HONG KONG — Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner Sunday by shooting 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title.
At 48 years and 318 days, the Spaniard surpassed the previous record set by Ireland’s Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.
“Winning now, and becoming the oldest winner on the tour at 48, my goodness. Twenty-four years I’ve been on the tour, I’ve been around a long time,” Jimenez said. “But I still love it and that is fantastic, to love what you’re doing, and enjoy yourself, keep fit, keep working myself a little bit and stretching a lot. And that’s the main thing to do to keep the body to compete with the new guns.”
Jimenez earned his 19th tour victory with a 15-under total of 265 on the suburban Fanling course. He was one shot ahead of Fredrik Andersson Hed, who closed with a bogey-free 64.
LPGA TOUR: In Naples, Fla., U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi won the Titleholders on Sunday to make a great season even better.
Choi finally pulled away from So Yeon Ryu with a wedge that had to hit a tiny spot on a green she couldn’t see. It settled about 3 feet away for birdie, and a par on the last hole gave her 2-under 70 and a two-shot win. The 25-year-old from South Korea won for the second time this year, and the $500,000 first-place check pushed her season earnings to a career-best $1.9 million.
AUSTRALIAN MASTERS: In Melbourne, Australia, Adam Scott shot 5-under 67 to win the Australian Masters for his first victory of the year.
Ian Poulter shot 72 and finished second, four strokes behind Scott.
Scott finished with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271 at Kingston Heath.
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: In Johannesburg, Henrik Stenson shot 71 for 17-under total of 271 to end a three-year wait for a tournament title.
The Swede earned his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship.
PEBBLE BEACH INVITATIONAL: In Pebble Beach, Calif., Tommy Gainey birdied No. 18 for 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory.