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Cejka wins weather-plagued opener

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Zach Johnson of the United States holds the Claret Jug after winning the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course during a 4-hole playoff on July 20, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

Alex Cejka was declared the winner Sunday at the weather-plagued Colombia Championship, the season-opening event on the Tour.

Final-round play was called after a fourth consecutive day of rain in Bogota made the course unplayable. All final-round scores were wiped out and the 54-hole standings were deemed to be official. Cejka won by three strokes at 14-under 199, on the strength of a third-round 63.

Cejka had made the turn in even par before play was called. The final-round wipeout proved a tough break for Andres Gonzales, who was 6 under through 16 holes and all the way up to third place. Now, he’ll record a T-14 finish in the opener. 

Last year, the 43-year-old Cejka had just a pair of top 10s in 21 Tour starts. He played the PGA Tour full-time from 2003-2012. 

Other notable finishes this week include Andrew Putnam, who finished alone in second at 11 under. Justin Thomas, a 2013 U.S. Walker Cupper, finished T-5 in his season opener, while former PGA Tour winner Vaughn Taylor was joint eighth. 

The next event on the Tour schedule is the March 6-9 Chile Classic.