Miguel Angel Jiménez made an historic homeland win at the Open de España, on his 27th attempt to raise the trophy.
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Miguel proved the truth in that old saying by winning the Open de España, his homeland trophy after 27 attempts at it. This historic win did not come easily, Miguel had to battle through a sudden death play-off after he, Richard Green and Thomas Pieters all finished the tournament at -4 under par.
Miguel triumphed at the first extra hole, with a par, and in doing so becomes the oldest ever winner on the European Tour;
“There’s no words to describe what it means to me, you need to be into my skin but I’m not going to let you. 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.”
“All the victories are special, all are unique, some of them give you more money, some less, but all of them are important. You play to win and when you make it you have to appreciate it. There is no secret, good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise.”
“I don’t know if I felt nerves, but you do feel tension, you feel the pressure. For instance on hole 17, when I saw the approach roll down the slope, those things cut my mind and take away the freedom from my hands. I don’t know if that counts as nerves, but as tension, yes.”
“I would love to make The Ryder Cup team, I would break all the records at 50, I hope I can make the team and defend the European colors in Scotland.”
Richard lamented his silly mistakes, saying he was upset at not getting the job done;
“I have to take a lot of positives out of it, it’s the best I’ve played since the French Open last year. I played well in the Australian Open over Christmas, just unfortunately struggling to get the job done. I couldn’t count how many times I have run second on The European Tour.”
“It’s just a shame that when the heat of the battle comes along a bit of misfortune happens every now and again. The 14th hole cost me big time and I played pretty solid from that point in and probably should have won the tournament by two shots if that had just been a par.”
Thomas was happy with the way he played this week, and referred to last weeks dramatic events;
“Obviously I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t pull off the win but congrats to Miguel. I made some mistakes but I have to learn from them.”
“I’m proud of the way I played this week, it was a tough week emotionally for my caddie with his best friend passing last week (Iain McGregor died during the Madeira Islands Open), so it was nice for both of us to get some more confidence going into some other tournaments.”