HONG KONG Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner on Sunday by shooting a 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title.
At 48 years and 318 days, the Spaniard surpassed the previous record set by Ireland’s Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.
“Winning now, and becoming the oldest winner on the tour at 48, my goodness. Twenty-four years I’ve been on the tour, I’ve been around a long time,” Jimenez said. “But I still love it and that is fantastic, to love what you’re doing, and enjoy yourself, keep fit, keep working myself a little bit and stretching a lot. And that’s the main thing to do to keep the body to compete with the new guns.”
Jimenez earned his 19th tour victory by making four straight birdies from the seventh hole in his third straight bogey-free round to finish with a 15-under total of 265 on the suburban Fanling course. He was one shot ahead of Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden, who closed with a bogey-free 64.
Pebble Beach Invitational
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. Tommy Gainey birdied No. 18 for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory in the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday.
Kirk Triplett and William McGirt tied for second in the tournament that featured players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours. Triplett, who was tied for the lead following the second round, closed with a 68 and McGirt shot a 69 in the final round.
Gainey, who trailed leader Robert Streb by two shots at the beginning of the day, finished at 11 under 277.
McGirt and Triplett, playing one group ahead of Gainey, both missed birdie attempts on 18.
Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, playing in a foursome that included Juli Inkster, shot a 69 and finished at 1 over.
Gainey earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse.
South African Open
JOHANNESBURG Henrik Stenson shot a 71 Sunday for a 17-under total of 271 to win the European Tour’s South African Open on Sunday and end a three-year wait for a tournament title.
The Swede held on to his three-shot overnight lead for his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship.
George Coetzee was second at 14 under after his challenge attempt never really got going in the final round. Having put himself in contention with a course-record 63 on Saturday, the South African eagled the par-5 3rd on Sunday. But he could only manage two more birdies and had three bogeys for a 71.
MELBOURNE, Australia Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters for his first victory of the year.
Scott had five birdies on the front nine and another on No. 18. He trailed Ian Poulter by one after three rounds.
Poulter bogeyed two par-5s in three holes on the back nine in the final round and missed a short par putt on 17. He shot a 72 and finished second, four strokes behind Scott.