by Jeff Skinner
Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut this week and he did it the way he lives his life, with style. The newest member of the Champions Tour certainly did it with style yesterday as he beat the big boys of the tour with a bogey free, five under, 67 at the Greater Gwinnett Championship.
Champions Tour stalwarts, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples couldn’t mount a charge at The Coolest Guy in Golf as he led from wire to wire. His final round was a tidy display of fairways and greens. Playing with Langer and Couples, Miguel’s approaches were seemingly always insides his partners and his putter was working just fine.
Langer and Couples may be glad to see Miguel head back to the European Tour as he bested them in consecutive weeks at The Masters and The Gwinnett. He was already named an assistant captain by Captain Paul McGinley but Jimenez is intent on earning a place as a player on the team and won’t be content with just being an assistant captain.
He plans on spending the rest of the season playing in tournaments that award Ryder Cup points. The Champions Tour events do not.
Jimenez was happy with his two weeks in Georgia, a fourth place finish at The Masters and a win on the senior circuit but he is focused on playing at Gleneagles.
“It shows my game is in very good shape now,” Jimenez said. “A very nice day, I played very solid, very well. It’s great to play in first Champions event and win.”
“I still go my goal for the end of the year,” Jimenez said. “I would love to be part of the Ryder Cup.
“People want me all over the place. I don’t know what’s going to happen for me. It’s not about money … (it would) make me feel proud myself if I play in the Ryder Cup once more.”