To many, he’s “the most interesting man in golf”. At 50 years old, Miguel Angel Jimenez can nearly always be found with a cigar – unlit on the grounds of Augusta National, of course – or a glass of good Spanish wine. His stretching warmup routine has gone viral on the internet, and year by year, he seems to add to his legend with each solid performance in a major championship.
A 20-time champion on the European Tour, Jimenez has never won on this side of the pond, but beginning Sunday just two shots behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson, he’s got as good a chance as anybody to don the green jacket in Butler Cabin this evening.
Considering all his success over the last 20 years, it’s hard to imagine that Jimenez’s biggest victory could come at a time when, by most conventional wisdom, he really shouldn’t be able to hang with the young guns of the PGA Tour. Even Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest players of all time, last won at Augusta at 46. But if there’s one thing that keeps Jimenez going, it’s that passion for life that allows him to still pull off that curly ponytail at his age.
“When you reach the 50s, it’s not about how you feel now, because people take more care of themselves and you are more healthier at this age, no?” Jimenez said after shooting the lowest round of the week, a Saturday 66. “Probably the main thing is that I’m doing what I like to do in my life, and I’m enjoying it completely.
One thing is for sure, if Jimenez can pull off the win on Sunday, his celebration will be one to remember. Here’s to hoping he sticks around deep into the afternoon, just to keep things “interesting”.