7th February 2010
Jiménez pips Westwood in Dubai
• Battling Spaniard wins third play-off hole
• Westwood’s missed six-footer proves crucial
Miguel Angel Jiménez beat Lee Westwood at the third play-off hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic following a thrilling see-saw final day at the Emirates Golf Club.
The European No1 Westwood birdied the last hole of regulation play to card a final-round level-par 72 to join Jiménez at 11-under overall. Spain’s Jiménez – who began the day holding a one-shot lead alongside Westwood, Alvaro Quirós and Thongchai Jaidee – missed a 10-foot birdie chance at the 72nd hole to card his own final round of 72.
Westwood missed championship-winning putts at the first two extra holes, while on both occasions Jiménez had to fight to stay in contention – with a 12-foot par putt the second time around keeping his title hopes alive.
After switching to the par-four ninth after two trips up the 18th, Westwood missed a six-foot par putt and Jiménez holed out from four feet to win his 19th professional title and his first since the 2008 BMW PGA Championship.
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