Miguel Angel Jimenez is a refreshing throwback to golfers past (Walter Hagen for instance) who enjoys life and makes no apologies about it.
In this long entertaining chat with SI.com, Jimenez talks about (among other things) how he met his 2nd wife.
“She was on the course watching the golf, and she followed us for eight holes,” Jiménez says. “At one point I leaned over and said to my caddie, ‘I see a beautiful blonde over there, wearing nice pants with a beautiful ass. I want to know exactly where she is on every part of the golf course.’ I would be waiting for my turn to hit, and I’d look over at her. Our eyes locked for a moment, and I smiled. And she smiled back. When I went to the driving range, I saw her there and we started talking—in English!”
“How does she keep you young?”
“More than 50 years since I was born,” Jiménez says, then points a finger southward, “but I’m only 20 down there.”
“Are you feeling your golfing mortality?”
“I’m not dead!” Jiménez says, voice rising. “I still feel competitive. I am still competing. I have to say one thing: What I appreciate the most is that I have spent more than half my life playing on the tour. And I’ve played with Nicklaus and Player, with Palmer, with Seve. I’ve played with Tiger and Rory, with all different generations. And I have seen all kinds of golf. I can say that I identify more with the old style than the new. I move the ball left to right and right to left—more like the way of the artist. The modern game is more about power. Of course I respect that too, because it is also an art to hit the ball so far.