the back nine at the Hualalai Golf Resort at Kaupulehu-Kona to finish two shots clear of fellow American Tom Lehman.

Cook, 53, started the 54-hole event with a cool 66 and ended up on 22-under after carding back-to-back 64s.

"I've hit some runs of birdies but never on Sunday and never on the back side to win a championship," Cook told the media afterwards in his golf clothing.

The win was Cook's second in as many tournament starts, having closed last season with the successful defence of his Charles Schwab Cup title.

But he revealed that there were times when he was distracted by the beautiful surroundings of the course.

"I get caught looking at the surf," he said. "There's a nice little left (surf break) behind the 17th green. I said out loud, 'Boy that would be nice right now - dig into one of those."

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