Hong Kong Open: Miguel Angel Jimenez retains title with birdie putt at first extra hole
Last Updated: 08/12/13 11:59am
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Breaks his own record as the oldest winner on the European Tour
Miguel Angel Jimenez came out on top in a three-way play-off to win the Hong Kong Open for a record-equalling fourth time at Fanling.
The veteran Spaniard rolled in a birdie putt at the first extra hole to see off Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley of Wales after the trio had all finished the fourth round level on 12 under par.
Jimenez - who extends his own record as the oldest winner on the European Tour less than a month shy of his 50th birthday - retained his title by sinking an 18-footer after his two rivals had come up short.
"I love this place, I love this golf course," he said afterwards. "I've been playing very well here this week and now I've tied the record with four victories here."
Meesawat had looked set to claim his first win on the European Tour when a second eagle of a see-saw final day on the 13th took him three shots clear.
(GB& Ire unless stated)
-12 M Angel Jimenez (Spa) *
-12 P Meesawat (Tha)
-12 S Manley
-11 R Jan Derksen (Ned)
-8 J Colomo (Spn)
-8 J Manuel Lara (Spn)
-8 A Que (Phi)
*Jimenez won at first play-off hole
However a bogey at the next, coupled with back-to-back birdies from the 13th for Jimenez, saw his advantage disappear, though that was not the end of the drama at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Jimenez then three-putted from long range on the 15th and having started his final hole in a share of the lead, looked to have blown his chances when he found a green-side bunker after taking out the driver off the tee.
His response was to produce a sublime chip shot from the sand that left him a routine par putt, meaning he signed for a 66 to sit alongside Meesawat in the clubhouse on a four-round total of 268.
Manley, who had led by one shot after the third round, looked to have fluffed his lines when he failed to birdie the 17th and missed the green on the next, only to then chip in and make it a three-man shoot-out, starting at the 18th.
Jimenez rules again at Fanling
Yet his hopes of glory disappeared when he clattered into a hospitality tent to the right of the green with his approach from the fairway, while Meesawat landed just shy of the green before chipping to within three feet.
Jimenez, meanwhile, landed his second beyond the target and then coaxed his birdie putt down the slope, the ball taking a late break to the left before dropping into the cup to clinch his 20th European Tour title.
Dutchman Robert Jan Derksen finished alone in second place on 11 under, with Spanish duo Javier Colomo and Jose Manuel Lara joined by Angelo Que of the Philippines in a share of third, three shots further back.