I am often amazed at the number of North American golfers who don’t watch the European Tour. I find it to be some of the most exciting golf on TV and the players are not only talented, they are entertaining as well.
And one of my very favorite “entertainers”, Miguel Angel Jimenez, just proved that golf is ageless.
At the ripe age of 44, the Spaniard is the oldest winner ever of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. But like fine wine, he just keeps getting better. This past weekend, he had played some of the best golf of his life, coming from a 4 shot deficit to beat Oliver Wilson in a 2 hole playoff.
Always a favorite with the crowds, Jimenez wears designer shoes that you’d more likely see on a runway than on a golf course – he’s always got a cigar close at hand – he loves his wine and he sports a bushy poneytail that begs to be pulled (or cut off :)) He’s also known affectionately as “The Mechanic” for his love of fast cars.
With this win, Miguel Angel shot to the top of the European Order of Merit and the European Ryder Cup standings.
Jimenez is just so much fun to watch. I’m thrilled he’ll be joining the European Team this fall. Just to give you a bit more about his characater…When the players at the 2004 Ryder Cup were asked about their “needs”, Jimenez asked for “Rioja wine, an espresso machine – and cigars”. haha…
Gotta love him!
Jimenez stakes Ryder Cup claim
By Lewine Mair
26 May 2008
MIGUEL Angel Jimenez took a mammoth cigar from his mouth before proclaiming that his win in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth felt “great”. At 44, he had played some of the finest golf of his life as he came from four shots back to defeat the…read more…
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