The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2016
52 THE CUT MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ 3PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS VICTORIES 21INTERNATIONAL VICTORIES that, I would suggest they drive along the coast of Andalucia to play Valderrama, then a couple of hours north to play the Real Club de Golf in the beautiful city of Seville. And finally, they absolutely must play El Saler, a really incredible course on the coast near Valencia. It’s about six hours’ drive from Seville, but definitely worth it. What’s your humidor and wine cellar at home like? I have a home in Spain and another in Austria, so there are plenty of cigars and great bottles of wine in both, as you can imagine. I am just in the process of having a house designed in Austria and the wine cellar is definitely a part of the plans. What message do you like to give young people about golf? In the past couple of years I have created the Miguel Angel Jimenez Junior Circuit, which is a series of golf tournaments held around Spain for girls and boys in different age categories, resulting in a final. It’s become incredibly popular, with over 2,000 children taking part this year. The idea was to give children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn important life skills, such as respect for fellow competitors and all the values that we learn as golfers and that will hopefully remain with them for the future. Michael Campbell lives not far from you. Do you ever run into him? Not often enough! Michael lives a little further up the coast of Andalucia from me and with my really busy tournament schedule I am not spending that much time at home in Spain, so our paths never seem to cross. It’s a shame because he’s a great guy. To the best of our knowledge you’ve never played in New Zealand. So when are you coming down? I would really love to visit New Zealand as I have heard it’s a very beautiful country, with some stunning golf courses and also some very nice wine! Whilst I am still playing on both the European Tour and the PGA Champions Tour, it would be tough to find a week to travel to New Zealand, but it is on my list of places to visit when things calm down on the tournament schedule. Miguel Angel Jimenez spoke to Tom Hyde. You can learn more about the man and his ventures at www.miguelangeljimenezgolf.com. Jimenez strikes a pose, cigar in mouth, for a portrait ar tist.
The Cut - Spring 2016