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Jimenez claims Hong Kong title

Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history at the Hong Kong Open.

The Spaniard produced a closing round of 65 for a 15-under-par total and one-shot victory margin over Fredrik Andersson Hed.

At 48 years and 318 days, Jimenez is 284 days older than Des Smyth was when he triumphed at the Madeira Islands Open in 2001.

Jimenez, tied for the lead with Michael Campbell overnight, moved clear with a front-nine of 30.

He had birdies at the third and then four straight from the seventh to take control of the tournament.

And Jimenez held his nerve down the stretch, closing out the 19th European Tour victory of his career with eight straight pars. He also completed a hat-trick of titles in Hong Kong, having also won this event in 2005 and 2008.

Andersson Hed produced a six-under 64 and was within one of the lead after a run of three straight birdies from the 11th.

But he also parred his way in from there to end up one shy.

Australia's Marcus Fraser finished alone in third at 12-under-par after a 64, while Scot Stephen Gallacher (65), Ireland's Peter Lawrie (66) and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero (68).

New Zealander Campbell, bidding for his first win since 2005, fell away on the final day with a two-over 72 to finish in a tie for eighth at eight under.