A champion had not been named even after 55 holes at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Miguel Angel Jimenez defeated Steven Alker only after two playoff holes to win the 2022 Mitsubishi Electric Championship and the Makau Hook Trophy.
Alker tied the score at 17-under. Jimenez, 58, defeated Alker to win the Makau Hook Trophy for a record-setting third time. He tied Bernhard Langer, a World Golf Hall of Famer for the record. Jimenez also won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship via a playoff for the second time; his second win in 2020 was in a three-man playoff with Fred Couples and Ernie Els.
After the two golfers had birdied the 18th hole in regulation, the playoff began. The Spaniard won the match with a pair pars. Alker’s second shot on the second playoff at hole No. 18 fell in the bunker left of the green. The New Zealander couldn’t save par to force a third playoff hole.
Jimenez and Alker both had slow starts Saturday, with Jimenez and Alker were only 1-under on the front nine. This forced them into the playoff. On the back nine, each golfer was 5-under. Alker’s second-place finish marks his 10th top-10 finish in 11 PGA Tour Champions starts. Alker, a Hualalai rookie, was the only player to not make a bogey in all three rounds of regulation.
Vijay Singh, appeared in a position to win the Makau Hook Trophy for the first-time after he made a birdie at hole No10. He was leading by two strokes after the birdie. Bogeys on two of the following holes cost him the opportunity to play with Alker and Jimenez in the playoff.
Jerry Kelly won the low round of tournament. On Saturday he ended the day with seven birdies and an eagle in his 7-under round.