Who's who: Miguel Ángel Jiménez

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Who's who: Miguel Ángel Jiménez

  • Name:

    Miguel Ángel Jiménez
  • Also known as:

    The Mechanic
  • Country:

    Spain
  • Born:

    Jan 5, 1964 in Churriana, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Malaga
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; course designer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1982
  • Website:

    http://www.miguelangeljimenezgolf.com

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (2): Regions Tradition (2018); Senior Open Championship (2018). Ryder Cup player (1999, 2004, '08, '10). Multiple wins on the European Tour, PGA Tour Champions and Asian Tour.

Golf course design

Jiménez has worked on several design and redesign projects. He is best known for his first complete design, the Old Course at the Prosper Golf Resort Čeladná in the Czech Republic.

Did you know?

On tour Jiménez is well-known for possessing a solid, flattish swing that has brought him great success. As a professional golfer he has notched-up over 30 wins around the world (including 21 European Tour events), two senior major championship titles and four Ryder Cup appearances.

In July 2020, at the English Open, Jiménez played in his 707th European Tour event, the most appearances on the Tour by any player. He surpassed Sam Torrance's record 706 appearances. 56-year-old Jiménez celebrated his achievement with an 8-under-par 64 in the event's first round.

Jiménez loves driving fast cars (especially Ferrarris), and once worked in an auto service shop for a few months, hence his nickname "The Mechanic". He is also well known for his love of red wine (especially Rioja), cigars (Cuban of course), whisky (Lagavulin) and eye-catching golf shoes (hand-made by Gigi Nebuloni, a small, family-business in Milan).

Top tournaments won by Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$310,000

Title sponsor

Mitsubishi

Played as the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan 16-18; PGA Tour Champions season-opener). Jiménez (Esp) beat Ernie Els (RSA) with a 12-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole (par-4 18th). Fred Couples was eliminated at the first playoff hole. Els was making his PGA Tour Champions debut. [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].

2020
America
Minnehaha CC
196 (-14)
$270,000
Sanford Health

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Minnehaha CC

Score

196 (-14)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

Sanford Health

Played as the Sanford International presented by Cambria (Sept 11-13). Second-placed Steve Flesch (USA) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour Champions win. [Minnehaha CC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota].

2019
America
Virginia CC
198 (-18)
$305,000
Dominion

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Virginia CC

Score

198 (-18)

Prize money

$305,000

Title sponsor

Dominion

Played as the Dominion Energy Charity Classic (Oct 18-20; first of three Charles Schwab Cup playoff events). Second-placed Tommy Tolles (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). Monday finish required due to bad weather over the weekend. [James River course, The CC of Virginia, Richmond, VA].

2019
America
200 (-13)
$240,000
Chubb

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

200 (-13)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Chubb

Played as the Chubb Classic (Feb 15-17). Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) beat Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Olin Browne (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Classics course, Lely Resort, Naples, FL].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

€268,814

Title sponsor

Rolex

The Senior Open presented by Rolex (32nd) (July 26-29). Second-placed and defending champion Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp), who recorded his second major championship win. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

2018
Majors
Greystone G&CC
269 (-19)
$360,000
Regions

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Greystone G&CC

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$360,000

Title sponsor

Regions

The Regions Tradition (30th) (May 17-20). Second-placed Joe Durant (USA), Gene Sauers (USA) and Steve Stricker (USA) finished 3 shots behind 54-year-old Jiménez (Esp), who claimed his first senior major championship win. [Founders course, Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

2017
America
203 (-13)
$240,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Mar 31-Apr 2). Defending champion Jiménez (Esp) beat Gene Sauers (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Fallen Oak GC, Saucier, nr Biloxi, MS].

2016
America
202 (-14)
$240,000
C Spire

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

C Spire

Played as the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire (April 1-3). Second-placed Scott Dunlap (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp), who claimed his third PGA Tour Champions win. [Fallen Oak GC, Saucier, nr Biloxi, MS].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$309,000

Title sponsor

Mitsubishi

Played as the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan 23-25; Champions Tr season opener). Second-placed Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp), who recorded his second Champions Tour win. [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Gwinnett Championship (April 18-20). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp), who became the 18th player to win on his Champions Tour debut. [TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, GA].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

€250,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de España (May 15-18). Jiménez (Esp) beat Richard Green (Aus) and Thomas Pieters (Belg) at the first playoff hole, to win his national title at the 27th attempt. The 50-year old Spaniard also extended his own record as the oldest European Tour winner. [Stadium course, PGA Catalunya, Caldes de Malavella, nr Girona].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

US$216,660

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hong Kong Open (Dec 5-8; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2014 season). Defending champion Jiménez (Esp) beat Stuart Manley (Wales) and Prom Meesawat (Thai) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to win his fourth Hong Kong Open title. At 49 yrs 337 days old, Jiménez beat his own record as the European Tour's oldest winner. [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

US$333,330

Title sponsor

UBS

Played as the UBS Hong Kong Open (Nov 15-18; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp), who claimed his third Hong Kong Open title. Aged 48 yrs 318 days, Jiménez became the oldest winner of a European Tr event. [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].

