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.
Simon Dyson was fined $49,000 and handed a two-month ban and suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of a serious breach of the European Tour’s code of behavior as a result of an incident at the BMW Masters in Shanghai in October.
Dyson met with a three-man disciplinary panel that convened at the Tour’s headquarters in Wentworth on Thursday to determine his fate due to a rules violation, where he tapped down a spike mark with his ball that was directly in the line of his short par putt. He was disqualified from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard because he failed to add a two-shot penalty for his infraction.
Asia will provide Europe with a warm-up match play event before the Europeans face the Americans later in the year for the historical biennial matches at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next October. This new exhibition, the EurAsia Cup, will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28-30, 2014, according to the EuropeanTour.com.
Henrik Stenson stuck his second shot on the par-5 18th to a foot for a straightforward kick-in eagle to shoot a 64 on Sunday, and also cap off a six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the European Tour’s equivalent of the FedExCup.
With his eighth European Tour title, the Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season. In other words, Stenson is filthy rich and essentially a walking ATM machine.
A year ago, Rory McIlroy sat atop the golfing world, fresh off his second major title at the PGA Championship. It’s been a different story in 2013 as the former world no. 1 has dropped to no. 6 in the official world rankings.
His year will be remembered not as much for his somewhat forgettable season and more for incidents like his “toothache” at the Honda Classic and his off-course dramas — whether it was with his ex(?)-girlfriend tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and parting ways with his management company that has resulted in a nightmarish legal battle.
McIlroy, who is set to defend his title at the Race to Dubai this week, finally spoke publicly about how these distractions have impacted his performance on the golf course, according to the Guardian’s Ewan Murray:
Tiger Woods is competing in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour this week. He’s been paid a lot of money to show up and play some golf, so he had some sponsor responsibilities, like a photo shoot on the Bosphorous bridge, where he hit balls from Europe into Asia.
Believe it or not, he was quite nervous for the publicity stunt, which is understandable given the narrow fairway and the conditions. It was also his first time hitting balls on a bridge — he’s done the whole airport runway thing before, though. He had just flown 12 hours, hopped off his plane and then had to “hit driver down the narrowest fairway” he’s ever seen.
Tiger Woods is playing in this week’s Turkish Airways Open, a European Tour “Finals” event, for a reported ~$2.4 million (1.5GBP). Part of the deal is getting involved in photographed stunts and sponsored outings, like hitting a ball from the famed Bosporous Bridge, which connects the west to the east.