December 7 2012
Miguel Angel Jiménez, Torremolinos, has been named The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for November in recognition of his record-breaking victory in the UBS Hong Kong Open.
The Spaniard made it a Hong Kong hat-trick with his one stroke win over Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, adding to the titles he won at Fanling in 2005 and 2008, and in doing so became the oldest winner in European Tour history at 48 years and 318 days, beating the previous record held by Irishman Des Smyth who was 48 years and 34 days when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open.
Jiménez, who receives an engraved alms dish and a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne in acknowledgement of his achievement, produced a superb final round of 65 to seal the victory, his 19th on The European Tour on his 597th appearance.
The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month Panel, which comprises members of the Association of Golf Writers as well as commentators from television and radio, faced arguably their toughest decision in the history of the award.