Greater Gwinnett Championship Winner Miguel Ángel Jiménez Captures Spanish Open
The primary goal for Miguel Ángel Jiménez at the beginning of the year was to earn a spot on this year’s European Ryder Cup team. After his dramatic playoff victory yesterday at the Spanish Open in his home country, he is well on his way. He became the European Tour’s first ever winner at age 50 and now stands sixth on the Ryder Cup points list. The top nine in the points race at the conclusion of the qualifying period will make the team.
“There are no words to describe what this means to me; you need to be into my skin but I’m not going to let you,” Jiménez said. “It’s amazing. It’s my 21st victory on The European Tour and 27 times I played the Spanish Open. I have been close a couple of times. Today it was very tough out there but I got it in the end.”
It has been an incredible five-week span for the likable Spaniard who became the second oldest golfer to finish in the top five at the Masters tournament in mid-April. A week later he captured the Greater Gwinnett Championship Presented by Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating in his Champions Tour debut leading wire to wire and topping defending champion Bernhard Langer by two shots.
If that weren’t enough, he somehow found the time to marry his long-term girlfriend, Susanna Styblo, on May 5th.
The third annual Greater Gwinnett Championship will be played April 13-19, 2015 at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA