Power Rankings: Regions Tradition
May 06, 2019
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- May 06, 2019
- Miguel Angel Jimenez won the first major of the year in 2018. (Getty Images)
Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup and recent performances.
The PGA TOUR Champions begins its major championship campaign this week when Miguel Angel Jimenez defends his title at the Regions Tradition.
Jimenez won the Regions Tradition for his first major title in 2018. He held or shared the lead after every round on his way to a 19-under-par 269 total. Joe Durant, Gene Sauers and Steve Stricker finished in a three-way tie for second place at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
The victory was the fifth in five seasons for Jimenez on the PGA TOUR Champions. The Spaniard became the sixth international player to win in the 30-year history of the Regions Tradition, joining two-time winner Bernhard Langer (Germany), David Frost (South Africa), Mark McNulty (Zimbabwe), Eduardo Romero (Argentina) and Graham Marsh (Australia).
Jimenez said it was about time he finally notched his first major.
“My game was amazing really,” he said. “Great. Very great. It's time to have a (major) medal in my pocket and it's nice today to be on the first major of the year.
“It’s time. I've been playing well all of the years I've been here on the Champions Tour.”
Jimenez claimed his second PGA TOUR Champions major two months later at the Senior Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
The five senior majors will be contested in rapid order over the next eight tournaments.