Calling Miguel Angel Jimenez "golf's most interesting man" isn't exactly a bold take, and Golf Magazine's Alan Shipnuck showed why in an excellent feature on Jimenez this week.
Jimenez, 51, is known for his cigar-toting and tendency for brash quotes, but he also holds some interesting perspectives on life, golf and many things in between. After winning the 2014 Open de Espana and then the Champions tour season opener in Hawaii to begin this year, Jimenez is "in the conversation with Sam Snead, Tom Watson and Hale Irwin as the best "old" golfers in history," as Shipnuck writes.
But, as Shipnuck's article begins, some things with Jimenez begin outside of golf.
"Miguel, would you like some water?"
"My friend, water is for fish."
He pours himself a tall glass of 10-year-old Bushmills whiskey.
"Don't forget—your tee time is in 18 hours."
Jiménez, 51, arches an eyebrow but says nothing. He opens a small metal case and produces a Cuban cigar, which he fires up with gusto.
Jimenez was speaking not long after missing the cut at the Masters with a second-round 73. He was disappointed, but maintained a rational perspective.
"My score is s---, but I did not play s---. It happens. But my game feels good, I feel good about the rest of this season. The game will come. It always does."
Beneath the famous oak tree at Augusta National he fell into the warm embrace of his sons and his wife and hugs from a dozen well-wishers. Before leaving the grounds Jiménez offered a parting thought:
"I am here with the sun shining, I'm surrounded by friends and family, tonight I will eat good food, drink good wine, smoke a good cigar and make love to my beautiful wife. It's a good life, no?"
Shipnuck's feature is full of great quotes and insight into one of golf's greatest characters, and is definitely well worth a full read.