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Tuesday
Apr222014

World's Most Interesting Golfer Ryder Cup Worthy?

With his Masters performance and now a win in his Champions Tour debut, should Miguel Angel Jimenez be consideration of Captain Paul McGinley?

Jimenez wants on the team and Derek Lawrenson says the idea doesn't seem as nutty as it did last summer after a win in Hong Kong Open when Jimenez made his ambitions clear.

And now? If the match was taking place tomorrow, you'd want him in the team.

Never mind that he doesn't hit the ball very far and his Ryder Cup record isn't great.

Think about what he does bring to the party, what he'd be like in the team room, the  crowd reaction when he walks to the first tee, and the fact  that in the only home Ryder Cup he has played in, at Celtic Manor in 2010, he won two matches  out of three.

And so, this summer, the world's most interesting golfer - to quote the headline accompanying an American magazine feature - will become the most intriguing sub-plot. Will he achieve his once-impossible dream? One thing's for sure: every overweight, 50-something club golfer from here to California will be cheering him on.

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When asked on a TV spot if he'd give up wine and cigars to win a major he answered emphatically NO!
A definite first choice for the captain but I reckon he will make the automatic selection anyway. His points from WGC and Majors will count even in the European part of the system.
Most of the times that Ryder Cup captains have gone with the "wily veteran" pick it has not really worked out.

Jimenez is a very different case; still a contender at age 50 while playing a pretty full schedule, and if he earns his way onto the team there will be no debate.

Would think he'd be a force in matchplay and surely the kind of fellow you'd want alongside you as a teammate.
04.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
He's 9th on the Euro list and 10th on the World list -- would miss an automatic selection by 1 spot if qualifying ended today. I was surprised to see Victor Doobysun at #1 on the Euro list.
04.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
The guy is an absolute animal. I would want him on any team I was on. Does he play 3 on 3 hoops?
04.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterFG-17
If he qualifies, great. If he's on the bubble nearer the Cup matches, what's his form? The picks need to be used to make the best team, as the captain decides, much nearer to the time of the RC, not now.
04.22.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
I really enjoy watching this "old guy" do his thing... a throwback to the way the old pros used to play. No weights or exercise, no entourages, no swing doctors, no shrinks, and probably most importantly - no worries.

You just get the feeling that he's a very content guy who enjoys playing golf and living life. What a great character given this cookie-cutter age that has diluted personality and genuine, heartfelt spirit.

He's a fresh breath of air, cigars and all.
04.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
He'd be a great guy to have in the 4-balls and in the locker room...as well as be the unofficial wine steward for the team.

Go Mechanic! Give em hell this year!!
04.22.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Agree with PA PLAYA whats more he appears to be well liked by professionals on both sides of the pond. Might lift the anxiety level around the RC a little for everyone
John
04.22.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morris
I would pay good money to see the US Ryder Cup team all doing MAJ's warm up routine, in the rain, in Scotland, with their new rain coats on.
PA PLAYA sorry to disappoint you! He does work out.
GC story last year after his leg break. "My leg is improving daily,' the 2012 Ryder Cup vice captain told reporters earlier this week. 'I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab."
The purpose of the RyderCup is to promote golf, if so put him on the team, no good reason not to.
Colin, I'm sure he "worked out" while he was rehabbing his injury. But I feel pretty confident that normal "work outs" for Angel would involve stretching and flexibility-related endeavors.

Unless my eyes are deceiving me and his potbelly is a figment of my imagination.

None of this ill mentioned, by the way. He has been on my dream foursome list for several years, couldn't think of a more pleasant tour pro that I'd enjoy playing with and not feel completely insecure with my ratty C game on display.
04.23.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
It's made the rounds earlier, but kind of funny.

MAJ:

He doesn't win trophies, trophies win him.

Presidents take HIS birthday off!

He once taught a German Shepherd to bark in Spanish

Three footers get nervous when he stands over them.

Beverage cart girls tip him.

He signed his scorecard and won a Pulitzer.

Stakes change colors in his presence.
04.24.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinGHIN

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