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Jimenez Now Oldest Winner on European Tour

By November 18, 2012

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Who is the oldest winner ever on the European Tour? Before Sunday, the answer was Des Smyth. But as of the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open, the answer is now Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Jimenez is a little less than two months from turning 49; he's 48 years and 318 days old, to be specific. Smyth was more than nine months younger when he won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open, and that was the previous record.

Jimenez is the third golfer over age 48 to win a European Tour tournament:

Oldest Winners on European Tour
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez, 48 years and 318 days, 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open
  • Des Smyth, 48 and 34 days, 2001 Madeira Island Open
  • Neil Coles, 48 and 14 days, 1982 Sanyo Open
  • Eduardo Romero, 47 and 362 days, 2002 Barclays Scottish Open
  • Christy O'Connor Sr., 47 and 187 days, 1972 Carrolls International
  • Mark McNulty, 47 and 95 days, 2001 Mercedes-Benz South African Open
  • Mark O'Meara, 47 and 54 days, 2004 Dubai Desert Classic
Jimenez's win on Sunday was the third of his career at the Hong Kong Open, and his 19th overall on the Euro Tour. Twelve of those 19 victories happened after Jimenez turnd 40.

The oldest winner on the USPGA Tour is Sam Snead, who took the title at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open at age 52 years, 10 months, 8 days.

The oldest-ever LPGA winner is Beth Daniel, who was 46 years, 8 months, 29 days when she won the 2003 Canadian Women's Open.

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