Jimenez slams Wentworth revamp
Miguel Angel Jimenez is the latest player to speak out against the extensive redesign of Wentworth’s West Course.
Miguel Angel Jimenez has become the latest player to speak out against the extensive redesign of Wentworth’s West Course – venue for last week’s BMW PGA Championship.
The Spaniard missed the cut at the European Tour’s flagship event after consecutive 73s in the first two rounds.
Winner of the tournament in 2008, Jimenez certainly boasts happy memories of Wentworth, but insists he has been left cold by the radical changes made by course owner Richard Caring with the assistance of Ernie Els.
Over £6 million was spent on the revamp, but Jimenez believes it was money that did not need to be spent.
“If you had a Picasso in a frame would you say ‘Now I want to see a line there’,” says the charismatic 46-year-old drawing an imaginary line in the air with a finger.
“You cannot touch a masterpiece and it’s the same with a golf course.
“It’s like if you have an historic building. You cannot touch it without permission.
“Now it’s a completely different golf course. You need to hit everything down the middle and the bunkers are too deep. If you are in there you cannot hit any shot to the green.
“It’s not fun anymore.”
Jimenez went on to insist he still retained ambitions of competing for Europe in this year’s Ryder Cup clash in Wales.
A veteran of four matches, the Spaniard did concede, however, that this year probably represents his last opportunity to do so as a player.
“Probably this is my last chance,” he continued.
“I still think I have something to contribute but the players who are on the best form are going to qualify.
“There are a lot of new people coming on the tour now and it’s getting more difficult for the old guys.”
Rory McIlroy survives late scare for drought-breaking win in Charlotte
The Northern Irishman suffered a bogey at the last but hung on to for his first win since 2019.
Garrick Higgo keen to maintain fine form after completing Canary Islands double
The 21-year-old left-hander’s winning total of 27 under par was just two shots outside the European Tour record.
Garrick Higgo completes Canary Islands double with Tenerife win
Higgo took a two-shot lead into the final round.
Richard Mansell and Calum Hill chasing in-form Garrick Higgo for Tenerife title
South African Higgo leads the way on 20 under par, two shots ahead of Englishman Mansell and three clear of Scot Hill.
Richie Ramsay remains in contention in Tenerife after second successive 65
Ramsay is two shots behind Spain’s Adri Arnaus.
Rory McIlroy surges up Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with second-round 66
England’s Matt Wallace was also firmly in contention for a first PGA Tour title after adding a 67 to his opening 69 to reach six under.
Great Britain and Ireland captain Stuart Wilson ready for Walker Cup challenge
The United States are favourites to triumph in the biennial contest for the third time in succession at Seminole Golf Club in Florida.
Rhys Enoch two shots off Tenerife lead after stunning start ends in opening 65
Francesco Laporta leads the way at the Canary Islands Championship on nine under par.
Can Justin Thomas replicate his 2017 PGA Championship winning form at Quail Hollow this week?
The 28-year-old found success playing the course in August but hasn’t been able to repeat it in May.
Rory McIlroy goes back to happy hunting ground as he looks for a return to form
The former world number one is 15th in the rankings as he prepares for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.