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Jimenez cards 66 to win Champions opener

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KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez rallied to win the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship, birdieing six of the final nine holes Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Mark O'Meara.

The Spaniard closed with a 6-under 66 for his second victory in three career starts on the 50-and-over tour. He broke a tie with O'Meara with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.

"It was uphill against the grain and into the wind," said Jimenez, a 21-time winner on the European Tour. "I knew I had to hit it hard."

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 M.Jimenez $309,000
2 M.O'Meara $187,000
3 F.Couples $133,000
4 R.Mediate $111,500
5 O.Browne $76,750
6 B.Langer $76,750
7 C.Montgomerie $76,750
8 W.Short, Jr. $76,750
9 B.Bryant $53,500
10 C.Pavin $53,500
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