Jimenez aces his way to Cologuard Classic victory

Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday for his second win in three Champions Tour starts this season when he took out the Cologuard Classic with a four stroke victory over American Woody Austin and Germany’s Bernhard Langer.

The 58-year-old Spaniard won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii and was fifth last week at the Chubb Classic in Florida.

Miguel Angel Jimenez Miguel Angel Jimenez (Credit: PGA Tour)

In the final round, Jimenez was out in 32 having begun the opening two holes with a birdie and an eagle and closed with a 33, including an ace on the par 3, 14th, which was his second for the tournament following a hole-in-one at the 7th in the opening round.

The victory was Jimenez’s 12th on the Champions Tour as he closed with an easy two-putt par for the victory. He finished fifth at the event last year.

“I’ve been there several times here, been close the last couple of years I have played this tournament,” said Jimenez. “My game was very good, solid.”

Jimenez sits on top of the money list with US$668,795 in earnings from three events this season and some US$200,000 in front of reigning Charles Schwab Cup holder Bernhard Langer who has pocketed US$436,500 to date.

Rod Pampling finished the best of the Australians in a share of 6th position at 9-under-par, with Stuart Appleby equal 29th at 3-under-par and Stephen Leaney at even par an in a share of 43rd position.

Pampling currently sits 16th on the money list with earnings of US$90,088 from three starts.

Robert Allenby and John Senden rounded out the remaining Aussies in the field.