SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Boeing Classic on Sunday for his third PGA TOUR Champions victory of the season, closing with a 5-under 67 to hold off David McKenzie by two strokes.
Jimenez, tied for the lead with Billy Andrade entering the round, birdied five of the first 12 holes and parred the last six. The 58-year-old Spanish star finished at 15-under 201 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
“Two bogeys on the first nine hole of the tournament and then the last 45 holes is bogey-free,” Jimenez said. “And I make 14 birdies in the last 45 holes.”
Jimenez has 12 PGA TOUR Champions victories, winning two of the first three events this season. He won 21 times on the DP World Tour.
“The key is to be hitting good,” Jimenez said. “And I feel confident with my game. I feel good from the tee and feel good with every club from the bag. And I played very solid. Very, very solid.”
McKenzie shot a 66. Andrade had a 71 to tie for third with Stephen Ames (69) at 11 under.
Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker (69) was 10 under. Jerry Kelly (68) followed at 9 under a week after winning the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta. Jimemez, Alker and Kelly are tied for the PGA TOUR Champions victory lead.
Local favorite Fred Couples closed with a 74 to tie for 28th at 2 under.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday for a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Billy Andrade.
Jimenez had a bogey-free round to match Andrade at 10-under 134 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
“Moving day like people say, no?” Jimenez said. “We are moving — 8-under par today. It’s a bogey-free round, very solid, consistent.”
The 58-year-old Spanish star has 12 PGA TOUR Champions victories, winning two of the first three events this season. He won 21 times on the DP World Tour.
Andrade, also 58, birdied the par-5 18th for a 66. He has three victories on the PGA TOUR Champions after winning four times on the PGA TOUR.
“Putter today.” Andrade said. “Putter has been pretty absent pretty much the whole year, so when you start making a few, all of a sudden it gets contagious a little bit. These greens are really hard.”
K.J. Choi, one of five players tied for the first-round lead, shot a 69 to join Gene Sauers (64) and Stephen Ames (68) at 8 under.
Darren Clarke (66) was 7 under with Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker (68), David McKenzie (64) and Joe Durant (63).
Jerry Kelly, the Shaw Charity Classic winner last week in Alberta, was tied for 11th at 5 under after a 69. Alker and Kelly are the only three-time winners this year.
Local favorite Fred Couples (71) and Steve Stricker (72) were 4 under.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — K.J. Choi closed birdie-eagle-birdie for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead in the PGA TOUR Champions’ Boeing Classic.
Choi, the 52-year-old South Korean player who won last year at Pebble Beach for his lone PGA TOUR Champions title, was tied with Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Scott Dunlap and Billy Mayfair.
Choi birdied the par-4 seventh, eagled the par-5 eighth and closed with a birdie on the par-3 ninth at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.
Steve Stricker was a stroke back with 2019 winner Brandt Jobe, Billy Andrade and Stephen Ames.
Local favorite Fred Couples and Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker shot 69s.
Jerry Kelly, the Shaw Charity Classic winner last week in Alberta, opened with a 70. Alker and Kelly are the only three-time winners this year.