MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ potted his record breaking 10th European Tour hole in one at the BMW PGA Championship on the weekend but it wasn’t enough to take the title from rookie Korean Byeong-Hun An.
Jimenez holed his third ace of the season – and second in a fortnight – to move past the record he jointly held with Colin Montgomerie.
But 23 year old An was in a record breaking mood of his own, carding a final round 7-under 65 at the Wentworth Club to finish 21 under par and beat the previous tournament record by two shots.
He finished six ahead of Jiménez (67) and fellow veteran Thongchai Jaidee (69) of Thailand.
England’s Chris Wood was two shots further back in fourth after a closing 66 which included winning a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one on the 14th, a tournament-record fifth ace of the week. (Jimenez didn’t win a car but will probably know what to do with the ten crates of Moët & Chandon champagne he was given as a consolation prize)
An is only the second player to win The European Tour’s flagship event on their rookie season and claimed the first prize of €833,330.
The 23 year old – who became the youngest winner of the US Amateur Championship in 2009 at the age of 17 – moves from 132nd in the Official World Golf Ranking to inside the top 60 as a result, securing his place in the US Open and Open Championship.
“It’s like a fifth Major to me. It’s the biggest title I have won and gets me into a lot of events. This is life-changing,” An said afterwards. “I’m still really excited and over the moon right now.”
Australia’s best was Richard Green (72) who finished on 5-under tied for 22nd with Marcus Fraser happy with his final round 68 to be on shot back at T27.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed up his commanding performance at the Wells Fargo Championship on the US PGA Tour the previous week by missing the cut.
The world No.1 can be expected to bounce back this week when the European Tour moves on to Northern Ireland for the Irish Open at Royal County Down Golf Club.
Miquel Angel Jimenez Hole in One at Wentworth Club: Video
(Worth watching so you can learn to copy the little Jimenez “shimmy” celebration dance)