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Jimenez Birdies Volvo Title

Spain's Miguel Jimenez birdied three of the final five holes for a 7-under 65 and won the $1.6 million Volvo Masters Sunday.

Jimenez had eight birdies overall and one bogey, finishing at 19-under 269. He was two strokes ahead of third-round leader Retief Goosen of South Africa, Bernhard Langer of Germany and Padraig Harrington of Ireland. Langer shot a 66, Harrington a 67 and Goosen a 71.

Spain's 19-year-old star, Sergio Garcia, fired a 69 for 273, tying for fifth with defending champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, who had a 66.

"I feel a great satisfaction being the first Spaniard to win the Volvo Masters," Jimenez said.

"It makes me proud, and all my friends from my neighborhood of Churriana being here makes me happy. This has been the best year of my career."

Jimenez has won two European titles this year, and six during his career.

His victory was worth $266,000 and lifted him to seventh in the European money list with $922,495.

Bob May of Las Vegas, the only American in the field, shot a 68 for 278.

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal withdrew before Sunday's final round with back trouble.

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