Miguel Angel Jimenez wins first Senior Open staged at St Andrews after fending off Bernhard Langer

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Miguel Angel Jimenez sealed a one-shot victory after a late assault from Bernhard Langer


Miguel Angel Jimenez wins first Senior Open staged at St Andrews after fending off German Bernhard Langer

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez fought off a late attack of jitters and Bernhard Langer
  • Jimenez held a four-shot lead when he stood over a short birdie putt at the 14th
  • The Spaniard ended up sealing a one-shot victory with a par at the 18th 

Derek Lawrenson for the Daily Mail

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez fought off a late attack of the jitters as well as a predictably stout challenge from defending champion Bernhard Langer to claim the first Senior Open to be staged at St Andrews.

The 54-year-old from Malaga appeared to be cruising towards an evening of copious amounts of red wine and Cuban cigars when he stood over a short birdie putt at the par five 14th for a four-shot lead.

But, after missing that tiddler, he then three-putted the 15th. With Langer birdieing the 16th, the heat was on when Jimenez stood over a 12ft par putt at the 17th to maintain his lead. 

Miguel Angel Jimenez sealed a one-shot victory after a late assault from Bernhard Langer

Miguel Angel Jimenez sealed a one-shot victory after a late assault from Bernhard Langer

After claiming victory at St Andrews, Jimenez said 'everyone wants to win at the Home of Golf'

After claiming victory at St Andrews, Jimenez said 'everyone wants to win at the Home of Golf'

After claiming victory at St Andrews, Jimenez said ‘everyone wants to win at the Home of Golf’

Jimenez did not flinch, rolling it home before sealing his one-shot win with a par at the 18th. 

‘What can you say, everyone wants to win at the Home of Golf,’ said Jimenez, who closed with a 69 for his narrow victory over Langer (68). 

‘Seve won his second Open here in 1984 and it’s amazing to achieve a piece of history myself at St Andrews.’ 

At the Scottish Ladies Open at Gullane, Thai Ariya Jutanugarn followed her win in the US Open last month with a one-shot triumph to return to the world No 1 spot.

Langer ensured he left St Andrews having put up a fight as defending Senior Open champion

Langer ensured he left St Andrews having put up a fight as defending Senior Open champion

Langer ensured he left St Andrews having put up a fight as defending Senior Open champion

Jimenez had a four-shot lead on the 14th green but only ended up winning by one stroke

Jimenez had a four-shot lead on the 14th green but only ended up winning by one stroke

Jimenez had a four-shot lead on the 14th green but only ended up winning by one stroke

 

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