Profile: Miguel Angel Jiménez
- Birthplace: Malaga, Spain
- Residence: Malaga, Spain
- Birthdate: January 5, 1964
- Age: 40
- Turned Professional: 1982
Ryder Cup Record1999
Career VictoriesEuropean Tour
10 - 1992 PIAGET Open, 1994 Heineken Dutch Open, 1998 Turespana Masters Open Baleares, Trophee Lancome, 1999 Turespana Masters Open Andalucia, Volvo Masters Andalucia, 2003 Turespana Mallorca Classic, 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic, Algarve Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Depositos, BMW Asian Open.Other
1988 Open de L'inforatique, 1989 Benson & Hedges Trophy (with Xonia Wunsch-Ruiz), Oki Telepizza- Oliva Nova
With three victories under his belt in 2004, Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez is a proven winner and a key Member of Bernhard Langer's Team.
As Vice-Captain in the 1997 Ryder Cup Matches at Valderrama, Jiménez got his first taste of The Ryder Cup and was inspired to qualify for the Team two years later. Jiménez is a fierce competitor and tough opponent when it comes to The Ryder Cup, never giving an inch as his debut in 1999 highlighted.
Captain Mark James had no hesitation in playing Jiménez in all five sessions at Brookline, pairing him with another rookie Padraig Harrington in the opening foursomes. A titanic battle ensued with Davis Love III and the late Payne Stewart with neither side giving way and the result was a tense half.
Despite their success, James opted for a Spanish pairing in the afternoon fourballs, joining Jiménez with the experienced Jose Maria Olazabal in a partnership that proved too strong for Hal Sutton and Jeff Maggert.
Jiménez was reunited with Harrington in the second foursomes session, but a powerful American partnership of Tiger Woods and Steve Pate managed to get the better of them on the final hole.
They Spanish duo were back in action for the following afternoon fourballs where again they refused to buckle against the American pairing of Sutton and Justin Leonard, securing another valuable half point. Although he went on to lose his singles, it was an impressive Ryder Cup debut and Jiménez is certain to play a key role as Europe seek to retain The Ryder Cup.
The end of the 2003 season saw the Spaniard produce some of the best golf of his career. In his 11 events from the Nissan Irish Open to the Volvo Masters Andalucia, Jiménez was never out of the top 25 and, in the midst of the run, claimed his seventh European Tour International Schedule victory in the Turespaña Mallorca Classic - his first win on Tour since his victory in the 1999 Volvo Masters Andalucia, where he was the first Spaniard to win the title. However that paled into insignificance compared to the first half of 2004, when he won three times to effectively seal a place in The Ryder Cup under Europe's Captain, Bernhard Langer. Finished fourth on the Volvo Order of Merit in 1998, the highlight coming in the Trophée Lancôme, where he chipped in for a birdie two at the last to snatch the title - and the award for Shot of the Year. Also finished fourth in 1999, where apart from his win at Montecastillo and in the Turespaña Masters Open Andalucia, he also finished second in the WGC - American Express Championship at Valderrama, where he lost to Tiger Woods in a play-off. Took fifth place in The Ryder Cup qualifying table in 1999, playing superbly in Boston, winning one and halving two matches. One of seven brothers, he worked as a caddie in Malaga and did not take up the game until the age of 15. Nicknamed 'The Mechanic' but has a preference for driving, rather than repairing, high performance vehicles, especially his gleaming red Ferrari.
- Captain Bernhard Langer
- Padraig Harrington
- Sergio Garcia
- Darren Clarke
- Miguel Angel Jiménez
- Lee Westwood
- Thomas Levet
- Paul Casey
- David Howell
- Paul McGinley
- Ian Poulter
- Colin Montgomerie
- Luke Donald
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