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Jimenez becomes tour’s oldest winner

Golf

Fanling, Hong Kong – Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a final round five-under 65 to become the oldest player to record a European Tour victory with a one-stroke triumph at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The Spaniard completed the tournament on 15 under par to edge out Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed, who had earlier shot a 64, to secure a hat-trick of Hong Kong titles at the age of 48 years and 318 days.

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HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 18: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain celebrates winning with a glass of red wine and a cigar after the final round of the UBS Hong Kong open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 18, 2012 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Jimenez is 284 days older than Irishman Des Smyth was when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open and his triumph comes a week after Italy's Matteo Manassero became the first teenager to claim a hat-trick of European Tour titles at the Singapore Open.

After also winning the Hong Kong title in 2005 and 2008, Jimenez saw off the challenge of joint-overnight leader Michael Campbell when the New Zealander fired a disappointing two-over 72 to slip down into a tie for eighth.

Campbell had been seeking a first victory since 2005, when he won the U.S. Open and the World Match Play Championship. – Reuters

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