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.”
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