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Jiménez into top 30 as Donald regains No. 2 spot
November 19, 2012

Miguel Angel Jiménez won the UBS Hong Kong Open by a shot from Fredrik Andersson Hed, with Marcus Fraser two further back in third. It was Jiménez' third victory in the event and his 19th on the European Tour, 12 of those wins coming since he turned 40. It also makes him the oldest player to win a European Tour event at 48 years, 10 months and 13 days, eclipsing the previous record of Des Smyth at the 2001 Madeira Islands Open by 284 days. He climbs 39 places to world no. 59, while Andersson Hed moves up 49 to 95th and Fraser is up 14 places to 58th.

Henrik Stenson won the South African Open by three shots from George Coetzee, ending a three year victory drought going back to the 2009 Players Championship and claiming his 7th European Tour title in 259 starts. He climbs 42 places to world no. 71, while Coetzee is up 2 places at 49th.

Luke Donald won the Dunlop Phoenix event in Japan by five shots from amateur Hideki Matsuyama, with Koumei Oda a shot further back in third. This second win of 2012, following the BMW PGA Championship in May, puts Donald back above Tiger Woods as world no. 2, while Matsuyama climbs into the top 200 at 133rd, up 77 places, and Oda is up 26 at 101st.

Adam Scott won the Talisker (Australian) Masters by four shots from Ian Poulter. Scott has now won at least one event on a major tour every year since 2001 and consolidates his position as world no. 5, while Poulter rises three places to 13th.

In just his second start as a professional World Amateur Champion Sebastian Vasquez picked up a maiden title at the PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s Puerto Rico Classic. Vasquez started the day two strokes clear, and although his advantage was halved on a couple of occasions during the final round he was able to stay in front, and when he made three birdies in a row from the eighth it proved enough to ensure victory. Having been equal 1378th in the world 5 months ago, and only tied for 1174th last week, the young Mexican is now up inside the top 700 at equal 696th.

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