JIMENEZ RIDES OFF WITH FIRST SENIOR MAJOR
Miguel Angel Jimenez secured his first senior major with a three-shot victory at the Regions Tradition in Alabama.
The Spaniard birdied two of the last three holes to post a final round 70 at Greystone Golf & Country Club, and pull clear of Steve Stricker, Joe Durant and Gene Sauers.
Stricker, a dual winner on the Champions Tour this season, briefly shared the lead and matched Jimenez’s 70, while Durant and Sauers both carded closing 69s.
Beginning the day with a three-shot lead, Jimenez bogeyed the first, but bounced back with birdies at the fifth and seventh to post a front-nine 35. He lost his outright advantage with a bogey at the 10th, as Durant moved alongside him with three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn.
A tap-in birdie at the 13th saw Jimenez edge ahead, only for Stricker to also pick up a shot on the par five and drain a 20-footer at the next to join Durant one off the pace.
Jimenez responded to a bogey at the 15th by holing a 15-footer at the next, before seeing his lead doubled when Stricker failed to get up-and-down from a bunker to save par at the 17th.
Taking a two-shot cushion to the last, Jimenez found the par-five green in two and two-putted for birdie to finish the week on 19 under par and secure a fifth career victory on the Champions Tour.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer ended the week in 11th place after a closing 67. Paul Broadhurst was the top-placed Englishman in 16th, while Colin Montgomerie was 27th, 11 shots behind the winner.