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Welcome to Miguel Ángel Jiménez’ home!
Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol, March 15 to 18:
From March 15 to 18, the European Tour will receive a warm welcome at the ‘home’ of Miguel Ángel Jiménez. The Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol 2012 is his tournament and the popular Spanish 18-time European Tour winner is not only hosting the event as a promoter. He will try to play his best golf ever!
Jiménez will be the host and organizer of the Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol through his MAJ Group. Jiménez, at the formal presentation of the event: "After six years of commitment to organizing this event and supporting it with my own money, I have decided to go on because I believe Andalucia, the land of golf, deserves it. Organizing a golf tournament has been a long standing dream of mine."
No doubt Jiménez will himself be one of the main attractions of the event. Who else will be there? Colin Montgomerie and José Mari Olazábal, Ryder Cup captains for the European teams for 2010 and 2011, have committed to play, as well as Pablo Larrazábal and quite a few other players that see the € 1 million tournament as a good preparation for greater events to come, like the Masters at Augusta (US) in the first week of April.
The Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol 2012 has been played across the Andalucian coastline since 2007. Last year Scotsman Paul Lawrie scored his first win on The European Tour since 2002, beating Sweden’s Johan Edfors by one stroke.
Traditional parkland course
The Aloha Golf Club is situated to the west of Marbella, about two kilometres inland from the well-known jet-set harbour of Puerto Banús. It is certainly one of the most prestigious and oldest courses in the Costa del Sol. The traditional parkland course, opened in 1975, was the work of the renowned Spanish designer Javier Arana. It is considered to be a very entertaining course, with narrow fairways, requiring precision and skill. Most players love it. Lee Westwood: “Instead of using the driver at every hole you need to think your way around the course here, and use all the other clubs in the bag. Tour players appreciate a course that makes us think."
Precision and skill are especially required on the 18th hole, a demanding uphill par 4, host Miguel Ángel Jiménez agrees. “Aloha is always in great condition. The field is not long, but it is very technical”. As for his own chances, Jiménez (48 now) does not rule out any surprises. “This is my 24th season on the Tour and I’m striking the ball better than ever, so I hope to be around a few more years… hopefully the putts will start dropping! One thing is clear to me: the moment I feel I am not competitive anymore I will lose motivation and say goodbye.”
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