Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez beat Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden by a single shot to claim the UBS Hong Kong Open and become the oldest winner in the history of the European Tour.
The 48-year-old fired an excellent closing round 65 to stay one clear of the Swede and collect his 19th European Tour title – the 12th he’s picked up since turning 40. He is now the oldest winner of a European Tour event, taking over from Des Smyth who was six months younger than Jiménez when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open. This was the third time Jiménez has won the Hong Kong Open.
“It’s very nice, I hope it’s not the last one,” he said. “I really love this place. I love the golf course – it’s a great golf course where you have to control the ball very well, it’s not a matter of distance.”
Fredrik Andersson Hed made a great final day charge with three early birdies then three more just after the turn. He had a 12-foot birdie putt on the last that would have tied Jimenez but it narrowly missed.
“It was a pity I couldn’t make the putt,” he said. “But it always feels good to finish second in a golf tournament; you know you’ve done something good.”
Australia’s Marcus Fraser finished with a 64 to end the week in third place. Stephen Gallacher of Scotland shared fourth with Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Peter Lawrie of Ireland. A cheque for €66,411 was enough to seal Lawrie’s place in the DP World Championship in Dubai.
Andrew Dodt looks to have secured his playing rights for the 2013 season with a superb closing nine of 33. He lifted himself into a tie for 37th and managed to climb from 122nd to 117th on the money list.
There wasn’t such good news for Rhys Davies and Gary Boyd. They will now definitely have to head back to Qualifying School next week.
UBS Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong GC, Fanling, Hong Kong
Nov 15-18, purse €1,576,000, par 70
1 Miguel Angel Jiménez (Esp) 65 67 68 65 265 €260,638
2 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 66 66 70 64 266 €173,759
3 Marcus Fraser (Aus) 67 69 68 64 268 €97,897
T4 Stephen Gallacher (Sco) 68 68 68 65 269 €66,411
T4 Peter Lawrie (Irl) 68 68 67 66 269 €66,411
T4 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 67 70 64 68 269 €66,411
7 Matt Kuchar (USA) 69 69 66 67 271 €46,915
T8 Michael Campbell (NZ) 67 64 69 72 272 €37,063
T8 Pablo Larrazabal (Esp) 69 70 65 68 272 €37,063
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage