Miguel Angel Jimenez wins Hong Kong Open by one shot after flawless final round
Last Updated: November 19, 2012 8:30am
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Spaniard closed out his 19th European Tour win with eight pars in a row
Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history at the Hong Kong Open.
The Spaniard produced a closing round of 65 for a 15-under-par total and one-shot victory margin over Fredrik Andersson Hed.
At 48 years and 318 days, Jimenez is 284 days older than Des Smyth was when he triumphed at the Madeira Islands Open in 2001.
(GB and Ire unless stated)
-15 MA Jimenez (Spn)
-14 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-12 M Fraser (Aus)
-11 S Gallacher
-11 Pe Lawrie
-11 M Manassero (Ita)
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Jimenez, tied for the lead with Michael Campbell overnight, moved clear with a front-nine of 30.
He had birdies at the third and four straight from the seventh to take control of the tournament.
And Jimenez held his nerve down the stretch, closing out the 19th European Tour victory of his career with eight pars in a row. He also completed a hat-trick of titles in Hong Kong, having also won this event in 2005 and 2008.
Andersson Hed produced a six-under 64 and was within one of the lead after a run of three straight birdies from the 11th.
But he also parred his way in from there to end up one shy.
Australia's Marcus Fraser finished alone in third at 12-under-par after a 64, while Scot Stephen Gallacher (65), Ireland's Peter Lawrie (66) and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero (68) shared fourth a stroke further back.
New Zealander Campbell, bidding for his first win since 2005, fell away on the final day with a two-over 72 to finish in a tie for eighth at eight under.
The event also brought joy and agony for those fighting to keep their Tour cards.
The agony belonged to Welshman Rhys Davies, who had to stay 119th on the money list to avoid a return to the qualifying school, but came only 51st and slipped to 120th when Australian Andrew Dodt, having dropped five shots on the front nine, birdied three of the last six.
It lifted Dodt from 122nd to 117th, put England's Richard Bland 118th and South African Tjaart Van der Walt 119th.
Bland, who came 69th, and Van der Walt, who missed the cut, were not safe, though. There was still the South African Open to come later in the day before the issue was decided.