The Most Interesting Man in Golf is now also the European Tour’s oldest winner.
Forty-eight-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez continued his love affair with the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday by closing with a 5-under 65 to win by one. It was his third career title at that event.
At 48 years and 318 days, Jimenez became the oldest winner of a European Tour event, surpassing Des Smyth’s record (48 years, 34 days) from 2001.
“It’s an honor to set this record,” Jimenez told reporters afterward, “and I hope it’s not the last one.”
Twelve of his 19 career European Tour titles have come after turning 40. His third Hong Kong title – the Spaniard also won in 2005 and ’08 – didn’t come easily, as he had to hold off a hard-charging Fredrik Andersson Hed (64) to win by one.
Michael Campbell, mired in a miserable slump since his last victory in 2005, held a share of the 54-hole lead. But a 2-over 72 in the final round dropped him into joint eighth, seven shots behind. American Matt Kuchar finished solo seventh.