Cook captures Outback in playoff


Champions Tour

LUTZ, Fla. – John Cook birdied a playoff hole to win the Outback Steahouse Pro-Am on Sunday, edging Jay Don Blake.

Cook, who shot 9 under for the tournament, picked up his second Champions Tour win this season after winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January. He had a two-stroke lead over Blake before posting a double bogey on the 18th for a 2-over 73 after Blake had birdied the hole to shoot 70.

His second shot into the water forced Cook to drop, and a two-putt gave him a 6 on the par-4 18th.

Blake, who played on qualifier status for most of the 2010 season, even though he had seven top-10 finishes, including a third place, has not had a professional win since 1991, when he won the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.

Russ Cochran, who held a two-stroke lead after the first round Friday, finished tied for third at 7 under after shooting a 74. Joe Ozaki was also at 7 under.

Cook jumps up to second in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings at 560 points, 134 behind leader Tom Lehman, who also has two Champions wins this season.

Blake moves up 14 spots and now has 215 points through four events.