The resort dubbed “the new number one in Spain” has the new number one golfer in Europe as its tour pro. Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort's tour pro, cigar-smoking, wine-drinking Miguel Angel Jimenez achieved the biggest victory of his long career at Wentworth on Sunday – and moved to the top of the European Tour Order of Merit.
The 44-year-old Spaniard, having holed in one earlier in the day, collected the record BMW PGA Championship first prize of nearly €750,000 with a two-putt birdie four on the second hole of a play-off.
"This is my 20th season on Tour and it's a nice present," said Jimenez, who as a result sits proudly at the top of the Order of Merit as Europe´s current number one and will almost certainly earn his third Ryder Cup cap in September.
Jimenez became the third oldest winner of the title after Dai Rees and Arnold Palmer.
Having already won the Hong Kong Open earlier this season, his 15th European Tour title, and now Miguel is in the form of his life.
He flew to Wentworth after a two day visit to Hacienda del Alamo, near Fuente Alamo in Murcia, where he played golf with media and VIP´s the held a clinic for the members of the exclusive golf resort. Miguel holds the course record with a six under par 66 at the 7,300 Dave Thomas course which he has represented on the European Tour since June of 2005.
It was his second victory of the season after his win in the UBS Hong Kong Open last November and the €750,000 first prize lifted him to the top of The European Tour Order of Merit with €1,342,675. He is also on course for Valhalla after moving top of The Ryder Cup Points List.
In 2004, he emerged as the season’s most prolific champion when claimed four titles on his way to finishing fourth on The European Tour Order of Merit, equalling his highest position. A great team player, he played his part in the 1999 and 2004 Ryder Cups and represented Spain for the 11th time in the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup. One of the game’s great characters, when asked his requirements for The 2004 European Team Room at The Ryder Cup, he simply replied: “Rioja wine, an espresso machine and cigars,” all of which were provided.
One of seven brothers, he worked as a caddie in Malaga and did not take up the game until the age of 15. Nicknamed ‘The Mechanic’ but has a preference for driving, rather than repairing, high performance vehicles, especially his gleaming red Ferrari Marinello.
Hacienda del Alamo is a luxury development of villas, townhouses and apartments set around a golf course and training complex in sunny Murcia. It has been dubbed “the new number one in Spain.