At 48 years old Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner ever on the European Tour. He fired a final round 65 in the UBS Hong Kong Open to collect the first place check of €260,638.
Jimenez had shared the 54 hole lead with 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell. Campbell could only manage a 72 in the final round and finished T-8. It was his best finish for some time.
This was the 19th career European Tour win for Jimenez. The Spaniard is most known for his pony tail, obsession with fast cars, enjoyment of fine wines, and an ever present stogie.
Jimenez has won nearly €20 million on the European Tour in his career and is ranked No. 7 on that tour’s all-time money list.
He has been dubbed the “Most Interesting Man in Golf” as a take off from the popular Dos XX beer commercials on television.
His warm up routine has been a sensation on youtube.
Jimenez turned professional in 1982 and has had eight Top-10’s in major championships. He has never won a PGA Tour event and plays primarily on the European Tour.
He has been on four Ryder Cup and seven Seve Trophy teams. He has never enjoyed the fame of his fellow countrymen Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal or Sergio Garcia but he has been a world class player for a long time.
Fredrik Andersson Hed fired a final round 64 and finished second. American Matt Kuchar put together four solid rounds of 69-69-66-67 and finished in the seventh spot.