Miguel Jiménez’s life less ordinary

2014-04-27 15:00

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Flamboyant Spanish golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez continues to put his own distinctive stamp on the sport in a very big way globally.

Chief among the 50-year-old’s style trademarks is puffing on a cigar while playing – just to ease the nerves and look ever so cool during tournaments.

Last Sunday, he opened yet another chapter in his distinguished, trendsetting career by winning his debut Champions Tour in style.

He shot a course record 65 in the final round to lift the Greater Gwinnett Championship trophy at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluf, Georgia.

The tour features golfers aged 50 and older.

The Malaga-born Jiménez beat Germany’s Bernhard Langer by two strokes to register his maiden victory on the US senior circuit.

Jiménez’s impressive showing marks him out as the premier golfer in the age group as he finished fourth at the US Masters two weeks ago – the best Masters finish for a senior player since American Sam Snead came third in 1963.

This accomplishment is no mean feat for a senior.

Jiménez holds the distinction of having captured 20 victories in Europe.

His last win was at the Hong Kong Open in December, which saw him become the oldest winner on tour.

Off the course, Jiménez is a self-confessed occasional lover of the company of ladies half his age.

Unlike most players on tour, the man nicknamed Mechanic also enjoys fine wines and cigars to go with his affinity for winning tournaments.

This week, European Tour veteran Thomas Bjørn was quoted as saying: “Miguel enjoys everything about the lifestyle of the game and that’s very important.

“Travelling as much as we do, eating out as much as we do, being away from a steady home life, Miguel embraces it all and enjoys himself.”

Jiménez, who is easily recognised by his trademark ponytail, also relishes being seen in his home town, cruising the streets in his 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello – much to the delight of his fans.

The Spaniard now wants to focus on his home tour and qualify for the Ryder Cup in Scotland in September.

If he qualifies, he will be the oldest member of the European team. He has featured in the event four times before.

With his relaxed lifestyle and the sheer joy he takes in competing on the circuit, chances are good the Mechanic will continue to notch up victories for many years to come.

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