Miguel Angel Jimenez Wins Regions Tradition – Season’s First Major

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Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a final-round 70 at Greystone Golf and Country Club to capture the Regions Tradition – the season’s first major on the Champions Tour.

Credit: Getty Images/Drew Hallowell

Following a third-round 6-under-66, Jimenez entered Sunday holding a three-shot lead, but after a bogey on the par-5 15th hole, the Spaniard’s lead had dwindled to just one.

The flamboyant 54-year old bounced back nicely, though, with a birdie on No. 16, and a final gain on 18 to sign for a 2-under par 70, good for a four-day score of 19-under par 269, three clear of a chasing pack which included Gene Sauers (69), Joe Durant (69), and Steve Stricker (70) – who all finished T2 at 16 under.

“So happy to get a win here,” said Jimenez.

“It’s been a wonderful week. My game was amazing really. Today, the beginning I started like a little rough, but got myself back into the game and here we are.”

The win earned Jimenez $360,000 which moves him to fourth place on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List, up from 15th place last week.


FINAL TOP 10

1 Miguel Angel Jimenez -19 (64-69-66-70)
2 Gene Sauers -16 (66-67-70-69)
2 Joe Durant -16 (66-70-67-69)
2 Steve Stricker -16 (67-70-65-70)
5Jeff Maggert -15 (68-73-68-64)
5 Duffy Waldorf -15 (70-71-6666)
5 Scott McCarron -15 (67-68-71-67)
8 Bob Estes -14 (70-66-72-66)
8 Jerry Kelly -14 (66-69-71-68)
8 Rocco Mediate -14 (68-72-66-68)


WINNER’S STATS

Driving: 296.6 yards
Fairways: 67.3%
Greens: 80.6%
Putting: 1.690
Scores: 23 Birdies, 45 Pars, 4 Bogeys


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


QUOTABLE

Question: “A little party tonight?”
Jimenez: “Yeah. Instead of throw out (spray) the champagne, we’re going to put in (drink) the champagne.”

Question: “Put a little bourbon in there maybe?”
Jimenez: “Maybe. Why not?!”

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