Jimenez Skips PLAYERS to Play in Spain


2007 Michelob Ultra Open at KingsmillANDALUCIA, Spain -- The European Tour returns to Spain for the second of five events countrywide.
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez is skipping THE PLAYERS Championship in order to play and promote the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia.
'This is my first tournament as a promoter and I'm thrilled to play in the event as well,' Jimenez said. 'Andalucia has sponsored me for many years and I have had the opportunity to play all around the world. This is a way of giving back for all the support they have given me.'
Four of his 13 European Tour titles have come on Spanish soil. Two of those wins -- Turespana Masters Open Andalucia and Volvo Masters -- came in the Andalucia region.
Last year, the Old Course at San Roque Club hosted for the second straight year. This year, the Aloha Golf Club will welcome the event. Aloha will play host to its first European Tour event, but it has been part of the Ladies European Tour in the past.
Niclas Fasth needed four playoff holes to defeat John Bickerton last year. Bickerton fired a final round nine-under 63 to force the extra session.
GOLF CHANNEL will air action all four days. Next up for the European Tour is the Irish Open, where Thomas Bjorn won last year in a Monday finish as the final round was pushed to Monday after heavy rain and wind halted action early on Sunday.
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