Jiménez hoping to be the hero at #HIO2015

Tue 10 Feb 2015

Jiménez hoping to be the hero at #HIO2015

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Delhi, February 10: Miguel Angel Jiménez will look to continue his incredible age-defying golfing exploits at the Hero Indian Open as he embarks on his 27th consecutive season on The European Tour.
Having made a perfect start to 2015 with a victory last month in Hawaii on the US Champions Tour, the 51-year-old Spaniard is ready to challenge for more honours at the US$1.5 million event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Should he win at the Delhi Golf Club, Jiménez will break his own record on the European Tour as the oldest champion.
Having already set, and subsequently broken that record with victories in Hong Kong and Spain in 2014, it would take a bold observer to write off the great man, who has won 14 of his 21 European Tour career titles since turning 40 – another European Tour record.
The secret to Jiménez’s success is simple, yet tantalising to so many: happiness and hard work. The Spaniard’s love of life, which includes those passions for cigars and fine Rioja, make him one of golf’s most-loved characters, but behind the happy-go-lucky exterior and the funky warm-up routine lies one of the most hard-working and determined players on the planet.
“People talk about my age and ask if I can still win on The European Tour,” smiled Jiménez.
“My answer to that is very simple: I would not be playing on The European Tour if I did not believe I could win. I play against a lot of young kids these days, but I still feel good and know that when I play to my best I can still compete against the young guys, so it is no problem for me.
“Also, the most important thing for me is to enjoy what you are doing and I still love to play, love to travel around the word playing golf and as long as I am still passionate for the game and can compete then I will continue to play the game.”
The longevity of Jiménez’s remarkable career means he has played through a dramatic period of globalisation in his sport, and he recognises how important countries like India can be for golf as he prepares to tackle the Delhi Golf Club for the first time when the tournament gets underway next week.
Jiménez said: “The European Tour returning to India is very important for our tour. We are now a global tour, playing all over the world, and India can become a very important country. If you look at what has happened in China over the past 20 years, you see that golf can grow in the biggest countries in the world, and hopefully India can become like that.
“There are a lot of very good Indian players playing on The European Tour and the Asian Tour. They are getting better and better and we hope that having a European Tour event there can give even more Indians a chance to improve their games and test themselves against better players.
“Personally, I am looking forward to playing at the Delhi Golf Club. It is a great club with a lot of tradition and it would be a great honour to win there. I am playing well and still believe I can win more titles on The European Tour. I made a good start to my season with a win on the Champions Tour in Hawaii and I am hoping I can have the same result in India. I’m playing well and feeling good, so why not?”
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About Hero MotoCorp
Hero MotoCorp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold in a calendar year by a single company. The company sold over 6.64 million two-wheelers in the calendar year 2014. The New Delhi, India-headquartered Hero MotoCorp currently sells its range of motorbikes and scooters in 23 countries spread across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. By the year 2020, Hero aims to be present in 50 countries with an annual combined sales volume of 12 million units. By that year, Hero also aims to surpass the cumulative sales of 100 million two-wheelers.
For over two decades, Hero has been associated with various disciplines of sports including golf, cricket and hockey. In the biggest-ever celebrity brand endorsement initiative by an Indian company, Hero MotoCorp in 2014 signed on 14 times major champion Tiger Woods as its Global Corporate Partner. Top Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Daniel Chopra and India’s top woman professional Sharmila Nicollet are also Hero brand ambassadors.
Hero has been sponsoring the men’s Indian Open since 2006 and the Women’s Indian Open since 2010. Hero also sponsors India’s domestic Pro Tour for women. Hero last year became the title sponsor of the Tiger Woods Invitational – the Hero World Challenge – which is also a PGA Tour event.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2015, will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments spread across five continents; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Nimbus Sport
Nimbus Sport is the full service sports marketing division of Nimbus Communications Ltd., specializing in Rights Distribution and Management, Television Production, Sponsorship Services and Event Management. Nimbus Sport has been involved in managing rights transactions worth over USD 2 billion to date, among the largest in Asia. It has extensive experience of rights management and/or television production with multiple sports federations and dozens of major sponsors. It is a leading producer of World Feeds of Live sports events with over 4500 hours of Live content delivered and also manages best-in-class sports events.