HONG KONG - Miguel Angel Jimenez denied Tuesday he was a shoo-in to successfully defend his Hong Kong Open title because golf's biggest stars had decided to skip the tournament for other events. The veteran Spaniard is this week bidding for a fourth victory in the southern Chinese city, but insisted his task had not been made easier by the absence of the likes of 2011 champion Rory McIlroy. The $1.3 million Hong Kong Open, which runs from Thursday until Sunday, clashes with the $6.5 million NedBank Golf Challenge in South Africa and a Tiger Woods-hosted competition in California. Without a title sponsor to boost the prize fund and appearance money, many of the game's top players have opted to miss the European Tour event at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.–AFP