Preview: Omega European Masters

 

Jimenez no fan of 13yo starter on European Tour

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland (AP) The European Tour's oldest champion has criticized the appearance of the tour's youngest ever competitor in the European Masters starting on Thursday.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, who was 48 when he won last year's Hong Kong Open, was introduced on the Crans-sur-Sierre practice range on Wednesday to Ye Wo-cheng, who was 12 in May when he contested the China Open and has since had another birthday.

Jimenez was at odds with a sponsor's decision to give Ye an invitation to compete this week.

He says, ``It is nice to see that golf is interesting no matter what the age but for me, a 13-year-old competing against professionals is a little a bit too young.

``People want to start things too early and a 13-year-old should be playing alongside other 13-year-olds and not players averaging 33 years of age.''

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Omega European Masters field
Felipe AguilarThomas AikenBjorn Akesson
Edouard AmacherFredrik Andersson HedKiradech Aphibarnrat
Matthew BaldwinScott BarrSeve Benson
Ken BenzGaganjeet BhullarThomas Bjorn
Richard BlandAndre BossertGregory Bourdy
Kristoffer BrobergJorge CampilloAlejandro Canizares
Magnus A. CarlssonPaul CaseyChristian Cevaer
S.S.P. ChowrasiaDarren ClarkeRobert Coles
Adilson Da SilvaEduardo De La RivaRaphael De Sousa
Matteo DelpodioRobert-Jan DerksenChris Doak
Stephen DoddAndrew DodtJamie Donaldson
David DrysdaleVictor DubuissonSimon Dyson
Johan EdforsMathieu FenasseGonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Darren FichardtRichard FinchOliver Fisher
Ross FisherTommy FleetwoodMark Foster
Marcus FraserLorenzo GagliStephen Gallacher
Ignacio GarridoDavid GleesonJean-Baptiste Gonnet
Ricardo GonzalezBranden GraceJoonas Granberg
Richard GreenEmiliano GrilloMathias Gronberg
Anders HansenSoren HansenPadraig Harrington
Andreas HartoeGregory HavretScott Hend
Scott HenryBerry HensonMichael Hoey
Keith HorneDavid HorseyDavid Howell
Mikko IlonenThongchai JaideeMiguel Angel Jimenez
Pariya JunhasavasdikulAlexandre KalekaShiv Kapur
Rikard KarlbergMaximilian KiefferSoren Kjeldsen
Masanori KobayashiBrooks KoepkaEspen Kofstad
Mikko KorhonenJbe' KrugerMaarten Lafeber
Anirban LahiriJose Manuel LaraPablo Larrazabal
Paul LawriePeter LawrieCraig Lee
Thomas LevetAlexander LevyTom Lewis
Hao-Tong LiDavid LipskyGary Lockerbie
Jean-Francois LucquinJoost LuitenMardan Mamat
Matteo ManasseroGareth MaybinDamien McGrane
Prom MeesawatFrancesco MolinariJonathan Moore
James MorrisonC MuniyappaChapchai Nirat
Matthew NixonJose Maria OlazabalWade Ormsby
Hennie OttoChris PaisleyRenato Paratore
John ParryEddie PepperellKieran Pratt
Phillip PriceAngelo QueJulien Quesne
Alvaro QuirosHimmat Singh RaiRichie Ramsay
Martin RomingerBrett RumfordBenjamin Rusch
Ricardo SantosMohd SiddikurDigvijay Singh
Jeev Milkha SinghJoel SjoholmLee Slattery
Richard SterneGraeme StormSven Struver
Fredrik SvanbergAlessandro TadiniNicolas Thommen
Simon ThorntonMark TulloPeter Uihlein
Damian UlrichJaco Van ZylArnond Vongvanij
Simon WakefieldAnthony WallJustin Walters
Paul WaringMarc WarrenRomain Wattel
Peter WhitefordMartin WiegeleDanny Willett
Thaworn WiratchantWo-cheng YeFabrizio Zanotti
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10None0
TOP 25None0
TOP 50Jamie Donaldson (32),Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (34),Matteo Manassero (37),Victor Dubuisson (39),Francesco Molinari (40),Thomas Bjorn (46),Thongchai Jaidee (49),Richard Sterne (50)8
TOP 100Branden Grace (52),Miguel Angel Jimenez (53),Joost Luiten (60),Stephen Gallacher (61),Peter Uihlein (64),Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70),Brett Rumford (78),Ross Fisher (82),Mikko Ilonen (83),Paul Lawrie (87),Paul Casey (88),Brooks Koepka (92),David Howell (98),Pablo Larrazabal (99)14