Despite one of the strongest fields in years, Spaniard is confident of challenging for honours
HONG KONG, 21 October, 2015 (SCMP) – Miguel Angel Jimenez doesn’t normally sneak under anyone’s radar but the flamboyant Spaniard has virtually ghosted into town this year as he prepares for the US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open.
The 51-year-old made his first public appearance during Wednesday’s pro-am, reacquainting himself with course he has conquered four times already, and he had an instant message for his legions of fans.
“Jimenez is here,” he announced.
Don’t doubt it. Five wins at the same tournament and he’d join a European Tour pantheon that lists only Tiger Woods, Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer as having achieved the same remarkable feat.
“It would be amazing,” said Jimenez. “I hope to put myself in a position to do that at the weekend.”
The Spaniard later lent his support to an InspiringHK Sports Foundation event and said he was happy too see the buzz back at tournament he has come to cherish. It will be Jimenez’s 12th appearance, and he won in 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013.
“It’s always nice to come here – I feel comfortable here,” he said.
“I’m hitting distance and I’m hitting good. I’m ready. The stronger the field, the better the tournament. It’s better for everyone because it means the tournament is healthy and its means you have to play your very best to win.