Published November 18, 2012
| Sports Network
Fanling, Hong Kong – Miguel Angel Jimenez posted a 5-under 65 in the final round Sunday and won the Hong Kong Open by a single stroke over Fredrik Andersson Hed.
Jimenez, 48, finished at 15-under-par 265. This was his 19th victory on the European Tour, and third at this tournament. With the win, he became the oldest winner in tour history.
"It's very nice. I hope it's not the last one," joked Jimenez. "I really love this place. I love the golf course, it's a great golf course where you have to control the ball very well, it's not a matter of distance."
Andersson Hed fired a 6-under 64 to end alone in second place at minus-14 at Hong Kong Golf Club.
Marcus Fraser also shot 64 on Sunday to grab third at 12-under-par 268.
Matteo Manassero, who was going for his second win in as many weeks, posted a 2-under 68 in the final round. He ended alongside Peter Lawrie (66) and Stephen Gallacher (65) in fourth at 11-under-par 269.
Michael Campbell, who had at least a piece of the lead after rounds two and three, struggled to a 2-over 72 in the final round. He fell into a tie for eighth at 8-under-par 272.
Campbell collected his second straight top-10 finish. The last time he did that was at the end of the 2008 season.
The 2005 U.S. Open birdied the first to grab the lead at 11-under. Campbell stumbled to a bogey at the third to drop out of the lead. He never recovered as he carded two birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey the rest of the way.
Jimenez birdied the third to move to 11-under. He shared the lead with Andersson Hed and Manassero. Jimenez parred three in a row from the fourth before pulling away.
The Spaniard rolled in a 5-footer for birdie at seven. He followed with a 7- foot birdie effort at eight and made it three in row with a short birdie putt on the ninth.
Jimenez birdied the 10th from 12 feet out to move to 14-under and close out his run of four consecutive birdies. Despite four straight birdies, he was just two clear of Manassero, who birdied the 10th and 11th in the group ahead of Jimenez.
The 48-year-old cruised to eight consecutive pars to close out the round and the win. His only two bogeys all week came at his 17th and 18th holes in the opening round.
Manassero had four birdies through 11 holes to get to 13-under. However, he dropped shots at 13 and 18 to slide four back.
Andersson Hed had two scoring spurts in the final round. He converted three straight birdie chances from the second to briefly grab the lead at 11-under.
After six pars in a row, Andersson Hed birdied the 11th. He followed with birdies at 12 and 13 to get to 14-under. He parred the last five holes to end one back.
NOTES: Jimenez, who won for the sixth time on Asian soil, earned 260,638 euros for the win ... He won for the 12th time since turning 40, which extends his own tour record ... The European Tour heads to Dubai next week for the DP World Tour Championship, where Alvaro Quiros won last year, but will not defend his title.