Jimenez wins Schwab Cup opener, ties course record with 63

RICHMOND, Vermont (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez turned a day off for torrential rain into an advantage in the final round of the rain-delayed Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Jimenez repeatedly hit the ball close to the pins on greens softened by rain and tied the course record with a nine-under 63 on Monday to win the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions’ three-tournament Charles Schwab Cup playoffs by two shots over second-round co-leader Tommy Tolles.

“Everything,” Jimenez said when asked what was working for him. “Even if I missed some fairways on the edge of the fairways, my irons are amazing to the flag.”

Jimenez made nine birdies in a bogey-free trip over the Country Club of Virginia’s James River course to tie the record set by Kevin Sutherland in 2016 and matched by Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh the following year. The victory, his second of the season, moved him from 22nd and 10th in the playoff standings.

His first birdie came on the par-3 fourth hole, and “then I feel good the whole way on the golf course,” he said.

Tolles remained winless in three years on the tour for players 50 and older, but made an eagle on the par-5 last hole to finish at four under and beat Colin Montgomerie by one shot.