May 18, 2014 / 5:03 PM / 5 years ago

Jimenez becomes first 50-year-old European Tour winner

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) - Miguel Angel Jimenez became the first player over the age of 50 to win a European Tour event after beating Thomas Pieters and Richard Green in a three-way playoff at the Spanish Open in Girona on Sunday.

The Spaniard, who claimed his 21st victory on the European Tour, shot a two-over-par 73 in the final round for a total of 284, forcing a playoff against the 22-year-old Pieters (75) and Australian Green (72).

The 50-year-old Jimenez held his nerve as the trio went back down the 18th hole and with Pieters and Green spraying their tee shots, world number 34 Jimenez tapped in for par to seal his first Spanish Open victory in 27 attempts.

“I’ve played so many times in the Spanish Open, it’s great to finally win it, it’s amazing to win the national Open of my country,” home favorite Jimenez told Sky Sports.

“Every title is special, and you don’t like to say one is better than the other but to win the Spanish Open is very, very important to me.”

Reporting by Michael Hann, editing by Ed Osmond

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