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European Tour Article
BMW Asian Open, Shanghai, China

Jiménez gains his 3rd 2004 win in China

Miguel Angel Jiménez of Spain came out victorious for the third time this year when he shot a final round of 67 for a 14 under par total of 274 at the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai on Sunday. He started the final day six shots behind long-time leader Simon Dyson but immediately start to chip away at the deficit by making birdie on the first two holes. By the time Jiménez's eagle pitch from the 13th fairway bounced into the hole to give him a share of the lead, Dyson had already been overtaken by his playing partner, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng.

Miguel Angel Jiménez.
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Simon Dyson.
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Dyson is no stranger to winning in this part of the world having picked up three wins in China during his time on the Asian Tour. With this experience and a six shot 54-hole lead, he looked favorite to pick up his first European Tour title despite losing his card at the end of 2003. It was not to be, but after a disastrous first ten holes, Dyson regained his composure and apart from a bogey at the 15th, played in solidly to take solo second place and earn himself an exemption for the Deutsche Bank - SAP Open in Germany this week.
In the first 11 holes, Marksaeng, who started the day tied in second place with Jiménez, picked up 5 birdies while Dyson had dropped 3 shots, reversing their positions on the leader board. But the 13th hole was again Jiménez´s friend when it took a shot from the Thai who went on to take further bogeys on 14, 16 and 17. His final round 71 gave him a 10 under par total of 278 and outright third place.

Prayad Marksaeng.
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K.J. Choi.
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Korea's K.J. Choi, who took third place at this year's Masters Tournament, picked up six birdies in the first 15 holes and put himself in with a chance of contending for the lead but dropped shots on the last 2 holes. He finished with 68 and had to settle for fourth place with a 9 under par total of 279.

Local hero, Lian-Wei Zhang, played solidly all week and finished tied for fifth place with Irishman Paul McGinley and Australia's Adam Groom. All three shot 71 on the final day for 280 stroke totals.


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