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Last Updated: Sunday, 5 June, 2005, 21:49 GMT 22:49 UK
European stats review
Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel Angel Jimenez mastered the tight Roman Road course with some of the most accurate hitting of the season to clinch the Wales Open with a 14-under-par 262 return.

It gave Jimenez his 13th European Tour victory - his 11th since 1998 - and his seventh in his last 39 events on the circuit.

Jimenez's second victory of the season (he won the Hong Kong Open in December) takes him to seventh in the Order of Merit with earnings of 773,000 euros.

As usual, Jimenez's pinpoint accuracy from tee to green set up his four-shot victory.

Over the four days, he missed just 11 greens in regulation out of the 72, an 84.9% success rate which was over 5% higher than the next most accurate player in the field, Australian Terry Price.

That return included a perfect return of all 18 greens hit during his scorching opening round 63 on Thursday, just one outside the course record which he later equalled.

The man from Malaga's driving accuracy was pretty impressive too as he found 37 out of 52 fairways during the week, a return of 71.2% for 17th best in the tournament.

Afterwards, though, Jimenez said his markedly improved putting during his final round, which helped him roll in six birdies and an eagle at the long 16th, had made the difference between winning and losing.

The official Reuters Stats confirm that. He took just 27 putts on Sunday to take his average for the week to 30.2 after struggling - relatively - the day before with 33 putts when he three-putted three times.

Jimenez's fortunes have gone into overdrive since 1998 after picking up just two European Tour titles in the first half of his career in 1992 and 1994.

His stroke average, the key indicator for every pro, is at is its lowest ever at 70.1 and he has never hit the ball off the tee further, averaging 283.6 yards so far in 2005.

Coupled with a solid rate of greens hit in regulation of just over the 70% mark and a putting average bang on 30 putts per round, Jimenez is cashing in handsomely in the supposed twilight of his career.

Information: Reuters Stats


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