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 25 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 4 wins, since joining the PGA TOUR Champions in 2014.
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, where he can often be seen practising and is also the Promoter of the Miguel Angel Jimenez Junior Circuit, giving girls and boys the opportunity to learn to play golf and compete in tournaments 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 PGA TOUR Champions event in the USA, at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. Since then he has won every year on the PGA TOUR Champions in the USA and he remains a formidable competitor on the European Tour.
Aged 55 years, Miguel Ángel shows no signs of taking things easy as he competes in his 31st consecutive season on the European Tour in 2019 whilst continuing to play the PGA TOUR Champions.