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Golf’s Jimenez Breaks Leg in Ski Accident, Out for Three Months

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez, the oldest winner on golf’s European Tour, will be out for at least three months after breaking his leg while skiing.

The 48-year-old fell in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountain region yesterday and had an operation at the hospital in nearby Malaga, the European Tour said on its website.

“I was going down a hill and lost control briefly and when I fell it was very sore,” Jimenez told the Tour’s website. “I knew immediately I had broken something.”

The Spaniard last month collected his 19th European Tour title at the UBS Hong Kong Open, at age 48 years and 318 days. The previous oldest winner on the tour was Ireland’s Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days old when he took the 2001 Madeira Islands Open. Jimenez had been without a win for two years since collecting three titles in 2010.

“I was playing very well at the end of the season so it is obviously not a good time for me to get injured,” Jimenez said. “When I took up skiing I knew the risks that I was taking but I love it so much I could not stop.”

To contact the reporter on this story: James Cone in London at jcone@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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