Sunday, September 23, 2018

Jimenez shares first-round lead in Naples

NAPLES — Miguel Angel Jimenez had a late eagle and closed with s birdie for 7-under 65 and a share of the lead after the opening round Friday in the Champions Tour's Chubb Classic.

Doug Garwood and Scott Parel joined Jimenez atop the leaderboard on the Talon Course at the TwinEagles Club. Mike Goodes had 66, and Scott Hoch, Tommy Armour, Bob Tway, Duffy Waldorf and Tuesday qualifier John Elliott shot 67.

Jimenez hit a 3-wood to 10 feet to set up the eagle on the par-5 sixth — his 15th hole — and made a 9-footer for birdie on the par-4 ninth.

"I played very well, very solid," Jimenez said. "I make plenty of putts. Very solid from tee green. It's nice. Very happy. The condition of the golf course was excellent and not very windy."

The Spaniard won the last of his 21 European Tour titles in 2014. He has three victories in 23 career starts on the 50-and-over tour, winning once in each of the last three seasons.

"I enjoy it very much," Jimenez said. "I still play some tournaments on the regular tour in Europe because I still feel like I can play there, but obviously here is a little bit more relaxing."

Fred Couples and John Daly topped the group at 68 along with Jerry Kelly, the three-time PGA Tour winner who is making his senior debut. Kelly turned 50 Nov. 23.

PGA: Wind, rain and a limb cracking off a eucalyptus tree were enough to stop play in the second round of the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer remained atop the leaderboard without hitting a shot. Jhonattan Vegas joined him at 7 under through 14 holes and will complete his round today. Cameron Percy was among just 24 players who finished his second round. He shot 71 and was at 5-under 137. Zac Blair and Martin Laird each shot 68 to reach 4- under 138.

LPGA: Sarah Jane Smith shot 6-under 67 in tough, windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Open in Adelaide. She has a 36-hole total of 9-under 137. Lizette Salas (70), Marissa Steen (71), Pornanong Phatlum (70) and Caroline Hewwall (69) are tied for second at 8-under 138. First-round leader Katherine Kirk dropped into a tie for sixth at 7 under after 74. Michelle Wie shot a 71 to reach 5 under.

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