KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez rallied to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, birdieing six of the final nine holes Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Mark O’Meara.
The Spaniard closed with a 6-under 66 for his second victory in three career starts on the 50-and-over tour. He won the Greater Gwinnett Championship last year, a week after finishing fourth in the Masters. In May, he won the Spanish Open at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion.
Jimenez finished at 17-under 199 at Hualalai Golf Club. After making two birdies and a double bogey on the front nine, he birdied Nos. 10, 11, 13-15 and 17 and closed with a two-putt par on 18.
In his other Champions Tour start, Jimenez tied for eighth in the Senior British Open in July.
O’Meara finished with a 64.
Fred Couples was third at 14 under, following his second-round 64 with a 66. Rocco Mediate, tied with Jimenez for the second-round lead, had a 70 to finish fourth at 13 under.
The 40-player field featured major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees.