Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thongchai Jaidee to join Ernie Els at Macau Open

Spaniard, a four-time Hong Kong Open winner, will debut at the October tournament in neighbouring city

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 July, 2014, 11:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 9:24am


Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee will join South African great Ernie Els at the US$900,000 Venetian Macau Open in October.

Jimenez, a four-time winner of the Hong Kong Open (2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013), will be making his debut at the Macau Golf and Country Club from October 23-26. 

Evergreen Jimenez, who is ranked 27th in the world, and Thongchai (33rd) are both multiple winners on the European and Asian Tours with 36 titles between them and captained their respective continents to a dramatic tie at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia this year.

I love playing in Asia and I've enjoyed great success in the region
Miguel Angel Jimenez 

In May, Jimenez claimed his national Open, the Open de Espana, for the first time in 27 attempts.

He said: "I love playing in Asia and I've enjoyed great success in the region. I have heard a lot about Macau and it is time for me to experience it."

Thongchai clinched his sixth European Tour title at the Nordea Masters in Sweden in June.

The Thai finished 13th in Macau last year behind winner Australian Scott Hend, while four-time major winner Els was third.