Hong Kong Open: Miguel Angel Jimenez chasing fourth win
Last Updated: 04/12/13 5:06pm
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Spaniard chasing a fourth Hong Kong title
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is hoping to enter the record books once again this week when he defends his Hong Kong Open title in Fanling.
Jimenez can join Hsieh Yung-yo of Taiwan as a four-time winner of the event after previous victories in 2005, 2008 and 2012, the latter seeing him become the oldest winner in European Tour history aged 48 years and 318 days.
"I came here for the first time in 2004 (at the beginning of the 2005 season) and won. I love the city and I especially like the golf course," said Jimenez, who finished 22nd on the 2013 Race to Dubai.
"The history of the golf club makes it very special and the people always make us feel very welcome. It was an honour to win here last year and create a new European Tour record, and of course it would be fantastic to win it for a fourth time."
Meanwhile, England's Richard Finch is hoping to build on his superb second place in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last week.
Finch, 36, was playing on a sponsor's invitation at Leopard Creek having lost his card at the end of 2013, but made the most of it by pushing eventual winner Charl Schwartzel hard in the final round.
"It was nice to get back in an upward direction," said Finch, who won both of his two European Tour titles in 2008.
"I had an invitation for the South African Open and for the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which were much appreciated and a big help when you're in the situation I'm in. It was great to have a good week at Leopard Creek.
"It was a busy end to the 2013 season and then I had the Qualifying School and after that I flew straight to South Africa the following week, so although we're now in a different season, there's not been any time to reflect or review.
"I had a top 10 in the last event I played in 2013, in Perth, and that gave me a bit of promise and confidence that there might be some better results coming.
"I wouldn't have said going into last week that I was hugely confident or was doing anything differently, but I managed to get a bit of momentum and then was able to keep it going.
"I've had a lovely start, a big step in the right direction and hopefully I can keep it going and get back to playing full time on The European Tour."
Jimenez is the 13/2 favourite with Sky Bet, while Finch can be backed at 55/1.
Also in the field at Fanling are teenage Chinese stars Jason Hak and Guan Tianlang.
In 2008 Hak became the youngest player ever to make the cut at a European Tour event, a record Guan broke at this year's Masters aged just 14 years and 169 days.
Watch the action from Hong Kong live on Sky Sports 4 HD from 5am on Thursday