Jiménez stars in Champions Tour debut

Miguel Ángel Jiménez’ debut on the Champions Tour could have gone either way following his 4th place finish at The Masters last week: a continuation of that form or a letdown after such a strong showing at Augusta.

Fortunately for the Spaniard and the Champions Tour, it was the former as the debutant kept Bernhard Langer at bay with quality golf to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his debut.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Jiménez’ closed with a 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf.

Despite the prospects of greater success against his own age group, the world No. 33 won’t commit to the Champions Tour because his goal is making the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Fred Couples, in the final group with Jiménez’ and Langer, shot 70 and was fourth. Langer tied for eighth and Couples tied for 20th in the Masters and Jiménez’ said defeating this pair made the win more sweet.

“Of course it’s satisfaction,” Jiménez’ said. “The better quality the field, the more satisfied you are with the victory. All three were playing very well in the Masters. We all were in contention. That’s nice.”

Jiménez’ now takes a well earned break during which time, he’ll marry his partner Susanne Stylbo on May 3 where some of the $700,000 he’s earned in the past two weeks alone is sure to be lavished on the reception.