There are a few changes ahead for Jim�nez. He and his wife, Montserrat, will soon trade their hillside house in Benalm�dena for a remodeled manse in Churriana—the wine cellar is under construction—so his wife's parents can more easily babysit sons Miguel Angel, 5, and Victor, 1, when Miguel is off on his long trips. Those trips will get longer. Jim�nez plans to play 15 PGA Tour events next year, starting with an early-season stretch on the West Coast when the European tour is humping through Africa, Asia and Australia. He swears, however, that he will never move to the States or anywhere far from the Costa del Sol. Not for fame. Certainly not for fortune. "Money helps you live," he says, "but your values have to be the same. To love people and be with people is more important."
When we last saw him, he was walking up one of those narrow, twisted lanes into the shadows between whitewashed buildings. No fanfare. No streamers. But when you live life as fully as Miguel Angel Jim�nez, who needs them?