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Regions Tradition 2018

DATES: May 17-20
SITE: Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama
PRIZE MONEY: $2,400,000

Round 4 - Miguel Angel Jiménez wins first senior Major

May 20, 2018

Miguel Angel Jiménez has won his first PGA Tour Champions major title on Sunday. He played a final round 70 to take a 3-stroke victory with a 19-under, 269 total.

''It's time to have a medal in my pocket and it's nice to be on the first major of the year,'' he said.

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Jiménez took a three-shot advantage into the final day having held or shared the lead after every round at Greystone Golf & Country Club. It was the third time he had entered the final round of a senior major in the lead or tied for it but the first time he held on to the end. The first was at the 2016 Senior British Open and the second at the 2016 U.S. Senior Open.

''It's been a wonderful week,'' he said. ''My game was amazing, really.''

Joe Durant, Gene Sauers and Steve Stricker tied for second place at 16-under.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-19
64
69
66
70
269
T2
Joe Durant
-16
66
70
67
69
272
T2
Gene Sauers
-16
66
67
70
69
272
T2
Steve Stricker
-16
67
70
65
70
272

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Round 3 - Miguel Angel Jimenez takes 3-stroke lead into final

May 19, 2018

Miguel Angel Jimenez wasn't about to change his evening plans even with a shot at winning his first senior major championship.

Jimenez shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Regions Tradition and planned to relax with cocktails and a cigar.

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''I think I'm going to do exactly the same thing I did (Friday) night,'' he said. ''I'm going to have a margarita as an aperitif, and then I'm going to have a nice bottle of Rioja (wine) and smoke a big fat cigar.''

Jimenez birdied the final hole to reach 17-under 199 at Greystone Golf & Country Club, matching Gil Morgan's 54-hole Tradition record set in 1997. Steve Stricker was second in the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.

Jimenez has six top-five finishes in senior majors but is seeking his first victory. The Spaniard has four PGA Tour Champions titles.

Jimenez got his fourth birdie over the final nine holes on No. 18 after caroming his approach shot off the grandstands and back to about 15 feet from the hole. That set up a two-putt for birdie.

Stricker eagled the par-4 eighth in a 65. He estimated his eagle was about 158 yards with a 9-iron, and he didn't get to watch it go in.

''It was kind of over a little knob, a bunker that we couldn't see the green,'' he said. ''And then birdied 9, so that two-hole stretch kind of really got my momentum going, made the turn in 4 under instead of maybe 2 or something like that.''

Kevin Sutherland, Joe Durant and Gene Sauers were four shots back. Durant shot 67, Sutherland 68, and Sauers 70.

Sauers had shared the second-round lead with Jimenez. He was a shot back before a double bogey on No. 15 when his approach shot went into the woods right of the fairway and he wound up three-putting.

Sauers had opened with his first bogey of the tournament on No. 1 but then started a run of five straight birdies on the 10th hole.

Durant closed with his second eagle of the round on No. 18.

''I got really lucky because I pulled my second shot, and I didn't think it would carry the water to be quite honest, but it did,'' Durant said. ''And I took advantage and made a good putt.''

Durant also had an eagle on the second hole and one birdie with no bogeys. He eagled No. 18 in the first round as well.

Sutherland had four birdies and a bogey over the final nine holes. He closed with a birdie.

Stricker wound up with five birdies and a bogey and his 28th consecutive round under par, the fourth longest streak in Tour history.

Stricker already has two wins and is second in the points standings despite playing in only four other tournaments.

He'll be chasing Jimenez, whose potential eagle on No. 13 was on target but hit the flag to set up a tap-in for birdie.

Jimenez birdied on par-3 No. 14 from the edge of the green after just clearing the bunker. Those kind of shots helped him have an even better time on the course than usual.

''Of course, you cannot beat this,'' Jimenez said. ''Look at our office. Beautiful sunshine, nice grass, nice golf course, nice people around, you know. You can't beat this, really. I enjoy it.

''I always tend to enjoy myself on the golf course. That's the main thing, that you are happy.''

Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer shot a 66 but is still nine shots back. He had four birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the first nine holes to move to 8 under.

Langer came in seeking to become the first to win three straight since the Tradition started in 1989.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-17
64
69
66
199
2
Steve Stricker
-14
67
70
65
202
T3
Kevin Sutherland
-13
69
66
68
203
T3
Joe Durant
-13
66
70
67
203
T3
Gene SauersG. Sauers
-13
66
67
70
203
T6
Rocco Mediate
-10
68
72
66
206
T6
Vijay Singh
-10
70
69
67
206
T6
Wes Short, Jr.
-10
66
72
68
206
T6
Tim Petrovic
-10
69
68
69
206
T6
Scott McCarron
-10
67
68
71
206
T6
Jerry Kelly
-10
66
69
71
206

Round 2 - Sauers & Jimenez tied for lead

May 18, 2018

Gene Sauers shot a 5-under 67 to move into a first-place tie with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Friday in the second round of the Regions Tradition, the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors.

Jimenez and Sauers were at 11-under 133. This was the first time either held or shared the lead after two rounds in a major.

