Golfer - Miguel Angel Jimenez Golf Academy

Miguel Angel Jimenez on the academy club house balcony  © Michelle Chaplow
Miguel Angel Jimenez on the academy club house balcony © Michelle Chaplow

Miguel Angel Jimenez 

Fifth of seven brothers, Miguel Ángel left school at 15 and worked in a garage and then at Torrequebrada Golf Club collecting golf balls on the driving range and as a caddie. After watching his idol Seve Ballesteros in the Spanish Open at Torrequebrada in 1979, Miguel Ángel was inspired to take up the game himself, turning professional in 1982.

With 23 Tour victories by the end of 2015 Miguel Ángel holds the record as the Oldest Winner on the European Tour at 50 years and 133 days when he won the Open de Espana in May 2014. In doing so, he beat that same record when he successfully defended the Hong Kong Open for the fourth time in December 2013.

He considers all of his victories as special, but looks on his four Ryder Cup team appearances as the most memorable times of his career. Disappointed to have missed the chance of the Captaincy at the 2016 Ryder Cup in Minnesota, Miguel Ángel would love the opportunity to be a future Captain.

He has always maintained that he owes everything he has to this game he loves so much, and in order to put something back into the sport, from 2007 to 2012 Miguel Ángel promoted the Open de Andalucia, a European Tour tournament staged near his home in Spain.

2014 was a successful year for Miguel Ángel with three victories - in Hong Kong, Spain and in his first Champions Tour event in the USA, at the Greater Gwinnett Championship.

A dream of his was realised in February 2013, when the Miguel Angel Jimenez Golf Academy was opened in Torremolinos was opened.

"I wanted to create a place where children and adults could learn to play golf at an affordable price on the Costa del Sol, and now I am very proud to say we have a superb facility." said Miguel Angel Jiminiez at the time.

When Miguel Angel is in Spain between tours he can be seen practising at the Academy. 

Titles


Here is a list of his titles as of July 2018


European Tour - 21 títes

2014 Open de España
2013 Hong Kong Open
2012 UBS Hong Kong Open
2010 Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre, Suiza
2010 Open de Francia, París
2010 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Dubái
2008 BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth, Inglaterra
2007 Hong Kong Open
2005 Omega Hong Kong Open
2005 The Celtic Manor Wales Open, Gales
2004 Johnnie Walker Classic, Bangkok, Tailandia
2004 Algarve Open de Portugal
2004 BMW Asian Open, Shanghai, China
2004 BMW International Open, Munich, Alemania
2003 Turespaña Mallorca Classic, Pula Golf, Mallorca
1999 Volvo Masters, Montecastillo, Jerez de la Frontera
1999 Turespaña Open de Andalucía, Parador Málaga Golf
1998 Turespaña Masters Open Baleares, Santa Ponça, Mallorca
1998 Trophèe Lancôme, París
1994 Open Heineken Dutch, Holanda
1992 Open Piaget Bélgica

Champions / Staysure Tour - 6 títles
2014 Greater Gwinnett Championship
2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship
2016 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C-Spire
2017 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
2018 Regions Tradition (Grande)
2018 The Open Senior presented by Rolex (Grande)


Ryder Cup: 1999, 2004 (victoria de Europa), 2008 y 2010 (victoria de Europa). Vice-captain in  1997 to Seve Ballesteros, in 2012  Vice-Captain together with  José Mari Olazábal and in 2014 together with  Paul McGinley.

Dunhill Cup: 1999 y 2000 victorias de España con Jiménez en el equipo

Seve Trophy: 2000 (victoria Europa Continental), 2013 (victoria Europa Continental)

EurAsia Cup
2014: Capitán-jugador (empate)

Challenge Tour
1988 Open de L'inforatique, Francia

Other titles
Campeón de España 1999, 2002, 2003 & 2006
2003 Circuito Nacional RCG Sevilla
1999 Oki Telepizza
1989 Benson and Hedges Trophy (joint with  Xonia Wunsch)
Campeón de Andalucía de Profesionales 1986 & 1989 
Campeones de España Dobles APG junto con Andrés Jiménez en 2006 & 2007

 

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