Miguel Angel Jimenez wins initial Champions occasion with supporters back


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Miguel Angel Jimenez finished a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the Sanford International, the PGA Tour Champions’ very first occasion with enthusiasts because returning from a break to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jimenez closed with a 5-under 65 in Minnehaha Country Club to conquer Steve Flesch with a stroke. The 56-year old Spanish celebrity won for the second time this year and 10th about the 50-and -over tour.

Tied for its second-round lead with Steve Stricker, Jimenez eagled the par-5 12th for the second time in 3 days and performed with the four par-5 holes in 4 under with birdies on Nos. 4 and 16. He parred the last two holes to finish 14-beneath 196.

Flesch eagled the 16th in a 63.

Stricker shot a 67 to tie for third with Bernhard Langer (65) in 12 under. Stricker won the inaugural event in 2018, then jumped his title defense this past year. He had been just player at Minnehaha place to perform next week at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot,

Scott Parel had been 11 below following a 62. Jerry Kelly (66) and David Toms (67) followed closely 10 under.

Fred Couples, a stroke back going into the round, followed a second-round 64 using a 72 to collapse into a tie for 25th at 6 below.

Country singer Colt Ford was last at the 81-man field in PGA Tour Champions debut. Playing on a sponsor exemption, he taken 74-78-72 to finish 14 more — a stroke greater than fellow host exemption Gary Nicklaus.


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