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Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer was nine shots behind. He is trying to become the first to win three straight at the Tradition since it began in 1989.

Sauers completed his second straight bogey-free round. Jimenez had four birdies and a bogey for a 69 at Greystone Golf & Country Club, a day after matching the course record with a 64.

He had opened with a 66 and is seeking his second PGA Tour Champions victory. His first came at the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship.

Sauers had four birdies on the first seven holes.

''Then I kind of just slowed up a little bit, kind of put the brakes on for some reason,'' he said. ''Just the putting, I've got to get more confident in my putting. If I can do that, I'll be right there on Sunday.''

Jimenez tied the course record with a 64 on Thursday, calling it ''amazing.'' He was solid in the second round as well not quite satisfied.

''I still feel like I left a lot of shots on the golf course,'' he said.

Jerry Kelly, Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron are two strokes back going into the weekend. Kelly shot 69, McCarron 68 and Sutherland 66.

Sutherland and McCarron had eagles. Sutherland had a bogey-free round and eagled No. 8.

McCarron had his second eagle in as many days, this one on No. 13. He did finish with a bogey on the final hole from the bunker, saying it was a similar spot to Brandt Jobe's. Both bogeyed No. 9 after starting on the 10th hole in a two-tee start.

''I tried to get really cute with it and really spin it hard and I just came up a little bit short,'' he said. ''But I made 5 - that's probably what you're going to make nine times out of 10 being where we hit it anyways.''

Scott Dunlap and Bob Estes had matching 66s and are tied with Joe Durant (69) four strokes back. Two-time champion Tom Lehman is in a group of six at 7 under, along with 2014 winner Kenny Perry.

Langer was at 2 under. He had two bogeys and two birdies on the first nine holes and made pars the rest of the way.

He was six back at the midpoint of last year's Regions Tradition but won with a closing 64. This one would require an even bigger comeback.

Pos.
Players
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-11
64
69
133
T1
Gene Sauers
-11
66
67
133
T3
Jerry Kelly
-9
66
69
135
T3
Kevin Sutherland
-9
69
66
135
T3
Scott McCarron
-9
67
68
135
T6
Joe Durant
-8
66
70
136
T6
Scott Dunlap
-8
70
66
136
T6
Bob Estes
-8
70
66
136
T9
Stephen Ames
-7
68
69
137
T9
Tom Lehman
-7
68
69
137
T9
Steve Stricker
-7
67
70
137
T9
Kenny Perry
-7
68
69
137
T9
Tim Petrovic
-7
69
68
137
T9
Bart Bryant
-7
69
68
137

Round 1 - Miguel Angel Jimenez shoots course record in Alabama

May 17, 2018

Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions' five major championships.

Jimenez birdied the first four holes and broke the front-nine record at 6-under 30 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The Spaniard took the outright lead with a short birdie putt on No. 13 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes.

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Jimenez tied the course record set by Kenny Perry in the first round in 2016 and matched by Bernhard Langer in the final round a year ago. Jimenez also opened with a 64 in the Chubb Classic before finishing ninth.

''The only hole I didn't play well, the 18th, but I missed my driver,'' Jimenez said. ''We were rushed looking at the weather coming or not and the gusting wind started to come in and I rushed myself.''

Gene Sauers, Wes Short Jr., Jerry Kelly and Joe Durant were second at 66.

Two-time defending champion Langer closed with a birdie for a 70. He has a record 10 senior major titles and is trying to become the first to win the Tradition three straight years since it began in 1989.

The round began with an early two-tee start to try to beat the rain that became a downpour around lunchtime. It will have a similar schedule Friday.

Durant closed with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole to help overcome two bogeys on the first five holes.

''It was a nice finish,'' he said. ''We were trying to beat the storm, too, so we were hurrying on the last hole. I was fortunate to hit a good second shot and then made a long putt, so we got it done.''

Kelly, meanwhile, got his eagle early on No. 2 and was 4 under after four holes, joking that he ''was shooting for 54.''

''I haven't gotten off to a good start for a while, so it was really nice to get comfortable again,'' Kelly said. ''I feel like I've been on edge for quite a few months. Just going to try and take it easy as it comes the rest of the way.''

Sauers, whose only PGA Tour Champions win came in the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship, went bogey-free.

Short was a little more up and down with two bogeys and eight birdies.

He needed two tries to get out of the bunker on No. 17 for a bogey after resuming play, saying he ''got a little stiff there the last couple of holes after the delay and just it's hard to play when you're stiff.''

The rest of his round went much better.

''You can't win today, but you sure can lose, so I'm in a good spot,'' Short said. ''Three more days like this and I should be in a good spot then, too, hopefully.''

Scott McCarron was among four players three shots back at 67. He had one of the better shots of the day, though, with an eagle from the fairway on No. 11 after taking a drop. ''That's why you take a drop, right there,'' he said after the long eagle.

Mark Calcavecchia withdrew after 11 holes. He recently broke his left big toe tripping over a tow bar.

