Miguel Ángel Jiménez became the oldest winner in European Tour history, winning the UBS Hong Kong Open for a third time. At 48 years and 318 days, Jiménez earned his 12th title since the age of 40, extending his own European Tour record. He relied on new PING equipment including new Anser forged irons, an Anser fairway wood, and Tour wedges.
Jiménez shot a 4-under 65 in the final round at Hong Kong Golf Club to win by a stroke at 15 under (65-67-68-65). His day was highlighted by a 30 on the front nine and birdies on holes 7 through 10. He was bogey free over his last three rounds, and on Sunday he hit 16 of 18 greens, a show of accuracy and consistency on a course that suits his game.
“I really love this place,” Jiménez said after his 19th European Tour victory and his sixth in Asia, also a European Tour record. “I love the golf course, where you have to control the ball very well; it’s not a matter of distance.” Playing in his 597th European Tour event over 24 seasons, the Spaniard credited his longevity to maintaining a passion for the game. “I still love it. I keep fit, keep working on myself a little bit and stretching a lot, and that’s the main thing to do to compete with the new guns.”
With the victory, Jiménez extends his exemption on the European Tour through 2014. He played an i20 driver and 5-wood, Anser 3-wood, Anser forged irons, Tour wedges with Gorge grooves, and an Anser Milled 1 putter.