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Ryder Cup: Miguel Angel Jimenez wants to make history at Gleneagles

Miguel Angel Jimenez has said he will accept the offered vice-captaincy role for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles – but only if he fails in his audacious bid to make history by landing a place on the team.

The Spaniard celebrated his 50th birthday this past Sunday before heading to Durban for this week’s Volvo Golf Champions; an event for which he qualified by successfully defending his Hong Kong Open title in December last year.

It was also the play-off which gave him his 20th Euro Tour win – of which he’s achieved 13 since turning 40 – as well as extending his record as the oldest winner in Tour history.

Now there’s a determination from the player to become Europe’s oldest ever Ryder Cup player. If he’s successful then he will overtake Ted Ray, who was 50 years, two months and five days old at the inaugural contest in 1927.

Jimenez last appeared as a player at Celtic Manor in 2010, but firmly believes he could be in with a shout when the Ryder Cup rolls around. He said: “If I play well I believe I will be on the team.

“It’s difficult to maintain a high level but if my game is there I will be there. It would mean a lot to me, it’s still breaking records.”

McGinley, who served as vice-captain alongside Jimenez for the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012, has stated he won’t name his assistants until May or June.

Jimenez added: “He wants me to be a captain in the EurAsia Cup in March. I’m going to do that and if I’m not on the Ryder Cup team, probably I will be helping him at Gleneagles.”