By CHARLES ODUM
2014-04-20 09:22 AM
DULUTH, Georgia (AP) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples will make for a high-powered group to contest the final round of the Greater Gwinnett Championship after they took the top positions on the leaderboard on Saturday.
Jimenez, continuing his impressive debut in the 50-and-over Champions Tour, shot a 2-under 70 and leads by one stroke after two days at TPC Sugarloaf.
Langer and Couples each had a 68 in the second round. Langer is one stroke behind Jimenez and Couples is two back, setting up Sunday's enticing group.
"That's about as good a pairing as you're going to get," Couples said. "I'm thrilled about that, to have a shot at winning."
Added Langer: "It should be an exciting shootout. ... Whoever is going to win tomorrow is going to play some good golf."
Jimenez, Langer and Couples carried over their momentum after strong finishes last week in the Masters. Jimenez was fourth, Langer tied for eighth and Couples tied for 20th in Augusta.
"When you come in from a major like the Masters and you are playing well there, you are like in tune, you know?" Jimenez said.
Jimenez began the day with a three-stroke lead following his tournament-record 65 on Friday. After the round he said he couldn't wait for "a nice, warm shower, a nice fat cigar and a glass of (wine)."
Langer was tied with Jimenez for the lead entering Saturday's final hole. Jimenez had a birdie on No. 18. Langer missed putts for eagle and birdie before settling for par and his second straight 68.
Before the tournament, Langer predicted Jimenez will "leave his mark" on the Champions Tour. That opinion hasn't changed.
"He's very much the same, he's very steady and very methodical and really doesn't have too much of a weakness," Langer said. "Drives the ball well, hits some good irons and putts it very well so that's why he's on top of the leaderboard right now."
Jimenez is trying to become the second straight player to win in his Champions Tour debut. Jeff Maggert won the tour's previous event in Mississippi.
Jay Haas, Chien Soon Lu, Duffy Waldorf, Kenny Perry and Steve Pate are tied for fourth at 5 under. Haas, Lu and Waldorf had 68s, and Perry and Pate had 71s.
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