2010
Europe
273 (-11)
€500,000
Alstom

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

€500,000

Title sponsor

Alstom

Played as the Alstom Open de France (July 1-4). Jiménez (Esp) beat Francesco Molinari (It) and Alejandro Cañizares (Esp) with a par at the first playoff hole. 46-year-old Jiménez became the oldest winner of Continental Europe's oldest golf title. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].

2010
Europe
263 (-21)
€333,330
Omega

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

263 (-21)

Prize money

€333,330

Title sponsor

Omega

Played as the Omega European Masters (Eurpn/Asian Trs event). Second-placed Edoardo Molinari (Italy) finished 3 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

€296,500

Title sponsor

Omega

Played as the Omega Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 4-7; Eurpn Tr event). Jiménez (Esp) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

€750,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW PGA Championship (May 22-25). Jiménez (Esp) beat Oliver Wilson (Eng) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

265 (-15)

Prize money

US$375,000

Title sponsor

UBS

Played as the UBS Hong Kong Open (Nov 15-18; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2008 season). Second-placed Robert Karlsson (Swe), Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) and Kyoung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp). [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].

2005
Europe
262 (-14)
€362,568
Celtic Manor

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

262 (-14)

Prize money

€362,568

Title sponsor

Celtic Manor

Played as the Celtic Manor Wales Open (June 2-5). Second-placed Martin Erlandsson (Swe) and José Manuel Lara (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). Jiménez shot a final round 62, including a final nine 29 to clinch his second European Tour win of the season. [Roman Road course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

€300,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 26-29). Second-placed Thomas Levet (Fra) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

US$250,000

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW Asian Open (May 13-16; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Simon Dyson (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Jiménez (Esp); Dyson surrendered a six-shot lead going into the final round. [Tomson GC, Pudong, Shanghai, China].

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

US$133,330

Title sponsor

Omega

Played as the Omega Hong Kong Open (Dec 2-5; Asian/Eurpn Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2005 season). Second-placed James Kingston (RSA) and defending champion Padraig Harrington (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp). [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].

2004
Asia
Alpine GC, Bangkok
271 (-17)
US$301,787
Johnnie Walker

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Alpine GC, Bangkok

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

US$301,787

Title sponsor

Johnnie Walker

Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Jan 29-Feb 1; Asian/Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den) and Jyoti Randhawa (India) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [Alpine GC, nr Bangkok, Thailand].

2004
Europe
272 (-16)
€208,330
CGD

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Penina

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

€208,330

Title sponsor

CGD

Played as the Algarve Open de Portugal (April 1-4). Second-placed Terry Price (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [Penina Resort, Portimao, Algarve, Portugal].

2003
Europe
204 (-6)
€66,660
Turespana

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Pula

Score

204 (-6)

Prize money

€66,660

Title sponsor

Turespana

Played as the Turespana Mallorca Classic (Oct 16-19). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) double-bogeyed the 17th hole in the final round and bogeyed the 18th, to finish 1 shot behind Jiménez (Esp). Reduced to 54 holes due to heavy rain. [Pula GC, Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain].

1999
Europe
269 (-19)
£166,000
Volvo

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

£166,000

Title sponsor

Volvo

Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 28-31; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger), Pádraig Harrington (Ire) and Retief Goosen (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [Montecastillo Resort, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain].

1999
Europe
Parador de Malaga
264 (-24)
€83,330
Turespana

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Parador de Malaga

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

€83,330

Title sponsor

Turespana

Played as the Turespana Masters - Open Andalucia (March 11-14). Second-placed Steve Webster (Eng) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Jiménez (Esp). [Parador de Málaga Golf, Málaga, Andalucía].

1998
Europe
279 (-9)
£58,330
Turespana

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

£58,330

Title sponsor

Turespana

Played as the Turespana Masters Open Baleares (May 7-10). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Martín (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [No.I course, Golf Santa Ponsa, Santa Ponça, Mallorca].

1998
Europe
Saint-Nom-La-Breteche
273 (-11)
£133,330
Lancôme

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Saint-Nom-La-Breteche

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

£133,330

Title sponsor

Lancôme

Played as the Trophée Lancôme (Sept 17-20). Second-placed David Duval (USA), Mark O'Meara (USA), Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) and Greg Turner (NZ) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].

1994
Europe
270 (-18)
£108,330
Heineken

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

£108,330

Title sponsor

Heineken

Played as the Heineken Dutch Open (July 21-24) (75th). Second-placed Howard Clark (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Jiménez (Esp), who posted his second European Tour win. [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].

1992
Europe
274 (-10)
£100,000
Piaget

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

£100,000

Title sponsor

Piaget

Played as the Piaget Belgian Open (Sept 24-27). Second-placed Barry Lane (Eng) finished 3 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Jiménez (Esp). [Royal Zoute GC, Knokke-Heist, West Flanders, Belgium].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Jimenez, Miguel Angel

Venue

Aloha

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

Title sponsor

B&H

Played as the Benson & Hedges Trophy (Nov 9-12; European and LET Trs mixed pairs unofficial money event). Second-placed Carl Mason (Eng) & Gillian Stewart (Scot) finished 2 shots behind the winning team of Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) & Xonia Wunsch-Ruiz (Esp). [Aloha GC, Costa del Sol, Spain].

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