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Jimenez holds nerve to defend Hong Kong Open

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Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner on the European Tour when he won the title last year © Getty Images
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Miguel Angel Jimenez has retained his Hong Kong Open crown after winning a three-man play-off to break his own record in becoming the oldest winner on the European Tour.

The Spaniard is set to turn 50 next month, and 12 months ago became the oldest winner on the Tour when he won the title here.

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And in 2013 Jimenez trumped his own record after keeping his cool in a play-off with Stuart Manley and Prom Meesawat after all three players ended the final round on 12-under for the event.

It is the fourth time that Jimenez has ruled in Hong Kong, with his first triumph coming in 2004, and he makes it 20 wins on the European Tour, with 13 of those arriving since he turned 40.

With nothing to separate the three players, the 18th hole decided the outcome of the tournament. Manley struggled as his approach went behind the hospitality area, but he still rounded off the hole in four holes, as did Meesawat.

But it was Jimenez who was to steal the show as the defending champion rolled in a superb birdie putt from 18 feet from right to left down the slope to clinch the win.

"I love this place, I love this golf course, I love the tournament," Jimenez said. "I've been playing very well here this week and now I've tied the record with four victories here."

Hong Kong Open final leaderboard

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