The Jimenez legend grows

 

Miguel Angel Jimenez Hawaii

THE Miguel Angel Jimenez legend continues to grow with the Spanish golfer tagged as “the world’s most interesting man” winning the season opening event on the 2015 US Champions Tour.

Jimenez rallied at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii with six birdies in his final nine holes for a one-stroke victory over America’s Mark O’Meara.

The 51 year old Spaniard closed with a 6-under 66 for his second victory in just three career starts on the 50-and-over tour. He broke a tie with O’Meara with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.

“It was uphill against the grain and into the wind,” said Jimenez, a 21-time winner on the European Tour. “I knew I had to hit it hard.”

Jimenez won the Greater Gwinnett Championship last year, a week after finishing fourth in the Masters. In his other Champions Tour start, he tied for eighth in the Senior British Open in July. In May, he won the Spanish Open at 50 years, 133 days to break his own record as the oldest European Tour champion.

Jimenez finished at 17-under on the weekend, with two-time Champions Tour winner o’Meara (64) second (for the 15th time) on 16-under, Fred Couples (66) third on 14-under and overnight joint leader Rocco Mediate (70) fourth a stroke further back.

Hang on to your cigars, Jimenez has turned 50

 

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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