Jimenez beats Els in playoff in Hawaii

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

KA'UPULEHI-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Miguel Angel Jimenez made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff Saturday with senior newcomer Ernie Els to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Fred Couples dropped out on the first extra trip down the par-4 18th at windy Hualalai, missing a short par putt.

Jimenez, paired with Couples in the second-to-last group, birdied Nos. 13-15 in a 5-under 67 to match Els and Couples at 14-under 202.

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 Miguel Angel Jimenez $310,000
2 Fred Couples $170,000
3 Ernie Els $170,000
4 Retief Goosen $101,000
5 Wes Short, Jr. $101,000
6 Doug Barron $72,250
7 Paul Broadhurst $72,250
8 Bernhard Langer $72,250
9 Woody Austin $50,750
10 Marco Dawson $50,750
11 Scott McCarron $50,750
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