by Jeff Skinner
The European Tour, and the world for that matter, welcomes cool back to the world of golf this week. The Coolest Guy in Golf is back on the course as Miguel Angel Jimenez tees it up at The Open de Espana.
Jimenez is playing for the first time since breaking his leg in a skiing accident back in December. No golfer, including Fred Couples or Masters Champ Adam Scott exudes the essence of cool like Miguel.
Whether it’s is fascinating exercise routine, the cigar and wine regimen or the fact that a 49 year old can still beat the kids like he did last year in Hong Kong, Miguel radiates cool. The oldest winner in European Tour history is thrilled to be back with his friends and it is only fitting that he makes his debut in his cherished homeland.
“I can’t wait to be back on Tour with my friends and I’d hate to miss the chance of playing at El Saler. Javier Arana’s wonderful design blends beautifully with its natural surroundings, both in the pine trees area and in the dunes area. For me it’s the best course in Spain and I love all the holes. It’s a beautiful layout with a strong finish; the 17th is a good par three towards the dunes and the 18th is spectacular. Once you play at El Saler you get hooked.”
And he is rounding back in to shape, no doubt with that intense stretching routine. “My leg is improving daily,” said Jimenez. I work out every morning in the gym and I’m actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. I am not one hundred per cent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.”