MIGUEL Angel Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open for the fourth time on Sunday with victory in a three-way playoff.
Jimenez, 49, defended the title he won last year and became the oldest player to win on the European Tour after sinking an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Stuart Manley of Wales.
"It just gets better and better. I love Hong Kong and this course," said Jimenez, who extended his record as the oldest player to win on the European Tour to 49 years and 337 days.
It was also his 20th career win on the European Tour, bringing the Spaniard to within one of Scotland's Sam Torrance.
After the final round, all three players finished on 12-under 268 at the co-sanctioned European Tour and Asian Tour event.
Australia's Wade Ormsby, just one shot off the lead going into the last round, carded a 72 to finish five shots off the lead in equal eighth.
Meesawat produced a nerveless display of top-class putting to card a final-round five-under 65 that included two eagles on the 3rd and 13th holes, which pushed him into the lead for most of the last day.
The Thai player was playing ahead of Jimenez and overnight leader Manley, and took the clubhouse lead to watch nervously as first Jimenez and then Manley caught up with him.
Jimenez knocked in a birdie on the 17th and then Manley needed a last-gasp chip from the edge of the green to hole a birdie on the 18th to force the three-way playoff.
Jimenez's experience held him in good stead in the playoff as the Spaniard held his nerve to drive his approach shot at the tricky par-4 410-yard 18th on to the green.
Manley had sliced his shot on to a corporate box roof while Meesawat's approach fell just short of the green.
Both missed their birdie putts but Jimenez made no mistake as he coolly knocked in the winning shot that earned him the victory.
Jimenez's fourth Hong Kong Open title matched the record held by Taiwan's Hsieh Yong Yo, who won the tournament in 1963, '64, '75 and '78.
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