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Jimenez is Hong Kong king again

Hong Kong Open

By David Simpson

Miguel Angel Jimenez graciously accepted his second Hong Kong Open title in three years after claiming a thrilling final-hole victory over Robert Karlsson as a European Tour event produced a dramatic climax for the second successive week.

Ulster's Graeme McDowell finished in an excellent sixth place with a final round 68, his fourth sub-70 round of the week.

Following Phil Mickelson's play-off victory at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, Jimenez held his nerve after missing two putts on the 18th green to finish with a bogey which still gave him a one-stroke victory with a 15-under-par total.

Overnight leader Karlsson stumbled to a two-over-par 72 - undone by a double-bogey at the last - which allowed Jimenez to overtake him with a 67 and relegated the Swede to second place alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Korea's KJ Choi.

The Spaniard's first victory at Fanling in 2004 also featured a last-hole drama when South Africa's James Kingston, tied for the lead, hooked his tee shot into the trees and out of bounds.

"It's very nice to win a tournament again, I played well throughout the week and I am very pleased," said Jimenez, who claimed his 14th European Tour title and first since the Celtic Manor Wales Open in June 2005.

"The only down part is I feel for Robert, with the way it finished after he played so good all the week. He had a double at the last and it's not the best way to finish.

"It's always a special feeling when you win a tournament and it has been a long time.

"It proves to me the ball is still going the right way and it's still there. I don't know what I did better this week, I just hit it close and holed some more putts, that's what you have to do to win tournaments.

"But when you are around the leaders you have a chance to win and this time it happened.

"I said sorry to Robert on the last green for the way he played the last hole. He played so well all through the week, he was on the leaderboard all through the week to the last hole. He's a good player, a top class player, but you have only one winner."

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