Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Jimenez shares first-round lead in Naples 02/17/17 [Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2017 8:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Justin Timberlake in Super Bowl halftime show for first time since 'wardrobe malfunction'

    Celebrities

    Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy.

    Singer Janet Jackson covers her breast as Justin Timberlake holds part of her costume after her outfit came undone during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston in 2004. The NFL announced Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, that Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota, 14 years after the "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson cause a national controversy. [Associated Press]
  2. No more looking at Jim Harbaugh, but should we look at Notre Dame?

    College

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Overheard Sunday morning in a hotel elevator, among two Penn State fans: "Did you see Coach Harbaugh's interview? He looked shellshocked. One of those coaches with his job on the line."

    Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are falling out of the national conversation; Sunday they fell out of the AP rankings after a blowout loss to Penn State. [Detroit Free Press/TNS]
  3. NFL Week 7: What we learned

    Bucs

    Are the Purple People Eaters back in Minnesota? The Vikings sacked Joe Flacco five times and held the Ravens to 208 total yards in a 24-16 home victory, their third straight win. QB Case Keenum looked ordinary with a 67.7 passer rating after completing 20-of-31 for 188 yards and an interception. Kai Forbath …

    Trainers, top, check Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas after Thomas was hurt in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) OHTD122
  4. Bills' comeback against Bucs a win for the process

    Bucs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It hasn't taken Sean McDermott long to understand how to play to his base. Asked if the Bills had "gotten away with one" Sunday, the first-year coach gushed about his team reflecting the character of the town.

    Under first-year coach Sean McDermott, the Bills are 3-0 at home for the first time in six years. “I love playing here,” he says.
  5. No. 18 UCF closes in on USF, which drops to No. 17

    College

    USF remained ahead of UCF in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday — just barely.