Jiménez wins Mitsubishi Electric Championship
Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez blitzed the final nine holes in 30 strokes to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
The Spaniard closed with a six-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Mark O’Meara and his second victory in only three career starts on the Champions Tour.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Credit: Anthony Powter)
He won the Greater Gwinnett Championship on debut last year, a week after finishing fourth behind Bubba Watson at The Masters.
In May, he broke through to win his first Spanish Open title at age at 50 years, 133 days to extend his own record as the oldest European Tour champion.
Jiménez finished at 17-under 199 at Hualalai Golf Club but had to do it tough early on as O’Meara was shooting six-under 30 on the front nine.
Things got tougher for the Spaniard after a double bogey on the 5th however the world number 40 showed his class on the run home with birdies on 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 17 and with the tournament won, a pressure-free two-putt par on the 18th .
The 25-foot putt from off the fringe that tumbled in the back of the hole on the scenic short 17th was the critical moment, breaking the deadlock with O’Meara who was denied victory despite closing with eight-under 64.
It was two-time winner O’Meara’s 15th runner-up finish on the Champions Tour.
Fred Couples was third at 14-under, the colourful Rocco Mediate finished with a 70 to finish fourth at 13-under while the quartet of Colin Montgomerie, Olin Browne, Bernhard Langer and Wes Short Jnr. tied for fifth at 12-under.