T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Most Interesting Golfer in the World eyes Ryder Cup
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 | 9:59 a.m.
When you're the "Most Interesting" anything, it means you do things the rest of us can't relate to.
As we all know, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is the Most Interesting Golfer in the World. One week after his tie for fourth in the Masters, the 50-year-old Jimenez was victorious in his Champions Tour debut in the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf.
Puffing a victory cigar afterward on Sunday, Jimenez explained that fans probably won't be seeing him much on the Champions Tour this year, even after becoming just the third player in the Tour's history to record a wire-to-wire win in his debut.
He has bigger goals.
"To me it's not about money," Jimenez told the press. "It's about some different goals to make me feel proud of myself. To me I would feel nice to play on the Ryder Cup once more."
If Jimenez were to make the European Ryder Cup team, it would be his fifth appearance in the matches. He'd also be the oldest European Ryder Cup team member in history, supplanting Ted Ray who was 50 years, 67 days when he played in the inaugural match in 1927.
Jimenez will be 50 years, 265 days when the first day of the 2014 competition begins on Sept. 26, at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.
He still wouldn't be the oldest competitor in Ryder Cup history though. That title belongs to Raymond Floyd, who was 51 years, 20 days when he competed in 1993 as a captain's pick of Tom Watson at the Belfry (the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil). Incidentally, Watson will become the oldest Ryder Cup captain in history at 65 years, 22 days. Floyd is also serving as a vice captain to Watson this year.
Bernhard Langer, a 10-time European Ryder Cup team member and the 2004 captain, finished runner up to Jimenez Sunday. Langer admitted he doesn't expect to see much more of his friend on the 50+ circuit this season.
"He said he wasn't going to play anymore this year because he wants to be the oldest European player to ever play on the Ryder Cup," Langer said. "That's his goal. But, you know, goals can sometimes change. Who knows, maybe he makes the Ryder Cup team by July and he'll decide to come out for a couple of weeks."
A 50-year-old locking up a spot on the Ryder Cup team by July?
Now that would be, well... interesting.
Who wouldn't want to see this in September?:
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