Jimenez, Rose bound for more big things
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Justin Rose wins in Philly, and Miguel Angel Jimenez wins in Versailles.
Rose’s current hot streak reminds me of when David Duval finally broke through in 1997. Duval had compiled 14 top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour before his first Tour victory at The Michelob Championship. Once he got the “monkey off his back,” Duval won his next two starts and a total of 13 times in five years, from 1997 through 2001 (capped by his British Open title).
Similarly, Rose notched nine top-5 finishes between 2007 and his first win at The Memorial in June. He squandered a big lead in Hartford before validating his first win at the AT&T National. Rose could be on his way to a “Double D”-like run.
Then there’s Jimenez, who is the European Tour’s Kenny Perry. Jimenez recorded his 17th Euro Tour title (12th-most of all time) at the French Open. Like Perry, who has 14 PGA Tour wins, Jimenez is sneaky good, but still is in search of his first major. Yet at 46, “The Mechanic” is never mentioned when listing the “Best Player Never To Have Won a Major.” Seventeen wins – I don’t care what Tour it’s on – is nothing to sniff at. The ponytailed Jimenez just goes about his business and may be in line for his fourth Ryder Cup team, in which case, Captain Monty had better reserve the Rioja, an espresso machine, and cigars (lots of cigars) for the team room.