by Jeff Skinner
The Coolest Guy in Golf just keeps getting cooler. Miguel Angel Jimenez broke his own record as the oldest winner on the European Tour with his win at the Hong Kong Open. The 49 year old wins for the fourth time in Hong Kong. He previously won in it 2004, ’07 and ’13. It’s his 20th career Euro Tour win and he just keeps getting better.
From Wire Reports: HONG KONG – Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez won the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open in a three-way playoff Sunday, clinching the title for a record-equalling fourth time and securing his 20th European Tour victory.
The 49-year-old Spaniard birdied the first extra hole at the Hong Kong Golf Club to defeat Thailand’s Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley of Wales and collect a winner’s cheque of $216,660.
Jimenez raised his arm to the air as a fifteen-foot-plus putt dropped into the hole on the eighteenth green — much to the delight of an adoring crowd in the southern Chinese city.
“It’s very nice to win a fourth title and for two years in a row,” a delighted Jimenez said. “It’s a very sweet victory.”
Jimenez played the extra hole perfectly, hitting his tee shot past his opponents and into a prime position far down the fairway.
“In the playoff I know I needed to make something,” he said afterwards, enjoying his trademark cigar and glass of red wine.
“I thought I needed to make a birdie. I hit a beautiful drive down the middle of the fairway then hit a wedge.
“To win in that style makes it even more sweet.”