Indian Open: Evergreen Jimenez set to add colour

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 18 February 2015, 01:39 PM

Known for his love for Cuban cigars, vintage wine and passion for blazing fast cars, evergreen Spain legend Angel Miguel Jimenez - also known as ‘The Mechanic’ - is set to dazzle when he tees off at the tricky DGC for the Hero Indian Open golf starting Thursday.

“I played in India in 2008. So it is good to be back. I am looking forward to the week at the Delhi Golf Club,” says the 51-year-old, who has defied age to clinch an incredible 14 titles out of his 21 European Tour wins since turning 40.

“I played a few holes this morning and it is an old style course where you do not have to hit the ball 300 yards off every tee. One has to be accurate and keep the ball in the fairway, otherwise you will be in trouble. The rough can be very difficult to play from and you can get a lot of fliers.

“It’s going to be very difficult to keep the ball under control from the rough, so I think you have to be playing from the fairway. The tee shots will be the most important factor this week. If you can keep it in play off the tee then you will build the score from there,” he explains.

Jimenez made a perfect start to 2015 when he won in Hawaii on the US Champions Tour. He also finished tied seventh in Thailand last week and will be the cynosure of all eyes when he embarks in his bid to break his own record of being the oldest winner on the European Tour.

Ask him about his secret and he says: “What is my secret?  It’s simple � I am doing what I love to do in my life and that is the secret. If I didn’t still love to play golf and to compete then I wouldn’t be here. But this is my life and I am happy and I am still competing at a good level so I will continue to play.”

Often described as ‘the most interesting golfer in the world’, Jimenez has an eye for sophistication.

Ask him about his cigars and he pulls a packet of cuban ones out of his pocket. “I carry them with me all the time. You never know if you will get it," he says with a smile.

First Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 01:27 PM
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