"So no, I was not disappointed to miss the Ryder Cup. If you're game is not fit to play, it's better that you're not there. You have to be in the right position and your game has to be in the right condition for you to contribute to the team, " he confessed.
Jimenez address at Hacienda Del Alamo
"But I watched it all on the television and I was very proud of the European team,"said Jimenez before racing off to catch up with his playing partner Lisa, faced with a ball sitting on top of one of the waste areas which flank every hole.
Here, like many of Spain's modern courses, the surface is covered with fine gravel which keeps the ball visible and the play moving. To play the shot well, says the Spaniard, demands good balance in your stance and precise ball striking, even though, unlike bunkers, you are allowed to ground your club at address.
"You have to treat these conditions as if you are in a bunker," Jimenez advises, "to pick the ball off the top.
"I always say you should try to maintain your balance through the swing and don't try to swing too hard, because your feet are certain to slip a little. Grip down the club and focus on the ball. Swing easy and not too steep, so you can catch the bottom of the ball first and sweep it away."
As the round continued, nerves subsided and everyone's confidence grew in the presence of the master tactician, who next week will be representing Spain, alongside Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the WGC World Cup at the refurbished Sandy Lane course in Barbados.