Monday, 21 May 2018
Miguel Ángel Jiménez after winning the Regions Tradition  (Getty Images)
Miguel Ángel Jiménez after winning the Regions Tradition (Getty Images)

He has 21 European Tour victories to his name and now Miguel Ángel Jiménez has secured his first Senior Major Championship with a three-shot win in the Regions Tradition.

The Spaniard posted rounds of 64-69-66-70 to finish on 19 under par, three shots clear of Joe Durant, Gene Sauers and Steve Stricker who all tied for second place.

Jiménez held or shared the lead after every round at Greystone Golf and Country Club, and the victory is his fifth in five seasons of playing on the PGA Tour Champions.

With his victory, the 54 year old becomes the second European Tour Member to win the Regions Tradition after Bernhard Langer triumphed in 2016 and 2017. Langer, who holds the record for most Senior Majors with ten, finished in 11th place in Alabama after a bogey-free five under par 67 in the final round.

Three-time Ryder Cup player Stricker threatened to overhaul Jiménez with a pair of birdies on the back nine, but the Spaniard reacted with two gains of his own to secure his maiden Senior Major.

“He put some pressure on me when he made birdie-birdie on the par five and the par three,” said Jiménez, who will make his Staysure Tour debut at this year’s Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Golf Masters in November.

“I also made birdie on the par five and I made bogey on the other par five, the 15th.

“I hit a second shot and played safe there and then I was in the middle with a lot of grass there and played sand wedge from the middle of the fairway.

“I made birdie on the next and I just had to make some space.”

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