Dubai: Jimenez wins in play-off with Westwood

Miguel Angel Jimenez beat Lee Westwood at the third play-off hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic following a thrilling see-saw final day at Emirates Golf Club.

Miguel Angel Jimenez beat Lee Westwood at the third play-off hole to win the Dubai Desert Classic following a thrilling see-saw final day at Emirates Golf Club.

European number one Westwood birdied the last hole in regulation to card a final round level par 72 to join Jimenez at 11-under-par.

Spaniard Jimenez, who began the day holding a one shot lead alongside Westwood, Alvaro Quiros 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 Jimenez 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, Jimenez holed out from four feet to claim his 19th professional title and first since the 2008 BMW PGA Championship, after Westwood had missed his six-foot par putt.

Ireland's Rory McIlroy finished three shots off the pace on -8 in sixth position.

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