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Miguel Angel Jimenez Wins 2018 Senior British Open

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2018

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 29:  Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain enjoys a cigar before the Final Round on Day Four of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at The Old Course on July 29, 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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Miguel Angel Jimenez was crowned champion at the 2018 Senior British Open on Sunday, as the Spaniard defeated titleholder Bernhard Langer by one shot.

The charismatic star sunk a vital putt on No. 17, and the moment proved vital as Jimenez won the championship on 12 under at the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

According to Golf News NetJimenez picked up a winner's cheque of $314,330 (£239,913).

Visit the European Tour website to see the final leaderboard.

The Staysure Tour shared the winning moment:

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Jimenez had flirted with disaster on Saturday, forced to rescue bogey putts with a selection of birdies, but the new champion was sure and steady during Round 4.

A bogey on No. 14 was his only indiscretion, as four excellent birdies protected his overall standing.

The Spaniard carded a three-under round of 69, allowing him the narrowest of victories over Langer.

The German posted an excellent four-under on the final day of play, but a bogey on No. 13 ruined his chances of retaining the championship.

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 29:  Bernhard Langer of Germany in action during the final round of the Senior Open presented by Rolex played at The Old Course on July 29, 2018 in St. Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
Phil Inglis/Getty Images

Scott McCarron, Stephen Ames and Kirk Triplett all posted valiant efforts on the final day, and the trio ended the competition only two shots off the lead.

McCarron had suffered a difficult second round on Friday, and the damaging impact was clear as he entered the clubhouse on 10 under for the overall tournament.

The American will wonder what could have been, but his consistency briefly failed him during an excellent effort.

Jimenez is a popular champion, and not many modern-day sportsmen prowl around their arena with a cigar in their mouth as they ply their trade.

The 54-year-old remains a huge draw for golf fans, and The Mechanic proved he is still one of the most skilled operators from tee to green in the world.

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