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Jimenez takes record-equalling fourth Hong Kong Open victory

English.news.cn   2013-12-08 20:05:55            

HONG KONG, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Hong Kong Golf Open in a three-way playoff here on Sunday to clinch the title for a record-equalling fourth time.

The 49-year-old Spaniard defeated Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley of Wales to win the title and break the record he set last year as the oldest winner on the European Tour.

Jimenez, who turns 50 next month, rolled in an 18-foot putt to birdie the first extra hole to defend his title. Tied with Meesawat and Manley at 12-under-par after returning a final round 66, Jimenez claimed his 20th European Tour title.

"I love this place, I love this golf course, I love the tournament," said Jimenez after winning his fourth Hong Kong Open title.

Jimeneze rewrote a slice of his own history in becoming the oldest winner on the European Tour at the age of 49 years and 337 days and also became the second oldest winner on the Asian Tour.

Meesawat looked set for his maiden European Tour title as he eagled the third to grab the lead and went three clear with another at the long 13th.

But he bogeyed the next when Jimenez was launching a late charge.

Overnight leader Manley had four bogeys and as many birdies in his first 10 holes before he joined the playoff with a chip-in for birdie at the last.

Editor: Shen Qing
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