London: Golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has become the oldest European Tour winner on by shooting a 5-under 65 to win his third Hong Kong Open title.
The Spanish ace enjoyed his trademark celebration after winning the title just five weeks away from his 49th birthday.
According to the Sun, at 48 years and 318 days, Jimenez is more than nine months older than the Tour’s previous record holder, Irishman Des Smyth.
“Maybe I am able to keep playing so long because of all the olive oil in my joints and the nice Rioja wine, those things keep you fit and flexible,” the report quoted Jimenez, as saying.
“The most important thing is that I do what I like to do in my life and golf has given me all of this pleasure,” he said.
“I still love it and I think that is fantastic, to love what you’re doing, and enjoy yourself,” he added.
Jimenez, a Ryder Cup star and vice- captain in 1997 and at Medinah in September, fired a brilliant final-round five-under-par 65 to finish on 15 under, a shot clear of Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed who carded a 64.
According to the report, Jimenez bagged 165,000 pounds for the win and is now past the 20 million pounds mark in career earnings.
We're building him (RvP) up now because of the World Cup. It’s a pity but we have to or he’ll never be fit.
Louis van Gaal