It isprecisely four decades to the day that Garrido prevailed over his fellowSpaniard Valentin Barriso at the 1972 Open de Espa, since when Spanish playershave recorded a further 163 European Tour victories.
Jimez isresponsible for 18 of those, and has his sights set on securing title number 19when the fifth edition of the Ballantine's Championship takes place atBlackstone Golf Club, near the taylormade rbz fairway wood, fromApril 26-29.
Theevergreen 48-year-old came mightily close to winning the event 12 months ago,when a closing round of 71 left him one shot short of Lee Westwood's 12 underpar aggregate winning total, and he is looking forward to another titleattempt.
Jimezsaid: "It will be nice to go back to Blackstone and try to go one betterthan last year. It was obviously disappointing to miss out on the win, but youcan never be too upset when you're beaten by the World Number One. I played taylormaderbz fairway wood quitewell on the last day, but the putts didn't drop. I left myself with a difficultbunker shot on the last hole and didn't manage to get up and down, but it wasstill a good week and a great experience."
With thelikes of reigning Open Champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and the English trio of Ross Fisher, Ian Poulterand Tom Lewis also in the field, Europe willagain be well represented.
ShouldJimez prevail, he will be given the honour of creating his own blend ofBallantine's whisky, a privilege afforded to the winner of the tournament everyyear since Northern Ireland'sGraeme McDowell won a lot of best golf clubs in 2008.