Jacklin tips Jimenez to create Hoylake history

Mon May 26, 2014 5:21am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool is the home of music giants The Beatles and the city's exalted five-times European soccer champions and in July it may also be the stage where Miguel Angel Jimenez creates golfing history, says Tony Jacklin.

None of the four major championships has ever been won by a player in his 50s but Jacklin believes the evergreen Spaniard can make the breakthrough in the British Open at Royal Liverpool in two months' time.

Jimenez became the first 50-year-old to win a European Tour event when he lifted the Spanish Open title eight days ago and Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup captain says he has all the right credentials to succeed at the Hoylake venue.

"Miguel is amazing," Jacklin told Reuters in an interview during last week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. "This guy, if he retains his form, has the ideal game.

"Links golf is not about power, not Hoylake anyway. Look at Tiger Woods when he won there in 2006, he used a two-iron off the tee all the way through.

"The power guys are certainly going to have to temper their games there because there will be a lot more patience needed."

The 69-year-old Jacklin, who won the British Open in 1969 and the U.S. Open in 1970, also said it was imperative to avoid the traps at Royal Liverpool.

"You need to stay out of the fairway bunkers there, put a red line around all of them in your head, because you simply cannot get on the green from them," he added.   Continued...

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder