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Miguel Angel Jimenez had won nearly 30 tournaments in a pro golf career that began in 1982. But none of them were major championships.
That changed on Sunday when the Spaniard held off Steve Stricker and others for a wire-to-wire victory at the Regions Tradition, the year’s first major championship on the PGA Tour Champions. Jimenez shot 64, 69, 66 and 70 to finish at 19-under 269. Stricker, Joe Durant and Gene Sauers tied for second at 16 under.
Jimenez, 54, expressed his joy about his fifth senior win and first major at his website:
“Dear friends, “What a great week! I am so happy to win my first major championship. I have been knocking on the door of the majors in the past few years and to get the job done yesterday at the Regions Tradition is incredible.”
Jimenez added, “[N]ow I am off to the next major of the season at the Senior PGA Championship. Excited!”
Inspired by fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, Jimenez took up the game in his teens and turned pro before he was 20. He has won 21 times on the European Tour, including 14 after he turned 40, and has played on four European Ryder Cup teams.
Nicknamed “The Mechanic” and affectionately called “The Most Interesting Man in Golf,” Jimenez was asked about the secret of his longevity after the 2014 Spain Open.
“There is no secret,” he said. “Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!”
Miguel Angel Jimenez uses Ping golf equipment. Here’s a look inside his bag.
Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees) with Ping Tour 65 shaft
3-Wood: Ping G400 (13 degrees) with Aldila Tour Blue 75-X shaft
5-Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees) with Aldila Tour Blue 75-X shaft
7-Wood: Ping G400 (20.5 degrees) with Aldila Tour Blue 75-X shaft
Irons: iBlade (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Wedges: Glide 2.0 (56 and 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Putter: Sigma G Tyne
Ball: Srixon Z-Star
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