Jimenez becomes oldest European Tour winner

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez toasted with a glass of Rioja and a cigar after creating history in becoming the oldest-ever European Tour winner in capturing a third UBS Hong Kong Open.

Jimenez, at age 48 years and 318 days, surpassed the previous record set by Ireland’s Des Smyth who was aged 48 years and 34 days in winning the winning the 2001 Maderia Islands Open.

Miguel Angel Jimenez Miguel Angel Jimenez (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Jimenez set up a 19th Tour win courtesy of four birdies in succession mid-round in a five under par 65 to win by a stroke on 15-under par on the suburban Fanling course.

“There is maybe olive oil in my joints, and drinking the nice Rioja win and those things keeps me fit and flexible,” he said.

“Well, the most important thing I do what I like to do in my life, and golf has given me all of this pleasure.”

“Winning now, and becoming the oldest winner on the Tour at 48, my goodness, 24 years I’ve been on the Tour, I’ve been around a long time, and next year will be my 25th year.”

“But I still love it and that is fantastic, to love what you’re doing, and enjoy yourself, keep fit, keep working myself a little bit and stretching a lot, and that’s the main thing do keep the body to compete with the new guns.”

Jimenez was presented with a first prize cheque €260,638 ($US 333,330) for his 19th Tour victory and the 22nd of his pro career.

Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, who shot a final day 64, was second on 14-under par to cement his place in this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Australia’s Marcus Fraser also shot a 64 to secure third on 12-under par and his sixth top-10 of the season with Italy’s Matteo Manassero (68) sharing fourth place with Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (66) and Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher (65).

New Zealand’s Michael Campbell, looking to end a seven-year winless drought, double bogeyed the last in a score of 72 to drop from a third round share of the lead to be tied in eighth position on eight under par.