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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez from the first round of the 2014 Masters, wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses, is just one more example of why some compare him to "The Most Interesting Man in the World" featured in the Dos Equis commercials.

To fellow pro golfers, Miguel Angel Jimenez is known as "The Mechanic" for his love of high-performance vehicles like his red Ferrari.

To the rest of us who follow the game, he's become known as "The World's Most Interesting Golfer" because of the numerous similarities to "The World's Most Interesting Man" from the Dos Equis commercials.

You can't help but smile when you look at Jimenez. He's a man with his own style -- the red, curly ponytail under the PING hat and the aviator shades and, of course, the fine cigar and glass of Rioja that seem to occupy each hand after he signs his scorecard.

It's hard to say when exactly the comparisons started. The ads made their debut in 2006 in the United States, but it would have certainly taken time to become the well-known part of pop culture it is today.'s Jason Sobel, made the reference in a blog while at ESPN, covering the 2009 Open Championship. Jimenez held the first-round lead at Turnberry.

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That fictional character played by actor Jonathan Goldsmith in the Dos Equis commercials is known for the outlandish things he does. He enjoys fine cigars. His drink of choice -- naturally -- is Dos Equis beer. Overall, he seems to enjoy life more than anyone else.

Jimenez? He does outlandish stuff like this:


Hits shots like this:

And smokes cigars, like this, before (and after) major championship rounds:

And, most of all, he looks like he enjoys life more than the rest of us.

He's an enigma.

We dug up an interview from from 2011. In the piece, agent Chubby Chandler (who represents Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood among others), had this to say of Jimenez:

"He's a man of his own and everyone appreciates him. He lives his life and plays the game the way he wants to. He never rushes anything, he savors everything. He just inhales life, and he exudes it. I've never known someone more comfortable in his own skin than Miguel."

What's better than that?

There was also this from the article:

"It is important, no, to love what you are doing?” asks Jimenez. "It is important to enjoy the things that life brings you. I always know that when I start to play golf, that this is what I would like to do. I become good enough to be successful and have many good things for my life."

Right then, Jimenez picks up the reporter’s tape recorder from the table and holds it close to his mouth, like a microphone: "I just want to say that golf is a beautiful game and it has given me a beautiful life."

During the 2013 Open Championship, Sobel asked Jimenez if he was aware of his comparisons to the World's Most Interesting Man. Jimenez provided this fantastic, insightful response: "I don't compare myself with anyone. I try to live my life and enjoy myself. I think people ought to try to do the same thing."

To recap: Jimenez loves fast cars, fine cigars, fine wine, has won 20 events on the European Tour, has played on four European Ryder Cup teams, today joined Fred Couples and Ben Hogan in the Masters record books with his third-round 66 that tied for low score by a player 50 or older in the tournament and, overall, loves life.

It makes you wonder: Maybe those Dos Equis commercials are loosely based on Jimenez.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for the lowest score by a player 50 or older in the Masters on Saturday with his 6-under 66.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez added his name alongside some incredible company in the Masters record books on Saturday.

When Jimenez signed for a 6-under 66 in the third round -- the low round this week so far -- he tied Ben Hogan and Fred Couples for the low score by a player 50 or older in the Masters.

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Jimenez, who turned 50 on Jan. 5, had a remarkable seven birdies and a single bogey in the third round.

At 3 under for the tournament, Jimenez was just three shots behind 36-hole leader Bubba Watson, who was teeing off just as Jimenez's round ended.

The best finish for Jimenez at the Masters in 14 previous starts is a tie for eighth in 2008.

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Jeff Knox
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Jeff Knox is the non-competing marker at Augusta National when an odd number of players make the Masters cut. On Saturday, he played alongside Rory McIlroy.

Surely you've dreamed about playing Augusta National. You've probably also wondered what it would be like to play with the atmosphere that surrounds the Masters.

Well, Jeff Knox has done both -- more than a few times.

Knox, 48, is an Augusta National member, who serves as a "non-competing marker" during Masters week.

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What does that mean? Well, when an odd number of players make the 36-hole cut -- in the case of this year's Masters 51 players made the cut -- the one player who is scheduled to play alone with the first tee time is given the option to take a "marker."

