40-somethings Bjorn, Jimenez capture European Tour victories

Final Round –European Tour and Sunshine Tour – Nedbank Golf Challenge – Gary Player Country Club – Sun City, South Africa –

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn cashed in his 15th career European Tour victory winning the Nedbank Challenge against a solid 30-player field.

Bjorn, 42, carded a final round 65 at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa to edge Jamie Donaldson by two shots and finish 20-under overall. Sergio Garcia finished T-2 with Donaldson while FedEx Cup and Race To Dubai champion Henrik Stenson was solo fourth place at 16-under.

Bjorn moved to the top of the Race To Dubai Standings for 2014 with the victory. He won the Omega European Masters earlier this year in September as part of the 2013 European Tour season.

A 25-to-1 betting selection prior to the tournament’s first tee show, Bjorn finished 10th in the Race To Dubai in 2013. He was 34th in the Official World Golf Rankings heading into this week and should crack the Top 30 when the new rankings are released Monday.

Other Golf News:

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez captured the Hong Kong Open on the first playoff hole with a birdie. He broke his own record becoming the oldest champion in European Tour history at age 49. It was the 20th career victory for the 21-year professional.
  • Tiger Woods (11-under) leads Zach Johnson by two shots at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge near Los Angeles. The duo are paired together Sunday in the final round. Woods shot 72 Saturday under difficult conditions following his second-round 62, when he blistered Sherwood Country Club in pursuit of his sixth victory of 2013.
  • Jimenez managed to get up-and-down at the 72nd hold to force his way into a three-man playoff at the Hong Kong Open. The win was his fourth in the tournament’s history.
  • The European Tour hosts the Nelson Mandela Championship next week in Durban, South Africa. An emotional week and one celebrating the tournament name sake – Nelson Mandela – to passed away earlier this week.