The 1964 vintage Miguel Angel Jimenez continues to improve with age.
Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open for the fourth time on Sunday, resetting his own European Tour record as its oldest champion, just 28 days shy of his 50th birthday.
The Spaniard won in a playoff over Prom Meesawat of Thailand and Stuart Manley of Wales, sinking an 18-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death for the victory. Jimenez closed with 4-under 66 to end at 12 under par and looking at overtime golf.
”It just gets better and better. I love Hong Kong and this course,” said Jimenez. ”This is my fourth and it was my hardest. When you need to play a playoff, you need to play one more hole, and against two guys also trying to win is hard. But my experience paid off.”
The win is somewhat like a successful title defense for Jimenez, who won this event for the third time in 2012. The Hong Kong Open was not part of the European Tour schedule for 2013, with this win counting toward 2014. Jimenez’s previous record as the European Tour’s oldest winner came with that 2012 win.
So how does Jimenez keep up with the rugrats around him?
”I stretch every morning,” he said. “You have to do this to keep up with the younger lot.”