Miguel Angel Jimenez confident ahead of China Open.
Veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is aiming to continue his recent run of good form at the Volvo China Open this weekend. The 52-year-old bounced back from a tough start to the season with a victory on the Champions Tour in early April and tied for 13th in his last appearance at the Shenzhen International.
Jimenez, the oldest ever winner on the European Tour, is now targeting a deep run in the Far East where he has recorded multiple wins and top ten finishes in the past. The Spaniard is set to tee off alongside defending champion Wu Ashun and England’s Tommy Fleetwood on Thursday.
Jimenez slumped outside of the top 100 in the world rankings several months ago after missing the cut in his first three European Tour events of the season but revealed on the eve of the Volvo China Open that his game is now in a better place than it was earlier in the year.
“I have a bit more confidence now and my putter has started working again and the stroke is coming back. I feel good and I hope I can give myself a chance to compete at the weekend,” Jimenez said. I will keep competing here (on the European Tour) as much as I can, as long as I’m playing well. If that stops happening, I will say goodbye.”
Wu Ashun has also struggled during the opening months of the season and has yet to post a top-ten finish in any tournament during 2016. The 30-year-old became the first ever Chinese winner on the European Tour in the event last year and is hoping that the good memories will spur him on to another triumph on home soil.
He added: “I will remember that moment forever. It was the best moment of my career, to get my first win on the European Tour. I feel very confident this week.”