Miguel Angel Jimenez delighted to make 25th appearance at European Masters
Last Updated: 05/09/13 9:49am
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Playing the European Masters for the 25th time this year
Miguel Angel Jimenez makes his 25th consecutive appearance at the Omega European Masters this week and admits it remains one of his favourite stop-offs on the European Tour.
The 49-year-old has a stellar record in the Swiss alps with no fewer than ten top-10 finishes at the event, including victory over the Crans-sur-Sierre lay-out in 2010.
Jimenez missed a large chunk of the season after breaking his leg in a skiing accident at Christmas but has put together some impressive results since returning to action.
He finished fourth at Wentworth and Firestone this year, while he also led the Open Championship at the halfway stage before ending up in a tie for 13th.
The veteran Spaniard is hoping a return to his beloved Crans will galvanise him this week as he looks to win a 20th European Tour title.
"I was hooked by Crans (on his first appearance) and as we were leaving the hotel we asked if we could book a room for the following year," he told the European Tour's website.
"I have been staying at the same place ever since and since they converted the hotel into apartments they have kept the same one for me each year - my balcony overlooks the valley with a fantastic view.
"It's a great venue. You would never think there is a golf course up there in the mountains. They did a fantastic job when they created the course.
"At Crans, you must hit the ball in the right place and hit it very, very straight. You must have control of the ball. I love it."
Jimenez is joined in the field by 2011 champion Thomas Bjorn and also Ireland's Padraig Harrington, playing the tournament for the first time since 2000.