Justin Rose rues poor Hong Kong Open start as Miguel Angel Jimenez celebrates
Last Updated: 26/11/17 11:40am
Justin Rose's hopes of mounting a final-round challenge at the UBS Hong Kong Open were scuppered by a poor start on Sunday.
The Englishman began the day five shots off the lead after a disappointing finish on Saturday saw him bogey both the 16th and 17th.
The world No 6 continued where he left off as he bogeyed both the first and third, although he got back on an even keel with birdies at the sixth and eighth before moving into red figures with further gains at the 10th and 13.
Rose eventually signed for a two-under 68 which left him on seven under for the tournament - four shots behind champion Wade Ormsby - and in a six-way tie for 10th place.
"It wasn't quite what I was looking for but the start kind of indicated that," said Rose. "I'm really pleased that I kept my head up and ground it out.
"I've never seen the course play better. For such a short golf course, it had some teeth - which is good to see."
Tommy Fleetwood endured a frustrating day as he carded 16 straight pars before posting his only birdie of the day at the 17th, the Race to Dubai champion's one-under 69 earning him sole possession of sixth place, two behind Ormsby.
"I played lovely, just didn't get the ball in the hole at all. Just one of them days, it was a bit like that all weekend," he told the European Tour's official website.
"I played really nice and just couldn't make the putts. I holed a great putt for par which could have been an early momentum builder but just couldn't get anything going.
"Happy with how I played the first event of the season. It's hard to be disappointed with a sixth place but I felt like I could have done better."
One man who was very content with his day's work on Sunday, though, was Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The 53-year-old Spaniard carded the best round of the week at the Hong Kong Golf Club as he rattled in seven birdies in a flawless seven-under 63 which propelled him into a share of seventh place.
The course, which is the shortest on the European Tour circuit at 6,713 yards, has been a happy hunting ground for the Malaga-born golfer.
Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open in 2004 and 2007 before returning for back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, and has earned himself a cult following on the course.
It was Jimenez's 10th round of 65 or better at the Hong Kong Open - more than any other player - although he went one better in 2008 when he fired a 62.
"I'm happy. I finished with a smile on my face," he said. "I played really, really well today. Particularly from 12, I hit the ball like three foot away from the hole from the tee. Beautiful.
"I love to come here. It makes me feel good because you need to play the game, it's not only about hitting the ball hard."
Asked how he would celebrate the round, Jimenez said: "I'm going to find my cigar and have a bottle of wine on the terrace.
"This is maybe not the most beautiful terrace in the world but it's the best terrace in the world."