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

Miguel Angel Jimenez

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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