Jiménez edges Langer to win the Senior Open at St Andrews

Jiménez with the Claret Jug on Sunday.
Jiménez with the Claret Jug on Sunday. / SUR
  • At 54 years of age, the Malaga golfer won his second major on the 'veterans' tour, by beating the German by one shot

Churriana golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez became the first Spaniard to win the Senior Open, edging defending champion Bernhard Langer by one shot on the legendary Old Course at St Andrews on Sunday.

Jiménez dropped only one stroke en route to a final round 3-under 69, ending on 12-under 276 to claim the historic Claret Jug, one of the majors on the 'veterans' tour, the PGA Tour Champions.

This is the latest in a long list of honours for the 54-year-old after winning three Ryder Cups (one as vice captain); a total of 21 victories on the European Tour; a second-place finish in the 2000 US Open; third in the British in 2001; and fourth in the Augusta Masters in 2014.

With this win, though, Jiménez has gained entry to the British Open in Northern Ireland next year (on the PGA Tour, not the 'veterans' tour) and has become officially the best player over 50 at this present moment.

"This is where Seve [Ballesteros] won his second Open. Winning at St Andrews is a dream for any golfer. I can't ask for any more," he said.