Pos
Player
To Par
R1
1
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-8
64
T2
Gene Sauers
-6
66
T2
Wes Short, Jr.
-6
66
T2
Jerry Kelly
-6
66
T2
Joe Durant
-6
66
T6
Scott Parel
-5
67
T6
Jerry Pate
-5
67
T6
Steve Stricker
-5
67
T6
Scott McCarron
-5
67
T10
Rocco Mediate
-4
68
T10
Tom Byrum
-4
68
T10
Jeff Maggert
-4
68
T10
Stephen Ames
-4
68
T10
Tom Lehman
-4
68
T10
Kenny Perry
-4
68
T10
Fran Quinn
-4
68
T10
Tommy Tolles
-4
68

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-19
64
69
66
70
269
T2
Joe Durant
-16
66
70
67
69
272
T2
Gene Sauers
-16
66
67
70
69
272
T2
Steve Stricker
-16
67
70
65
70
272
T5
Jeff Maggert
-15
68
73
68
64
273
T5
Scott McCarron
-15
67
68
71
67
273
T5
Duffy Waldorf
-15
70
71
66
66
273
T8
Bob Estes
-14
70
66
72
66
274
T8
Jerry Kelly
-14
66
69
71
68
274
T8
Rocco Mediate
-14
68
72
66
68
274
11
Bernhard Langer
-13
70
72
66
67
275
12
Kevin Sutherland
-12
69
66
68
73
276
T13
Fran Quinn
-11
68
70
72
67
277
T13
Mark O'Meara
-11
72
70
68
67
277
T13
Kenny Perry
-11
68
69
72
68
277
T16
Glen Day
-10
71
69
71
67
278
T16
Lee Janzen
-10
70
69
71
68
278
T16
Doug Garwood
-10
69
69
72
68
278
T16
Scott Verplank
-10
72
67
71
68
278
T16
Brandt Jobe
-10
71
73
66
68
278
T16
Tom Byrum
-10
68
73
68
69
278
T16
Paul Broadhurst
-10
72
69
68
69
278
T16
Vijay Singh
-10
70
69
67
72
278
T16
Wes Short, Jr.
-10
66
72
68
72
278
T25
Olin Browne
-9
71
70
72
66
279
T25
Paul Goydos
-9
71
72
67
69
279
T27
Esteban Toledo
-8
69
69
74
68
280
T27
David Toms
-8
73
68
69
70
280
T27
Colin Montgomerie
-8
71
72
67
70
280
T27
Tom Lehman
-8
68
69
72
71
280
T27
Scott Dunlap
-8
70
66
73
71
280
T27
Tim Petrovic
-8
69
68
69
74
280
33
Jerry Pate
-7
67
72
71
71
281
T34
Larry Mize
-6
71
69
72
70
282
T34
Stephen Ames
-6
68
69
75
70
282
T34
Billy Andrade
-6
69
69
73
71
282
T34
Carlos Franco
-6
71
70
71
70
282
T34
Scott Parel
-6
67
75
69
71
282
T34
David McKenzie
-6
73
69
73
67
282
T34
Steve Pate
-6
75
72
69
66
282
41
Jeff Sluman
-5
72
66
71
74
283
42
Fred Funk
-4
72
68
74
70
284
T43
Tommy Tolles
-3
68
72
72
73
285
T43
Jerry Smith
-3
71
73
68
73
285
T43
Russ Cochran
-3
75
71
73
66
285
T46
Tom Pernice Jr.
-2
71
72
70
73
286
T46
Marco Dawson
-2
73
71
70
72
286
T48
Joey Sindelar
-1
70
72
73
72
287
T48
Todd Hamilton
-1
69
76
73
69
287
T48
Mark Brooks
-1
73
73
73
68
287
51
Tommy Armour III
E
73
71
73
71
288
52
Larry Nelson
1
71
78
73
67
289
T53
Scott Hoch
2
71
71
75
73
290
T53
Dan Forsman
2
73
70
74
73
290
T53
Jay Don Blake
2
72
76
74
68
290
T56
Brian Henninger
4
69
69
77
77
292
T56
Bob Gilder
4
69
71
76
76
292
T56
Jesper Parnevik
4
74
72
71
75
292
T56
Mike Goodes
4
73
72
73
74
292
T56
Ian Woosnam
4
74
72
72
74
292
T56
Corey Pavin
4
73
74
77
68
292
62
Gary Hallberg
5
78
71
73
71
293
63
Jay Haas
6
74
75
74
71
294
T64
José María Olazábal
7
77
68
74
76
295
T64
John Huston
7
72
78
74
71
295
T64
Len Mattiace
7
76
70
79
70
295
67
David Frost
8
76
76
71
73
296
T68
Sandy Lyle
10
76
72
70
80
298
T68
Willie Wood
10
75
76
74
73
298
70
Rod Spittle
11
76
74
72
77
299
71
Scott Simpson
13
77
75
75
74
301
72
Tom Kite
22
79
78
78
75
310
WD
John Daly
--
71
71
75
--
217
WD
Loren Roberts
--
73
80
--
--
153
WD
Steve Lowery
--
75
73
47
--
195
WD
Steve Flesch
--
75
28
--
--
103
WD
Mark Calcavecchia
--
51
--
--
--
51
DQ
Bart Bryant
--
69
68
73
22
232



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