Born: January 5, 1964
Birthplace: Malaga, Spain
Weight: 165 lbs.
Turned Pro: 1982
Born the fifth of seven brothers, the man they call The Mechanic got a late start into the game of golf. In fact, Miguel didn't begin playing the sport until he was 15 years old. He was a quick study though, turning professional at the age of 18 in 1982.
After struggling for several years Jimenez finally got through the European Qualifying and played his first full season on the Euro Tour in 1989. In 1992 Jimenez collected his first European Tour victory at the Piaget Open. The late '90's are when his career really started to take off. Since 1998, The Mechanic has regularly been near the top of leader boards and the Order of Merit.
Over the course of his career Jimenez has collected thirteen international victories and has been a big factor in the 1999 and 2004 Ryder Cup victories for Europe. Although largely unknown in North America, Jimenez won four times overseas in 2004 and is a very good player.
European Tour Victories
(13): 2005 Omega Hong Kong Open. 2004 BMW International Open. 2004 BMW Asian Open. 2004 Algarve Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Depositos. 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic. 2003 TurespaÃ±a Mallorca Classic. 1999 Volvo Masters. 1999 Turespana Masters â€“ Open Andalucia. 1999 Smurfit European Team Pro-Am. 1998 Trophee Lancome. 1998 Turespana Masters Open Baleares. 1994 Heineken Dutch Open. 1992 Paiget Belgain Open.
When it comes to equipment Miguel is a Ping guy through and through. He doesn't seem to change his clubs very often except the putter.
Miguel switched this year from a Ping Si3 driver to the new Ping G2. The 460cc head is by far the longest and most forgiving driver that Ping has ever made. The old Si3 had a UST Harmon Tour Design CBX shaft while the new G2 that Jimenez is carrying appears to have a prototype graphite shaft. The new head has 7 degrees of loft.
Jimenez is one of the few players who carries two fairway woods instead of any hybrid type clubs. He is also one of the few players who uses titanium head fairway woods. Both the 3-wood and 5-wood in the bag are the Ping TiSi Tec with a UST ProForce shaft.
The S59 is the iron of choice for Miguel. He carries 3-PW in the blade style club from Ping with the Cushin shafts. The SW and LW are the new Ping Tour wedge, very similar to the actual S59 design.
You will usually find one of two Ping putters in Miguel's bag. He started the 2004 season with the G2 Tess model. This is a blade putter similar to the Wilson 8802 but with some added heel-toe weighting. Late in the season he made the switch to the G2i Piper. This is also a heel shafted putter like the Tess but more of a mallet style head. It also has the blue insert for a very soft feel.
The increasingly popular Srixon ball is also used by Jimenez. He uses the HRX 330 ball.