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Vintage Jimenez

Steven LynchJune 2, 2014
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Miguel Angel Jimenez just won the Spanish Open at the age of 50. Is he the oldest winner on the European Tour? asked George Robinson

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who was born in January 1964, was already the oldest winner in the history of the European Tour.

He was 48 when he won the Hong Kong Open in 2012 - nine months older than Ireland's Des Smyth when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.

Jimenez retained the Hong Kong title in December 2013 - officially part of the 2014 Tour.

Jimenez's first victory in his native Spanish Open, after a play-off at Catalunya in May, came in his 27th attempt at the tournament.

Afterwards he said: "There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!"

The Mechanic is hoping to qualify to become the oldest European Ryder Cup player later in the year, a record currently held by Ted Ray, who was 50 in 1927.

But Jimenez will have to play in the next one too to break the overall record - Ray Floyd was 51 when he played for the United States in 1993.

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