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Miguel Angel Jimenez wins on his Champions Tour debut

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Miguel Angel Jimenez has won the Greater Gwinnett Championship on his Champions Tour debut

Jimenez won by two shots in Duluth as the 50-year old held off Bernhard Langer to complete a wire-to-wire victory.

The Spaniard, who finished fourth at the US Masters, carded a final round of 67 to finish on 14-under for the tournament with the defending champion Langer on 12-under. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at at TPC Sugarloaf.

American Jay Haas was four shots adrift in third while compatriot Fred Couples a further shot behind in fourth.

Jimenez becomes only the third player to lead from start to finish on their Champions Tour debut and the 18th player to win on their first start on the senior American Circuit.

Despite this debut success, Jimenez insisted he will be focusing on the European Tour as he stakes his claim for a Ryder Cup place. He has 20 victories on the European Tour and will try and secure his place for the event that starts on 23 Septemeber.

"I'm playing very well and now you don't know what to do, but I need to do my points for the Ryder Cup," Jimenez told the Golf Channel.

He added: "To me it's not about money, It's about some different goals to make me feel proud of myself. To me I would feel nice to play on the Ryder Cup once more."

Langer's final round represented his third successive round of 68. He was tied with Jimenez at 10-under before a turning point on hole eight. Jimenez made a short putt for a birdie whilst Langer could only bogey creating a two-shot difference.

Jimenez made no mistakes on the back nine as he saw off the challenge of both Langer and Haas.

Jimenez admitted that he enjoyed the pressure of the two challengers attempting to catch him.

"When you hit the ball straight and you put the ball close to the hole it looks easy, but nothing is easy," he said. "You need to keep calm yourself. ... I like to feel the pressure and ... the people that are coming behind bite me."

German Bernhard Langer missed a few makeable birdie putts and the 56-year old rued these missed opportunities.

"I had a number of opportunities, just couldn't make any putts today," Langer told reporters. "And he played very, very solid all day."

But Langer feels that he won't be competing against Jimenez again for a while on the Champions Tour.

"He said he wasn't going to play anymore this year because he wants to be the oldest European player to ever play on the Ryder Cup," Langer said.

"That's his goal. But, you know, goals can sometimes change. Who knows, maybe he makes the Ryder Cup team by July and he'll decide to come out for a couple of weeks."

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