Jimenez Looks for Third Win

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European TourThe European Tour gets in the swing of things following the wild finish at the Masters with the playing of the inaugural Open de Sevilla at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in Spain.
 
An early new edition to the 2004 schedule, the Open de Sevilla will welcome home one of Spain's best players in Miguel Angel Jimenez.
 
Jimenez, 40, is coming off his win at the Algarve Open de Portugal where he held off fellow Spaniard Ignacio Garrido to capture his second title of the season. With that victory, Jimenez also vaulted to the top of the European Tour's Order of Merit (money list) only to drop down to second this after Ernie Els' strong finish at Augusta National..
 
With a thin field due to many of Europe's top players either staying in the states or taking a week off after the Masters, Jimenez will take this golden opportunity to try and become the first three-time winner from both the PGA Tour or the European Tour. He also won the Johnnie Walker Classic in February
 
With his win at the Masters, Phil Mickelson joined Jimenez as the only two-time winners this season.
 
Other familiar names in the field include Jean Van De Velde and Gary Evans.
 
Van De Velde, who has suffered from knee problems the two seasons, has made four of seven cuts this season with his best finish a tie for 20th at the Dubai Desert Classic.
 
But he will forever be remembered as the man who gave away the 1999 British Open championship. Coming to the 18th with a three-stroke lead, Van De Velde somehow produced a triple-bogey 7 to back into a playoff only lose out to eventual champion Paul Lawrie.
 
Evans, meanwhile, gained notoriety for having just missed out on the playoff in the 2002 British Open that was won by Ernie Els. Evans' monstrous par putt on the 17th on Sunday to momentarily keep his playoff hopes alive was punctuated with several wild fist pumps and a turning to the television cameras and pronouncing, 'That one's for you, mum!'
 
Evans finished one shot out of a four-man playoff that included Els, Steve Elkington, Stuart Appleby and Frenchman Thomas Levet. His best finish this year is a tie for 24th at both the Heineken Open and the ANZ Championship.
 
The purse for the event is $1,206,646 with $201,108 going to the winner.
 
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