About Miguel Ángel

Place of Birth:
Churriana, Malaga, Spain
Date of Birth:
5th January 1964
Marital Status:
Married to Susanne (2014)
Children:
Miguel Ángel (21 years old)
Victor (18 years old)
Favourite Cigars:
Cohiba Siglo VI, Partagas Serie E No. 2
Favourite Wine:
Roda 1, Cirsion (Rioja)
Vega Sicilia, Mauro (Ribera del Duero)
Favourite Cars:
Ferrari, BMW
Favourite Singers:
Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquin Sabina
Nickname:
The Mechanic, "Pisha"

Biography

Born into humble beginnings, the fifth of seven brothers, Miguel Ángel left school at 15 years of age and worked in a garage and then at Torrequebrada Golf Club, near Malaga in Spain, 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 24 Tour victories currently under his belt, 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.  Of those victories, 21 have been on the European Tour and 3 wins since joining the Champions Tour in 2014.

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.  He has also developed the Miguel Angel Jimenez Golf Academy near his home town of Malaga, Spain, and is the Promoter of the Miguel Angel Jimenez Junior Circuit, giving girls and boys the opportunity to learn to play and compete as well as learning important life skills.

2014 was a particularly successful year for Miguel Ángel with three victories - in Hong Kong, the Spanish Open and in his first Champions Tour event in the USA, at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. Nowadays, Miguel Ángel splits his time between the European Tour and Champions Tour, where he has already notched up his first success of 2016 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi.  When asked what he would like to achieve in 2016, his answer will be "a Major Championship, of course!". Let's hope so !

 

IN MY BAG

These are the tools of my trade! I cannot perform to my best on the course without having total confidence in the equipment I am using and I know I have that with PING golf clubs and a Srixon ball and glove. For those of you that like to know the finer details about the equipment I use, this is for you!

Driver

G

Shaft Length: 46”, Loft: 9.0 degrees, Grip: Lamkin Wrap-Tech 58 Round, Shaft: OBAN Kiyoshi Gold 65-X, Swing Weight: D5

5 Wood

G

Loft: 18 degrees, Shaft Length: 43”, Grip: Lamkin Wrap-Tech 58 Round, Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 75-X, Swing Weight: D3

3 Wood

G

Loft: 14.5 degrees, Shaft Length: 44”, Grip: Lamkin Wrap-Tech 58 Round, Shaft: Aldila Tour Blue 75-X, Swing Weight: D3

Wedges

Glide

Shaft Length: Standard, Grip: Lamkin Wrap-Tech 58 Round, Swing Weight: D3 / D5

Irons 3-PW

S55

Loft: Standard, Lie: Red (0.75 degrees flat), Shaft Length: Standard, Grip: Lamkin Wrap-Tech 58 Round, Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Superlite S300, Swing Weight: D2

Putter

TR1966 Anser 2

Traditional Weight, Shaft Length: 34”, Grip: PING PP58

Ball

Srixon Z-Star, 3 Piece Construction with a Super Soft Urethane Cover

Glove

Cabretta leather with Lycra knuckle inserts

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