Miguel Angel Jimenez (pictured) was probably looking towards the Seniors Tour for his next Tour win. However, in winning the Hong Kong Open he has increased his tally of European Tour victories to 19.
Henrik Stenson rose to a career of high of number four in the world rankings but loss of form and injury has seen him fall out of the 100. The process of regaining that exalted status began with him winning the South African Open on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy missed the cut in Hong Kong but that will not have a material effect on any significant issues. He entered the tournament in the belief that the Race to Dubai would not be settled. However, that title was secured last week and added to the money list that he won on the US Tour.
McIlroy has now emulated Luke Donald who became the first person to win both money lists in the same year in 2011. However, McIlroy has won most cash in the Europe and the States despite playing fewer tournaments than his nearest rivals.
Jimenez is the oldest winner on the European Tour since he himself won the European Masters two years ago. He also extends his own European Tour record for most wins by a player over 40 to 12.
The Spanish veteran required a final round five under par 65 to win the event by a shot. Fredrik Andersson Hed finished a shot behind despite a round of 64 on Sunday. Italian prodigy Matteo Manassero finished joint fourth and makes another move up the world rankings.
Stenson won the Player’s Championship in 2009 and also has a World Golf Championship event to his name. The last of his previous wins in Europe was five years ago but he maintained his form and discipline to win in South Africa
George Coetzee had drawn level during the final round but three birdies on the back nine secured the win for Stenson which qualified him for next week’s World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Stenson and Jimenez would not be everybody’s picks to win this week but they have both shown enduring form and the ability to again close out a tournament when in contention.