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.
As always, the Malaga-based Jimenez celebrated his success with a glass of Rioja and a cigar — and credited those habits with helping his longevity.
"There is maybe olive oil in my joints, and drinking the nice Rioja wine and those things keeps me fit and flexible," he said. "Well, the most important thing (is), I do what I like to do in my life, and golf has given me all of this pleasure."
Pebble Beach Invitational
At Pebble Beach, Calif., Tommy Gainey made a three-foot birdie on the 18th hole, shooting a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday over Kirk Triplett and William McGirt at the Pebble Beach Invitational.
Gainey, known for wearing two black gloves while playing, finished at 11-under 277 after beginning the final round two shots behind overnight leader Robert Streb.
"I was looking at the scoreboard and I knew I needed the putt to win," said Gainey, who last month claimed his first PGA Tour win at the McCladrey Classic with a final-round 60. "I was glad it went in."
Triplett, the second-round co-leader, finished with a 68. McGirt, three shots off the lead after the third round, shot 69 in the finale of a tournament that features players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours.
McGirt and Triplett, playing one group ahead of Gainey, both missed birdie attempts on the 18th to move to 11 under.
"I figured if I got to 10 under, I'd have a chance to win," said Triplett, who in July claimed his first Champions Tour victory at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Gainey, who earlier this season placed third at Crowne Plaza Invitational, hit his second shot on the par-5 18th into the left bunker. But he smoothly placed his third shot in position for the winning birdie.
"I am pretty good bunker player," said Gainey, who earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse. "You can't ask for more than winning at Pebble Beach."
Billy Horschel, who finished with a 72, was alone at 9 under.
Tommy Armour III, who won the tournament in 2007 and 2008, finished at 8 under after a 70.
At Naples, Fla., if nothing else, Na Yeon Choi proved to be a big-money player this year on the LPGA Tour.
Choi captured her first major this summer at the U.S. Women's Open, the biggest purse of the year. She turned a great season into her best one yet by winning the Titleholders and a $500,000 check, the second-biggest prize on tour.
For someone who has an appointment today in Orlando to buy a new house, the timing couldn't have been better.
"I think I can buy bigger than I thought," Choi said.
She earned it at The TwinEagles Club in the final LPGA Tour event of the year by following good advice from her caddie on how to play the short par-4 16th, and delivering an exquisite shot with a 52-degree wedge to a deep, three-tiered green for a birdie that sent Choi on her way.
She closed with two pars for a 2-under 70 and a two-shot victory over So Yeon Ryu.
South African Open
At Johannesburg, Henrik Stenson held on to his three-shot overnight lead to win the European Tour's South African Open on Sunday and end a three-year wait for a tournament title.
The Swede finished with a 1-under 71 for a 17-under total of 271 and his first victory since the 2009 Players Championship. It was also Stenson's first win on the European Tour in five years.
"2011 was a tough year with not much good going on on the course for me," Stenson said. "I felt I was getting closer and closer and obviously I'm delighted to get a win before the end of the year."
George Coetzee was second at 14 under after the South African's challenge never really got going in the final round.