Miguel Angel Jimenez beat Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley on the first playoff hole with a birdie to not only successfully defend his title at the Hong Kong Open, but win the event for the fourth time. Jimenez, who turns 50 in less than a month, extended the record he set last year for the oldest winner on the European Tour to 49 years and 337 days.
I don’t need to say it — he’s like a fine wine (which we know he enjoys).
“It’s very sweet, but it’s tough, it’s hard,” said Jimenez. “Winning a tournament is always tough, and the people there is already 3‑ or 4‑under par. I make a bogey with 3‑putts on the 15th, miss my birdie on the 16 and know I have to make at least one more birdie to make a playoff or two birdies to win the tournament.
“At the end, I make the birdie on the 17th, and then we three go to a playoff when Manley holed that chip on the last hole for the playoff. And then after, we have another playoff and I win in that style, makes it even more sweeter.”
Jimenez also captured his 20th European Tour title — and it was his first since breaking his leg in a skiing accident last year.
“It’s nice, you know, it’s a good record,” said Jimenez, referring to his total Tour victories. “Well, just give myself in the right mood and building more confidence to keep doing what I’m doing and keep enjoying myself on the golf course.”
Despite his penchant for fun, cigars and alcohol, he also keeps his shape.
“Obviously I’m 49,” said Jimenez, as he held up a cigar. “I’m going to be 50 in one month. But obviously to keep at this level, you need to work, and obviously I work almost every morning, especially on the stretch myself and a little cardio.
“You need to to compete. You need to update yourself with all the young people, you know, if you want to compete and stay long on the competition, you need to do that, and I’m doing every morning.”
The Spaniard now has his sights set on a spot on the Ryder Cup team — the biennial matches against the U.S. will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland next September.
“It’s always a target,” he said. “It’s a long‑term target. There’s a lot of tournaments, and the qualification just start a couple months ago, and you have a long year to go still and everything you do, like I said before, you need to enjoy yourself, play the tournament as itself and let everything happens. Of course, I would love to be part again on The Ryder Cup.”
So would we. We love anything and everything with Miguel Angel Jimenez.