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Jimenez holds off Molinari to seal win

Jimenez has finally won at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre course after 22 years of trying.
Jimenez has finally won at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre course after 22 years of trying.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez survives a charge from Eduardo Molinari to win the European Masters
  • The 46-year-old Spaniard cards a four-under-par 67 for a four-stroke victory
  • Teenage Italian Matteo Manassero finishes third to secure his European Tour card
  • Jimenez wins at Crans-sur-Sierre for the first time after 22 years of playing in event

(CNN) -- Veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez held off a late charge from fellow-Ryder Cup star Eduardo Molinari to secure victory in the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre on Sunday.

Jimenez led by six shots with just seven holdes remaining -- but that advantage had been whittled down to just one stroke by Molinari, before the Italian bogeyed the short 16th after Jimenez had recovered superbly after hitting a tree with his tee shot on the same par-three hole.

The 46-year-old Spaniard then birdied the 17th hole before parring the last for a four-under-par 67 and a 72-hole total of 263 (-21).

Molinari also carded a 67 to finish on 266, with teenage Italian Matteo Manassero posting a 68 to come home another two strokes behind -- securing his European Tour card for next season.

Korean Noh Seung-yul (271) finished alone in fourth place while a group of four players, including South African Charl Schwartzel, were tied for fifth place a further stroke behind.

I made a good recovery at the 16th hole -- that was probably the key to the day
--Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Jimenez, who was winning the tournament for the first time after 22 successive visits to the the scenic Alpine course, becomes the first player to claim three European Tour triumphs this season -- and is the fifth member of Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup squad to have won an event since August.

Ross Fisher (Irish Open), Martin Kaymer (USPGA), Peter Hanson (Czech Open) and Molinari (Johnnie Walker) have all achieved recent victories to highlight the wealth of talent Montgomerie has at his disposal to face the United States at Celtic Manor.

"I made a good recovery at the 16th hole -- that was probably the key to the day," Jimenez told the official European Tour website.

"I love to come here. It's not only my two times as runner-up, it's the amount of times I have finished in the top 10 and been in contention, so it means a lot."