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The Sky Sports pundits reflect on the weekend's golf tournaments

Last Updated: 09/12/13 1:02pm

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Johnson and Woods: the Americans went toe-to-toe in California

Johnson and Woods: the Americans went toe-to-toe in California

There was a global feel to this week's golf on Sky Sports with our cameras trailing events in Asia, South Africa and America.

There were gripping finishes to the Hong Kong Open in Fanling and the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, while at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California the world number one was pipped at the post.

Read on to see who won and where, how the results altered the record books and what our pundits - Jamie Spence, Ross McFarlane, Denis Pugh and Mark Roe - make of the men that prevailed...

HONG KONG OPEN

Winner: Miguel Angel Jimenez

Margin of victory: Beat Stuart Manley and Prom Meesawat on first-play-off hole

Postscript: Jimenez becomes the oldest winner on the European Tour (aged 49 years and 337 days), beating the record he set himself at last year's Hong Kong Open, an event he has now won four times (2004, 2007, 2012, 2013)

JAMIE SPENCE SAYS: Miguel was always in touch with the leaders, never panicked and when it came down to the crunch he produced the shots. He has this real inner belief, too, as well as real experience and happy memories of this course, so I'm sure he'd like to roll it up and carry it around with him! Miguel had to go to the European Tour Qualifying School on a couple of occasions so I'm sure he cannot have imagined the career he has had (20 wins on the European Tour) and even though he is 50 in January, I think there may be a few more victories to come. He has had an incredible comeback after breaking his leg skiing last Christmas and there is a real possibility he could make the 2014 Ryder Cup team - as long as he keeps the skis in the loft!

NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE

Winner: Thomas Bjorn

Margin of victory: Defeated Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson by two strokes

Postscript: Triumph was the Dane's second of the season following his win at the Omega European Masters in September, and he is now up to 25th in the World Golf Rankings as well top of the embryonic 2014 Race to Dubai standings

ROSS McFARLANE SAYS: Thomas is a wonderful competitor and has now won four times since turning 40 - though because he has a very good short game that doesn't surprise me too much. He did struggle with his putting for a while, but the balls then started dropping again and he is now playing what I believe to be the best golf of his career. He has given himself a prime opportunity to get into the Ryder Cup team, something he hasn't done since the 2002 event at The Belfry, and the way he is playing he will be a valuable asset. He is also a very gritty character, which he showed in his final round in the Nedbank to hold off Garcia and Donaldson, so I hope he makes it to Gleneagles - and I want Sergio, another class player, to get there, too.

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL WORLD CHALLENGE

Winner: Zach Johnson

Margin of victory: Defeated Tiger Woods on first play-off hole

Postscript: Johnson took his second title of the campaign, three months after edging out Nick Watney to win the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Illinois. The 37-year-old's defeat of Woods ensured the world number one failed to lift the World Challenge for a sixth time.

DENIS PUGH SAYS: Tiger took the loss well and I think we are now seeing a man who is more at peace with himself, but the finish was as exciting as anyone I have seen in a while. It's not often you see a play-off with Woods really under the cosh and then not pulling off the victory.

MARK ROE SAYS: Zach will take a lot from taking on the greatest player of the modern era and beating him head-to-head whilst knowing he was up for it and desperate to win the final event at Sherwood Country Club. Johnson has achieved something special and it was a brilliant victory.

Catch more live golf on Sky Sports this week with the Nelson Mandela Championship (12.30pm, Wed, Sky Sports 4) and the Thailand Golf Championship (6.30am, Thu, Sky Sports 4).

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