Whether you refer to him as “The Mechanic”, “The Most Interesting Golfer in the World”, or simply Miguel Angel Jimenez, for the remainder of the day you can also call him the second round leader at the 2013 British Open. Thanks to a second round that saw him card an even par 71 and remain at three under par for the tournament, Jimenez will take a one shot lead over several big names into the weekend. The list of golfers on the heels of The Mechanic is quite impressive. Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson are all currently tied for runner-up.
Jimenez is widely regarded as one of the most interesting personalities in professional golf. The 49 year-old Spaniard is perhaps known more for his trademark curly pony tail, unorthodox warm-up routine and the cigars that are often spotted in his mouth than for his golf game. That could very well change if he manages to hold onto the lead at the Open Championship. As you see below, Keegan Bradley is quite enamored with the man that is Miguel Angel Jimenez.
On range after my round Miguel a Jimenez walked past me with aviator sunglasses, cigar and bottle of wine. Maybe he is the coolest man alive
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) July 18, 2013
Today marks the first time in a long career that Jimenez has lead a major championship after 36 holes. It was about as unexciting an 18 holes as you will find at Muirfield for the British Open. He carded one birdie and one bogey one each side. Jimenez managed to navigate the wind and quick conditions en route to the top of the leaderboard.
If he winds up winning this tournament, I will do everything in my power to find a way into the victory party. That thing will be epic.