2005: Single-mindedness pays off for Jimenez

Newport, Wales

A hot topic of discussion on the European Tour centers around European players who play the PGA Tour, and don’t come back to support their tour back home.

One European veteran who once split time between the two tours not only entered the BMW, but has decided to focus solely on the European Tour.

Miguel Angel Jimenez again proved June 5 that he has made a solid decision, winning for the second time this season – and seventh time in his past 39 European Tour events.

Jimenez did it in impressive fashion, shooting a course-record 7-under-par 62 in the final round of the Wales Open.

Needless to say, Jimenez – who now ventures outside the regular European Tour schedule only for the majors and World Golf Championships – is happy with the career option he has chosen.

“This is my 17th season on tour, and there is not any point of trying to play two tours,” Jimenez said. “I feel I want to give back to the European Tour.”

Jimenez sealed his 13th European Tour victory with a birdie on No. 18, finishing at 14-under 262 and turning in the lowest final-round score by a winner this season – besting the 63 by Niclas Fasth at the New Zealand Open (Fasth’s 63 came on a par-72 layout).

Few could argue with any path Jimenez has traveled when it comes to his participation on the European Tour. He has become a dominant force, and the 41-year-old shows no sign of slowing down.

Besides winning at Celtic Manor, this season he also has captured the Hong Kong Open, and hasn’t missed a cut in 10 events. He has earned 773,149 euros this year (approximately $945,000) and is seventh on the Order of Merit.

The results of Jimenez’s single-mindedness speak for themselves. Perhaps those who have avoided their home tour are taking notice.

– Staff and wire reports

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