Miguel Angel Jiménez of Spain won the European PGA Tour's UBS Hong Kong Open Sunday, shooting a final round 67 to finish 15-under-par for the tournament.
It is the second time Jiménez has won the event, and it's his 14th Tour title overall.
"It is very nice to win a tournament again, it is great," Jiménez told reporters at Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling. "I played very well through the week and I am very pleased.
"I like everything about this pace. I like the golf course, it is an old fashioned course which provides a great test and I also like the heat, like Malaga. I am like a fish in water when it's hot, it is where I am meant to be. I also like the people here, I feel very comfortable."
For the second week in a row on the European Tour, there was high drama coming down the home stretch Sunday.
Sweden's Robert Karlsson looked to be in position to win for most of the day. A few bogeys midway through his round caused him to stumble, but he still had a chance to force a playoff with Jiménez.
Jiménez and Karlsson were tied at 16-under when they arrived at the 18th.
Jiménez found the back of the green in two, and looked to be in command when Karlsson's approach missed the green. Then the Swede chunked his third shot before playing a little flop to get on the green in four.
But Jiménez left his birdie putt fall six feet short, and missed his par putt. Karlsson was faced with having to make his five-foot bogey putt to force a playoff (Jiménez had a foot for bogey); he missed it.
Karlsson finished tied for second with K.J. Choi and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who carded six birdies in his last seven holes to charge toward to top of the leaderboard.
Karlsson knew he let one slip away.
"At the 18th, my approach shot, I was right in between clubs and I wanted to hit it really close," he said. "It was close but I just missed the shot a little bit and I got a really bad like down in the rough in front of the green.
"I did what I could and I don't know what I could have done differently. A couple of decisions at the end of the day cost me a couple of shots but when you are out there it is difficult and at the end of the day, Miguel beat me fair and square."
November 19, 2007
With stellar play on the back nine at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington shot a 69 in the final round to earn a four-shot victory and become Europe's first back-to-back British Open champion in more than a century. He earned nearly $1.5 million and climbed to No. 3 in the world rankings. "I'm really thrilled with the way I felt today on the golf course," Harrington said. "I hit the ball as pure as I could and just felt really good."
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