Ponytail sporting, cigar smoking Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez will have the start to his 2013 golf season delayed by as much as three to five months due to a recent injury. Jimenez broke his leg as the result of a fall from a skiing accident.
“I was skiing in Sierra Nevada, I lost control and fell,” Jimenez was quoted as saying in a statement. “I felt a huge stab of pain and I knew straight away I had broken something. I broke the top of the tibia in my right leg, just where it meets the knee, and they put in two pins. It will take three, four or five months to recover and be able to return to competition. I was playing very well but … these things happen in life.”
The soon to be 49-year-old golfer is far and away one of the biggest personalities in golf today. His love of cigars and wine (and ponytails) has been well documented. Apparently he is an avid skier, too, but it looks like he needs some more practice on the slopes.
Jimenez was the vice captain for the victorious European Ryder Cup team in 2012. He also became the oldest European Tour winner in November when he captured the title at the Hong Kong Open. That victory was the 19th of his career.
It’s unfortunate that Jimenez has to deal with this injury, as it is sure to derail any momentum that he was set to carry into the 2013 season. If he is to return in three to five months as he hopes, the rehab that he is sure be required to complete will have to go exactly as planned, which isn’t necessarily a given for someone who will be 49 in two days.
Here’s hoping that Jimenez gets healthy and is able to get back out and compete soon. I wonder who is going to step up the antics in his absence.