Jimenez successfully defends his title at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic was exactly that: an instant classic as high drama unfolded on the final hole of the tournament. News 25’s Hank Davis brings us a recap of this weekend’s stop on the PGA Champions Tour.
Another Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is in the books and golf fans from across the Coast witnessed another amazing weekend of play at Fallen Oak Golf Club in Biloxi. The Golf Channel provided live coverage to the nation all weekend long as some of the biggest names in golf, players like Steve Stricker, Jose Maria Olazabal and John Daly, put on a show and the competition was tight throughout, but it all came down to the final hole. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez lost a commanding lead with a double bogey before Gene Sauers parred, forcing the first playoff in the tourney’s history.
Jimenez eventually closed it out. With a masterful replay of the 18th hole, he became the first ever champ to go back to back at the classic. “I come here to defend my title obviously because I like this course very much. Next year you have to find a sponsor because I will come here again.”
The reigning champ isn’t the only one hoping a title sponsor steps up for next year’s classic, Tourney Director Steve Nieman says the search is already underway. “We have all of the pieces of the recipe to be successful, but we have got to find a title sponsor. We had some folks here today, but the weather cooperated and allowed us to showcase this beautiful facility here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. So, next 30, 45 days I think we will hopefully make some progress and we’ll be able to announce something really soon to keep this thing going. This community really deserves it.”