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Miguel Angel Jimenez pleased with "amazing" win

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Miguel Angel Jimenez has described his Open de Espana victory at PGA Catalunya as "amazing."

The 50-year old triumphed in a three-man play-off involving Thomas Pieters and Richard Green as he finally captured his national Open title in dramatic fashion.

The Spaniard was already the oldest winner in European Tour history and has now become the first player to win a European Tour title aged 50 or above. 

Jimenez has previously played the Spanish Open 26 times without success but describes the win on his 27th attempt as "amazing."

"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," Jimenez told Sky Sports after his victory.

"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."

"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! 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."

Jimenez is in fine form at the moment after finishing fourth in the Masters at Austusta. He went on to win on his Champions Tour debut. He is staking his claim for a return to the Ryder Cup team as he appears to defy his advancing age.

He admits that he'd relish the opportunity to play in the event in September.

"I would love to be in there as an old player in the Ryder Cup, I'm 50 and still knocking on the door!"

And when asked about his secret regarding this fine form Jimenez stated it was the finer things in life keeping him going. "It's no secret, just good food, good wine, good cigars and a bit of exercise - simple."

The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya had proved tough to card good scores all week with the three players involved in the play-off finishing the tournament on only four-under.

Belgium's Pieters had held a two-shot lead going into Sunday but endured a nightmare start to his final round after bogeying three of his first four holes. He ended up carding a three-over par throwing away his overnight lead.

The 22-year old was frustrated at throwing away his lead but congratulated the eventual winner.

"Obviously I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't pull off the win but congrats to Miguel," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm proud of the way I played this week, it was a tough week emotionally for my caddie with his best friend passing last week (Iain McGregor died during the Madeira Islands Open), so it was nice for both of us to get some more confidence going into some other tournaments.

"I made some mistakes but I have to learn from them."

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