Miguel Angel Jimenez
Residence: Malaga, Spain
One of Golfbidder’s favourite golfers! Sarcastically nicknamed ‘The Mechanic’ (because he hates tinkering with his high performance cars – preferring only to drive them), the cigar-smoking, Ferrari-driving, wine connoisseur from Spain is one of Europe’s finest golfers. Our biog photo shows Miguel doing what he does best at the 2006 BMW Championship at Wentworth.
One of seven brothers, he didn’t take up golf until he was 15. He won his European Tour card in 1988 and secured his first win in the Belgian Open in 1992. Jiménez first played on the European Tour in 1988 and improved steadily over the next few seasons. After some weaker seasons he bounced back in 1998 and 1999, finishing fourth on the Order of Merit in consecutive years and winning four tournaments including the prestigious Volvo Masters. In 1999 he also came second in the WGC-American Express Championship, which is one of the elite World Golf Championships events, and made his Ryder Cup debut.
A great team player – he won the Alfred Dunhill Cup in 1999 and 2000, the Seve Trophy in 2000 and was part of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team in 2004 – where, when asked his requirements for The Team Room replied: “Some Rioja, an espresso machine and cigars” all of which were provided. Jiménez has had great success in team events representing Europe and Spain, winning the Alfred Dunhill Cup in 1999 and 2000, the Seve Trophy in 2000 and the Ryder Cup in 2004. In 2005 he won the Spanish Pairs final, with Andrés Jiménez at La Cala Resort in Andalucia, Spain.
2008 could not have got off to a better start for Miguel. He beat Lee Westwood into second place in his season opening UBS Hong Kong Open following this up with a win in the BMW PGA Championship that earned him a on the 2008 Ryder Cup team. Like all of his fellow countrymen, Miguel love playing in the Ryder Cup and was very disappointed with his return of only ½ a point from his 3 matches in 2008.