Miguel Angel Jimenez eyeing more success after Hong Kong title hat-trick
Last Updated: November 19, 2012 1:29pm
Miguel Angel Jimenez was delighted after continuing his superb record at the Hong Kong Open.
The Spaniard, 48, closed with a 65 to claim a one-shot success over Fredrik Andersson Hed, the third time he has won the event.
His career haul of 19 European Tour titles also includes victories in Hong Kong in the 2005 and 2008 seasons - and his latest triumph makes him the oldest winner on the circuit.
"I love the golf course, you have to control the ball very well, it is not a matter of distance."
Miguel Angel Jimenez
"I really love this place and course," he said on Sky Sports. "You have to control the ball very well, it is not a matter of distance.
"I played very solid all through the week. Today at the beginning I had many chances for birdies, got to five-under par (through 10 holes) and made no bogeys coming in."
On becoming the oldest winner, he added: "It is an honour to set this record and I hope it's not the last one!
"I've my own style, I like to have my wine. I like to have my cigar, and this week, every afternoon when we finish, I've a glass of wine before I go home and it helps.
"This is not the end of my career. I'm still playing well and still winning tournaments. The most important thing, I say I do what I like to do in my life, and golf has given me all these pleasures."
Andersson Hed's birdie putt at the 18th lipped out, costing him a play-off as things turned out.
"I think it was probably the best I've ever played under pressure when you're in this situation and you can win a tournament. But unfortunately I couldn't get it all the way there, but close," he said.
"It was a pity I couldn't get one of the putts on the last two holes to put a little bit more pressure on Miguel on the last hole. He did fantastic, though so all credit to Miguel."
Australian Marcus Fraser matched Andersson Hed's best-of-the-day 64 and finished alone in third at 12 under in the co-sanctioned event, a result that moves him top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
"I felt like I played pretty ordinary the last three weeks and then my coach came up this week and turned my game around straightaway," said Fraser.
"It's nice to be able to do that on the course, as well, and have a really good week. I couldn't be happier."