May 23, 2018 - 11:51am
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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 been known as "The World's Most Interesting Golfer" because of the numerous similarities to the now retired "World's Most Interesting Man" commercials from the Dos Equis.

Jimenez is 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. Here at the 2018 Senior PGA Championship in Harbor Shores, Jimenez made sure to bolster that image at Wednesday's presser: "I'm going to have a big cigar as soon as I finish here, I'm going to have a big cigar after I finish every round, like always."

Jimenez is coming his first Senior major championship at the Regions Tradition last week.

It's hard to say when exactly the "Most Interesting Man"comparisons started, but we decided to dig in a few years back. Here's what we found:

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. GolfChannel.com'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 www.cigaraficionado.com 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 www.cigaraficionado.com 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.

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Jimenez and the 'interesting man' connection
Jack Nicklaus
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Jack Nicklaus has been known to make the game look easy. But this was just ridiculous.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. --  It usually takes a lot of time for a course to generate notable moments in its history. That isn't the case with Harbor Shores.

This course was put on the map the day it officially opened, July 10, 2010, thanks to its designer Jack Nicklaus.

As part of the grand opening, Nicklaus was joined by Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller to play 18 holes.

When the group reached the par-5 10th hole, something unfolded that you couldn't make up.

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The 10th green at Harbor Shores is one of the most undulating on the course -- which is saying something because a lot of the greens here are of the hit-and-hope variety: hit it and hope it finishes somewhere reasonably close to the hole.

On opening day, Miller found his third shot on the lower level of the green, with the pin placement up a hill in the back, middle portion of the green, 102 feet away with the kinds of twists and turns you only expect to see on a roller coaster.

At first, Miller contemplated using a wedge, arguing it was the only wat to get close to the hole. Nicklaus insisted the ball could be putted up there.

With that, Nicklaus walked down to where Miller was, dropped a golf ball, took a quick look at the hole and proceeded to do this:

 

 

Amazing.

So, when you see players struggling for a three-putt on the 10th green at Harbor Shores (which has had some adjustments since but is still a show stopper), just remember it's not as easy as Nicklaus made it look.

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Jack Nicklaus' unbelievable putt is the shot that put Harbor Shores on the map