Miguel Angel Jimenez plans to keep contributing money from his own pocket to assure the continuation of the Andalucian Open.
Jimenez, who is based in Malaga and is the tournament's promoter, has won 18 times on the European Tour, including four in the Andalucian region. And he has reportedly given ?500,000 ($560,000) over the past three years to keep the Andalucian Open going.
''It is very important for me that this tournament goes forward and all I am trying to do is do my best,'' Jimenez said. ''With the way the economy is at present it is difficult to stage any big sporting event because it is not easy to find sponsorship money.
''So, while it would be very easy for me to give up I don't want to give up and want there to be a tournament in this region of Spain.''
This year's tournament will be played at the Aloha course near Marbella on the Costa del Sol. The ?1 million ($1.3 million) purse is one of the smallest on the 2012...