Miguel Angel Jimenez wins Hong Kong Open
Miguel Angel Jimenez broke his own record at the Hong Kong Open to become the oldest winner of a European Tour event for the second time.
The 49-year-old, who turns 50 next month, defeated Stuart Manley and Prom Meesawat in a play-off at the Hong Kong Golf Club for his 20th European Tour win.
The Spaniard opened up with a level-par 70, but put himself in contention with rounds of 67 and 65 on Friday and Saturday respectively.
On Sunday, Meesawat edged ahead with a second eagle of the day at 13, but a dropped shot for the Thai at the next, coupled with back-to-back birdies for Jimenez at 13 and 14, wiped out the deficit.
Jimenez started his final hole tied for the lead with Meesawat, who had signed for a 65, and looked likely to drop a shot after finding sand with his approach.
But he produced a sublime sand shot, tapped in for par and forced his way into a play-off.
The drama, however, wasn’t yet over. Overnight leader Manley also missed the green on 18, but chipped in to qualify for extra holes.
At the first play-off hole, Meesawat and Manley missed the green, and Jimenez coaxed in a slick 20-footer to successfully defend his title and make history for the second time.
“I love this place and I love this golf course,” he said.
“I’ve been playing very well here this week and now I’ve tied the record with four victories here.
“If I play the way I am playing this week I will be in the Ryder Cup team. There is one more year to go and now I get this victory it will help a lot. You never know, I would love to be part of the team again.”
Robert Jan Derksen finished alone in fourth place on 11-under-par, with Javier Colomo, Angelo Que and Jose Manuel Lara sharing fifth.
Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling, Hong Kong
December 5-8, par 70, purse €1,300,000
1) Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 70-67-65-66 = 268 €159,063
T2) Stuart Manley (WAL) 67-67-66-68 = 268 €82,894
T2) Prom Meesawat (THA) 66-70-67-65 = 268 €82,894
4) Robert Jan Derksen (NED) 69-67-68-65 = 269 €47,720
T5) Javier Colomo (ESP) 72-66-68-66 = 272 €34,168
T5) Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 69-68-65-70 = 272 €34,168
T5) Angelo Que (PHI) 69-67-68-68 = 272 €34,168
T8) Richard Finch (ENG) 70-67-68-68 = 273 €20,472
T8) Wade Ormsby (AUS) 67-68-66-72 = 273 €20,472
T8) Andrea Pavan (ITA) 65-72-68-68 = 273 €20,472
T8) Joel Sjoholm (SWE) 68-70-65-70 = 273 €20,472
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