Difficult week ends for Jimenez, Olazabal


A difficult weekend came to an end Sunday for Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at the Spanish Open. Both lost their mentor Saturday when Seve Ballesteros died after a 2 ½ year bout with brain cancer.

“I played rubbish,” Jimenez said. “I felt tired and never found my rhythm. In the end I lost motivation and only wanted to finish.”

Jimenez shot a final-round 73, tied for 46th place and finished at 4-over-par 292, well behind winner Thomas Aiken. Olazabal shot a final-round 77 and finished at 8 over. Both men applauded the gallery for support in dealing with Ballesteros’ death.

“The public was wonderful and I am very grateful to them,” Olazabal said. “Seve’s friendship meant a lot to me. He brought many things to my life both as a professional and as a person.”