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20.02.2017 - PGA Tour Champions,Chubb Classic, Twin Eagles Golf Club, Naples, Florida Fred Couples überholt Miguel Angel Jimenez

Der Amerikaner Fred Couples zieht in der Finalrunde an Miguel Angel Jimenez vorbei und erobert seinen zwölften Sieg auf der Champions Tour. Im letzten Jahr musste er sich noch Bernhard Langer geschlagen. Der hatte seinen Griff auch an der Trophäe, aber ein Schlag ins Wasser brachte ihn um die Siegchance.

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Fred Couples hat gut lachen, er ist zurück im Kreis der Sieger. © Stoertebek

Fred Couples ist zurück im Kreis der Sieger. Der letzte Sieg des amerikanischen Publikumslieblings datiert aus dem Jahr 2014, immer wieder kämpft er mit Rückenproblemen, im Moment scheint es ihm aber bestens zu gehen, wie seine Runden von 65, 67 und 67 Schlägen ausweisen. Miguel Angel Jimenez starte die Finalrunde mit einem Schlag Vorsprung auf Couples, aber der Spanier verlor mit seiner 71 vier Schläge auf Couples und wurde Zweiter. Bernhard Langer tauchte kurz an der Spitze des Leaderboards auf, als er nach sieben gespielten Löchern Fünf unter Par für seine Runde lag. An der 17 fehlten ihm dann zwei Schläge auf Couples und er griff das Par 5 mit dem zweiten Schlag an. Nach zwei Schlägen ins Wasser und einem Triple-Bogey (!) war das Rennen für ihn gelaufen. Immerhin war es seine 29. Runde in Folge unter Par, sein Durchschnittsscore beträgt 67,34 Schläge. Das zeigt, wie gut der fast 60jährige Langer imme rnoch spielt. 

FINAL RESULTS

2017 Chubb Classic Final Leaderboard

POS

Player Name

Total

RD

RD 1

RD 2

RD 3

1

Fred Couples

-16

-5

65

67

67

2

Miguel Angel Jimenez

-13

-1

70

63

71

T3

Jerry Kelly

-11

-6

68

65

66

T3

Jeff Sluman

-11

-4

67

68

68

T3

Rod Spittle

-11

-3

65

70

69

T6

Scott McCarron

-10

-5

68

68

67

T6

Bernhard Langer

-10

-3

67

69

69

T6

Jerry Smith

-10

-3

65

71

69

T6

Kevin Sutherland

-10

-1

69

68

73

T10

Larry Mize

-9

-7

69

68

65

English:

With a birdie on No. 2 Sunday at the Chubb Classic, Fred Couples took his first solo lead and didn’t look back. He made four more birdies in his bogey-free 67 and claimed a three-shot victory, the 12th win of his PGA TOUR Champions career and first since 2014. In three appearances at the Chubb Classic, Couples has two wins (2010, 2017) and a second-place finish (2016). His win in 2010 came at The Quarry, and it was his first victory on PGA TOUR Champions.

Couples has top-10s in all three tournaments in 2017, and his scoring average of 66.50 is best on Tour. Among players who have played all eight rounds this season, he is 10 shots better than the next best player (Scott McCarron, 67.75 scoring average). Kirk Triplett has the second-best scoring average (67.40) this year, but he did not play in last week’s Chubb Classic.


Fred Couples, 68-65-67 – 200 (-16)

The win is Couples’ 12th victory on PGA TOUR Champions, and first since he defeated Billy Andrade in a playoff to win the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic. In three appearances at the Chubb Classic, Couples has two wins (2010, 2017) and a second-place finish (2016). His win in 2010 came at The Quarry, and it was his first victory on PGA TOUR Champions. Prior to this week’s win, he finished second at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and tied for sixth last week at the Allianz Championship. Dating back to 2015, he has 13 top-10s in his last 17 tournaments. With the victory, he has supplanted Bernhard Langer and claimed the top spot in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Langer had been No. 1 ever since he won the Regions Tradition on May 22, 2016, a span of 18 tournaments. Before Langer, the last player to lead the standings was Woody Austin, who won twice in April 2016.This is the first time Couples has led the money list since July 2010. Langer won the U.S. Senior Open and overtook Couples on the money list on Aug. 1, 2010.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, 65-67-71 – 203 (-13)

Bogey-free through two rounds, Jimenez opened with a bogey on the first hole and relinquished his one-shot lead. He followed with seven consecutive pars and fell three strokes behind Couples before making his first birdie of the day on No. 9. On the back nine, Jimenez never got closer than two strokes, as he and Couples made identical scores on Nos. 10- 17, including birdies on Nos. 14 and 17. He is now 2-for-7 in converting a Saturday-night lead into a victory, winning the 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Classic and the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in this fashion. When he won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last April, he was in third place entering the final round.Jimenez hit 45 of 54 greens in regulation, tied with Joe Durant for best percentage this week. In 2016, Jimenez hit 71.05 percent of greens in regulation, the 13th best mark on Tour. In 24 career starts on PGA TOUR Champions, he has 15 top-10s, including five runner-ups, and one win in each of his three seasons.