Jimenez breaks own tour record as oldest winner


For the third time Miguel Angel Jimenez on Sunday broke his own record as the oldest winner in European Tour history, winning the Spanish Open on Sunday for the first time in 27 appearances. 

At 50 years and 133 days, he topped the record he set last December at the Hong Kong Open (49 years, 337 days).

The Spaniard has been playing in his country’s national Open since 1983. This was his 27th appearance.

It’s already been a memorable month for Jimenez, who finished fourth at the Masters, won in his Champions Tour debut a week later, and remarried the following week. 

Jimenez, who has resisted playing full-time on the senior circuit because he wants to make one more Ryder Cup team, has played his way into contention for one of the spots.

Jimenez began the final round two shots off the lead, but his closing 73 was enough to get into a three-man playoff with 2012 NCAA champion Thomas Pieters (75) and left-hander Richard Green (72). Pieters and Green made bogey-5 on the first playoff hole, while Jimenez got up and down from the back of the green for his 21st career European Tour title.