The marker is a non-competing playing partner. He's pretty much there to keep the competitor's scorecard and so that the competing player can keep a nice pace.

Knox has played in a number of USGA events through the years and once shot a 61 at Augusta National.

On Saturday morning, Knox teed it up with Rory McIlroy. McIlroy was the last player to make the cut Friday at 4 over.

Yahoo! writer Jay Busbee wrote today that Knox is no stranger to teeing it up during Masters week, and included some stories from a Guardian article last year, including teeing it up against Craig Stadler and outrdriving Miguel Angel Jiminez.

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Ben Crenshaw
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Ben Crenshaw won the Masters in 1984 and again in 1995.

Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw was a guest on Golf Channel's Live from the Masters on Saturday morning and confirmed to host Rich Lerner that the 2015 Masters will be his last as a competitor.

It will also be the 20th anniversary of his victory in 1995 at Augusta National.

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"I made the decision that next year is my last year," Crenshaw said. "It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn't told Carl yet, but I said, 'Carl, I've been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.' I'm very, very happy with it. I've thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I'm very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can."

The 62-year-old Crenshaw won his first Masters in 1984.

In all, Crenshaw -- who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 -- has played in the Masters every year since 1972. Along with those two victories, he has racked up another nine top-10 finishes.

The last time Crenshaw made the cut at Augusta National was in 2007, when he finished in a tie for 55th.

Over the last several years, Crenshaw has been revered as a top course designer along with partner Bill Coore. In 2010, Crenshaw and Coore began restoring famed Pinehurst No. 2 in preparation for the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, which will be played in consecutive weeks this June.

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April 11, 2014 - 11:42pm
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Beyonce playing golf
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Beyonce took the golf course on her short game on vacation in the Dominican Republic this week.
We interrupt our coverage of the Masters for this special report:
Beyonce plays golf! Well, sort of.
Instead of watching the goings-on at Augusta National on Thursday, Queen B posted a couple of Instagram shots of herself out on the links. She's dressed, shall we say, casually, and gripping the club in a way that inspires me to recommend that she call her local PGA Professional for a lesson.
However, the point is that one of the world's most famous and influential entertainers was out on the course and enjoying herself.
According to the website, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z are down in the Dominican Republic to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. To ensure their privacy, the site reported, they rented out an entire golf course (it doesn't say which one) at a cost of $300,000 for the week.
Her photos have prompted a huge reaction in female- and entertainment-oriented media circles because some people are claiming she might have done a little photoshopping. I am staying a strong 3-wood away from that discussion, and will end this post by hoping that she had enough fun out on the links to make golf more a part of her life.
April 11, 2014 - 8:18pm
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Masters golf fashion Friday
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Billy Horschel, Kevin Stadler, and Jason Dufner and Adam Scott topped our fashion leaderboard on Friday at the Masters.
Here at the ol' Golf Buzz, we don't just care about who's playing well at the Masters. We also care about who looks good as they stroll the pristine fairways at Augusta National.
So for the second straight day, we have put together a photo gallery of our 10 standout looks. And, again, I am gonna take it a step farther and declare my three favorite fashion statements from Friday. I urge you to take a look at our gallery and chime in with your choices:
1. Billy Horschel. The flamboyant Floridian often wears eye-catching outfits on the course, and sometimes they push the fashion envelope – remember the squid pants? But he looked great today in a blue and white striped shirt above spring-green trousers. The thick stripes and their deep blue color were set off just right by the white stripes, and the green pants gave this outfit kind of a preppy feel. I'm not always a fan of the preppy style, but this one really works.
2. Kevin Stadler. Several players have worn pink- or rose-colored shirts this week, but few have looked as stylish as Stadler. His pink shirt was not too bright and not too pale, and his gray slacks were the perfect complement. 
FASHION AT THE MASTERS: See our picks from Thursday
3. Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Individually, I'm not sure Jason Dufner or Adam Scott would have made my top three today, but together they definitely deserve a spot. The reigning Masters champ was decked out in a red shirt and blue slacks, while the reigning PGA champion was sporting just the reverse – a blue shirt and red slacks. Even their accessories matched – Scott had a white cap and shoes, while Dufner had a dark cap and shoes. I'm sure they didn’t plan it, but their sartorial serendipity stood out today.
So there are my three faves. What say you?