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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK
Jimenez powers to Welsh triumph
Miguel Angel Jimenez
GB unless stated
-14 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)
-10 M Erlandsson (Swe), Jose Manuel Lara (Spa)
-9 Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra)
-8 Joakim Haeggman (Swe), Ian Woosnam, Alessandro Tadini (Ita)
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez stormed to the Welsh Open title with a closing 62 at Celtic Manor on Sunday.

Jimenez, 41, reached 14 under on the Roman Road course to hold off Sweden's Martin Erlandsson (63) and Spain's Jose Manuel Lara (66) by four shots.

France's Jean-Francois Lucquin (67) was fourth on nine under with three players one shot further back.

Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam, Swede Joakim Haeggman, and Italy's Alessandro Tadini finished fifth at eight under.

Jimenez began the day tied second behind Tadini and began badly with a bogey on the second hole.

But the setback sparked a charge as he birdied five holes by the 14th, eagled the par-four 16th with a 40-foot putt and birdied the last to come home in 29.

"The key today was my putting," said Jimenez. "I hit it very well and made only one mistake and then the birdies came.

I'm going to go away now and chuck the clubs away for a few weeks - might chuck them away all together
"The putt on the 16th was about 40ft and I just tried to control the pace.

"The green had a little hump in the middle and I just tried to make a solid putt and the ball dropped in the hole. I was delighted to make an eagle.

"I'm looking forward to having a rest this week with my family and then fly out on Sunday to the US Open."

The two-time Ryder Cup star, already the Hong Kong Open winner this season, clinched four titles in 2004 to finish fourth on the Order of Merit and has won 13 European Tour events in all.

Wales' Woosnam, the 1991 Masters champion who has not won a strokeplay event since 1997, was also joint second after round three and chipped in at the first for a brief share of the lead.

But he struggled to build on his momentum before chipping in again at the last for a 68.

England's David Lynn (69) and Oliver Wilson, who had five straight birdies from the second before fading to a 67, were in a group of six under.

One shot further back were Singapore Masters champion Nick Dougherty and Anthony Wall of England and Scot Gary Orr.

Italian Open winner Steve Webster was four under with 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie at three under.


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