Miguel Angel Jiménez
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Scorecard
Biography
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5
5
4
3
4
4
2
5
5
37
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
33
70
2
4
4
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36
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36
72
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36
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7
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39
75
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4
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4
3
3
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4
34
4
6
4
4
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3
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37
71
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5
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3
4
4
3
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5
36
5
4
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5
4
3
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4
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72
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520
411
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449
388
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545
3567
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419
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406
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431
193
437
459
3595
7162
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5
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5
5
37
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36
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5
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5
2
5
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36
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34
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36
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403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
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11
12
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18
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TOTAL
1
4
4
3
4
4
3
3
4
4
33
70
2
4
4
3
4
5
4
2
4
6
36
72
3
5
5
3
4
4
4
3
7
4
39
75
4
4
6
4
4
4
4
3
4
4
37
71
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
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Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
12
Birdies
4
4
3
4
15
13
Pars
12
11
11
12
46
13
Bogeys
2
2
3
1
8
23
Double Bogeys/+
0
1
1
1
3
4
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
28
27
29
27
28
22
Putts per GIR
1.83
1.64
1.9
1.7
1.77
18
Greens in regulation
66.67 %
61.11 %
55.56 %
55.56 %
59.72 %
24
Sand Saves
1/1
2/2
1/1
1/1
5/5

Born: 5 January 1964.

Turned pro: 1982.

Country: Spain.

Family: Wife - Susanna Styblo. Children - Miguel Angle, Victor.

Special interests: Cars.

Career highlights: A winner of 26 tournaments worldwide and a member of several Ryder Cup teams.

2015 highlights: Won his second Champions Tour event.

2015 Majors: The Masters - MC. The US Open - MC. The Open - MC. The PGA Championship - MC.

NGC record: Sixth appearance. 1999 - 11, 2000 - 12, 2008 - 12, 2010 - 4, 2014 - 6.

Story

ESPN have called him "the most interesting man in the world".

He loves fast cars, earning him the nickname "The Mechanic". He eschews the mineral water and low-carb diet of the modern professional, preferring instead to soak himself in a good red wine and finish it off with a cigar.

He's been known to say, "I don't always look at my yardage book, but when I do it is with my favourite cigar". And then he goes and finishes fourth at the Masters this year. At the age of 50. And he gets married this year. At the age of 50.

"Most interesting man in the world" Hell, forget that says longstanding golf writer Jaime Diaz. "Miguel Angel Jiminez is so much more intriguing than that".

He lives large and plays golf with a deeper insight about the place of the game in his life.

But make no mistake, Jiminez is not all just fun and games. He is a serious competitor.

"For me, just coming to play on the Tour just to get a salary, it's better to go home. I want to win."

How badly Well, when once he was asked if his desire to win stretched to even wanting to beat his teenage sons on the golf course, Jiminez smiled in an uncomfortable way, knowing he was in a corner.

Is he a competitor, or a father

He punched the air with his fist. "Win".

Enough said.

One of seven brothers, Jiminez first started playing golf at the age of 15. In 1979, while caddying at the Spanish Open, he was inspired by the play of Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance and decided to take the game more seriously.

Known more for his ability as the complete package rather than any strong individual part of his game, and which is being honed by South African coach Jamie Gough, Jiminez has gone on to win 21 times on the European Tour, play in several victorious European Ryder Cup teams, be an equally strong vice-captain in many of them, made a record eight appearances in the Seve Trophy and represented Spain 13 times in World Cups.

In 2004 he had one of his most prolific seasons when he won four times on his way to finishing fourth on the European Tour's money list. He had another run of victories with his three wins in 2010.

And in 2014 he became the oldest winner on the European Tour, at the age of 50 years and 133 days, with his victory in the Open de Espana.

Let's face it, even when the man warms up it becomes and internet sensation.

Diaz relates a Jose Maria Olazabal story about his close friend Jiminez. "He is standing nearly naked in front of a locker-room mirror (the mind's eye can't avoid a vision of bikini briefs), and saying, 'I am such a beautiful man'."

But there is a hard-working side to a man who early on in life had to join his brothers in the job market to support the family. Jiminez worked as a mechanic for a time, earning him his most enduring nickname.

After turning professional in 1982, he made five attempts at the European Tour's Qualifying School before finally securing his card.

His first victory on the European Tour came in the 1992 Belgian Open. In 2000 he began to make an impact at Major Championship level with his finish if tied second in the US Open. In 2001 he had a tied 10th finish in the Masters and tied third in the Open, and followed this up with tied ninth in the 2002 Masters.

He tried to take his game to the PGA Tour, but is said to have missed the fuller life offered by the European Tour.

And it's quite obviously a life that is good for Jiminez's game, with him winning 14 times since turning 40.

There's also no sense that he's going to be taking it easier either. When he broke his shin in a skiing accident in 2012, he was asked if he would be giving up skiing in order to protect his golf career. "No," he said simply. Why "Because I like it."

And that is what so many of Jiminez's peers admire about his approach to golf. He likes it, while others are obsessed and sometimes haunted by it. Where some might fear the choke or the nerves tingling in their bodies, Jiminez embraces that knot in his stomach as a sign that he is still very much alive as a competitor.

And as a writer such as Diaz has noted, he is very much real. As real as the soil from the Malaga of his childhood, where for 2 800 years they've perfected the art of living.

"If you ask why I'm a comfortable-looking man, maybe it's because I come from a nice family. Poor, but always happy. Money helps you live better, but happiness is from the soul. Playing golf has been my job and my joy. Is there a luckier way to make a living"

"To have played a few practice holes with Arnold Palmer. To have competed with Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time. To have played golf with Gary Player and Tom Watson and Seve and Ollie and Langer and Els and Phil and Faldo and Tiger and Vijay and Norman and Woosnam and Lyle and Price and Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington and Sergio and Couples and Crenshaw and Kite and Love and Rose and Scott and now the next generation, Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero. All the generations of my 50 years. I am so lucky."

As a result of this kind of grounding, Jiminez calls it as he sees it. Who can forget his response to Jim Kelly's question on stage during the gala dinner of the 2008 Nedbank Golf Challenge. Kelly asked Jiminez to rate Nick Faldo's performance as captain of the European team that year, and started him off with, "Would you give him an A, B, C, D...", to which Jiminez added, "Or an E, F, G, H..."

Jiminez also gives back to the game that has been so good to him, through his support of junior golf in Spain. And when the European Tour's Andalucia Open was in severe financial difficulties, Jiminez reached into his own pocket to try and save it, sponsoring it for a few years.

According to Diaz, he even asked Tiger Woods to play in the tournament in an attempt to save it.

And he asked in his own inimitable way. "He'd say, 'Tiger, why don't you play Money I don't have any money. But I will put you in a nice hotel, cook you some great meals and you can save my event."

Jiminez has never really lit up the fairways in the Nedbank Golf Challenge. But it's his ability to light up those fabulous cigars and have a bit of fun with the galleries that make him such a pleasure to watch. "Before I leave on a trip, I'll pick up some Cohiba cigars. You never know if they'll have them where I'm going."