Jimenez channels Seve at St Andrews while Dustin's back to his best
On a packed weekend of golf all around the world – the main headline came from the home of the sport – St Andrews – and The Senior Open.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won major number two on the senior tour this year with his one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer.
Meanwhile, world number 1 Dustin Johnson got over his Carnoustie disappointment with victory at the Canadian Open.
And Richard McEvoy ended 17 years of waiting to pick up a maiden European Tour victory in Germany.
The Spaniard, 54, came into Sunday’s final round at St Andrews as the overnight leader and his final round 69 proved enough to hold off the field.
While Langer ended up second after a round of 68 – and four birdies in the first six holes – Colin Montgomerie was back in a tie for 14th.
But it was another legend – Seve Ballesteros who was Champion Golfer of the Year at the Old Course in 1984 – that was the name on Jimenez’s lips after his historic achievement.
“My heart was really pumping very fast. But it is such a great thing for me to win here at St. Andrews, the Home of Golf,” he said.
“This is the place where everyone wants to win and the place where Seve won his second Open. It has always been my ambition to win here. It feels like I am part of history.”
JOHNSON DUSTS HIMSELF DOWN
After missing the cut a week ago at The Open at Carnoustie, world no.1 Johnson needed to bounce back at the Canadian Open.
And he duly provided it, sealing the 19th PGA Tour title of his career with a final round 66 at Glen Abbey Golf Club to hold off Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An.
With the win, Johnson becomes the first player since Tiger Woods back in 2009 to complete three or more wins in a season for three years in a row.
"It takes a lot of work," Johnson said. "A lot of support, I got a great family and get a lot of support from them. They're a great team to help me get to where I'm at."
RICHARD’S WAIT IS OVER
After making his European Tour debut 17 years ago, 39-year-old Richard McEvoy must have feared his chance would never come.
But on Sunday at the Porsche European Open McEvoy held his nerve with a birdie at the 18th to seal victory.
As the American challenge of Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed faltered in Hamburg, McEvoy carded a one-over round of 73 – good enough for a one-shot win.
The world No 275, who was playing in his 285th European Tour event, also became the first player to win on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour in successive weeks as he followed up his win in the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week.
"It was a roller coaster ride, but I fought hard," he said. "I've tried to enjoy my golf that little bit more and it's come up trumps," he added.
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