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10:00 Mon Nov 19 2012
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Michael Campbell
Michael Campbell ended his run for the Hong Kong title finishing eighth.

Michael Campbell's pursuit of a first golf title for seven years ended in disappointment as the New Zealand golfer faded to eighth at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The 2005 US Open champion led through the second and third rounds but his final-day score of two-over 72 saw him drop to seven strokes behind Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The pair were co-leaders entering the final 18 holes at Hong Kong Golf Club but Campbell slipped off the pace courtesy of two bogeys on his front nine. He ended what had been a bold showing at the star-studded tournament with a double-bogey six on the 18th hole to complete rounds of 67, 64, 69 and 72.

"Unfortunately my putter went cold on me on that front nine, I missed some golden opportunities for birdies," Campbell told reporters.

Campbell's prizemoney of 37,063 euros ($NZ58,146) lifted him to 77th place on the European money list, with more than half of his 333,798 euros in earnings coming during a form resurgence over the last month - most notably a third placing at the Portugal Masters.

Jimenez held on to win the Hong Kong tournament courtesy of a 65 which left him one shot clear of Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Jimenez became the oldest player to record a European Tour victory, at the age of 48 years and 318 days, and secured a hat-trick of titles at Fanling for the flamboyant veteran.

"Keep yourself fit and flexible. The most important thing is to enjoy what you are doing in life. I've been a 19-time winner now. I'm 48 ... my goodness," Jimenez said.

"It's 24 years now that I've been around (the tour), it'll be 25 next year.

"But I still love it. I think that's the key. Love what you are doing and enjoy yourself.

"You need to keep your body (in shape) to compete with the young guns."