Miguel Ángel became just the second man in the history of the European Tour to reach 700 events in his 32nd consecutive season on Tour when he teed it up at The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club last week.
He holds the record as the oldest winner in European Tour history after his victory at the Open de España in 2014 aged 50 years and 133 days, and the record for the most holes-in-one following his tenth professional ace at the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Miguel said: “This is a very proud moment for myself and my family and to reach the milestone of 700 events on the European Tour at the Open Championship makes it even more enjoyable.
“Of course I am now only six tournaments away from tying, and seven away from beating the all-time record of 706 tournaments held by my great friend Sam Torrance. I don’t know exactly when that will happen but the record is definitely in my sights!”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, added: “Miguel has been a trailblazer not just on the European Tour but also on the Senior circuit, with two Senior Majors to his name to date, and I am sure they sit proudly alongside his 21 European Tour titles and the many records already associated with his tremendous career.
“On behalf of the European Tour we congratulate Miguel on his 700th appearance - a phenomenal achievement - and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for one of Spain’s favourite golfing sons.”
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of the R&A, said: “The Open Championship is always very special and this week we are making history by staging the championship at Royal Portrush for the first time since 1951. In many ways that sense of history is added to by Miguel’s remarkable achievement.
“Like most people I was always a huge admirer of Seve Ballesteros and the magic of the way the Spanish players play the game is exemplified by Miguel. It is a great privilege for us that the 2019 Open Championship is Miguel’s 700th European Tour event and everyone at the R&A wishes him well for the future.”