MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ broke his own record to become the oldest winner on the European Tour yesterday when clinching the Open de Espana.
The 50-year-old Spaniard let a two-shot lead slip and was forced to compete in a playoff with Richard Green and Thomas Pieters but he put all his experience to good use, when making par at the first extra playoff hole.
Jimenez, who proved a popular champion among his adored home crowd, has been a late bloomer, winning 14 of his 21 career European Tour titles after the age of 40.
"There's no words to describe what it means to me, you need to be into my skin but I'm not going to let you!" Jiménez said.
"It's amazing. It's my 21st victory on The European Tour and 27 times I played the Spanish Open. I have been close a couple of times. Today it was very tough out there but I got it in the end.
"All the victories are special, all are unique, some of them give you more money, some less, but all of them are important. You play to win and when you make it you have to appreciate it.
"I don't know if I felt nerves, but you do feel tension, you feel the pressure. For instance on hole 17, when I saw the approach roll down the slope, those things cut my mind and take away the freedom from my hands. I don't know if that counts as nerves, but as tension, yes."
Asked about the secret of his longevity, Jiménez added: "There is no secret. Good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise!"