AUGUSTA, Ga. – In a game filled with youthful flatbellies who hit the ball a country mile, then hit the gym with similar ferocity, Miguel Angel Jimenez is a relic from a past generation.
He’s also a relic in serious contention for the Masters title.
With a tournament-best, 6-under 66 Saturday, the 50-year-old Jimenez climbed the leaderboard in search of his first major championship.
“Played very solid from green to tees,” he said. “My iron shots was working very good, too, and you hole some putts when you were having chances for birdies. Minus six, you cannot complain.”
For the day, Jimenez carded seven birdies against just a single bogey.
He is trying to become the oldest major champion in history, eclipsing Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
“It's my 26th year on Tour,” he said. “And probably some people say, ‘That's so many years; that's got to be hard and that's got to be hard on the body.’ No, I love what I'm doing, and I hope I'm still in the same conditions for another 25 [years]. I'm not going to get bored of myself.”
And yes, he’ll continue what’s become a famous pre-round stretching routine, because – as he knows – flexibility is important in golf.
“Probably it's funny. Sometimes I'm looking at myself on video, and I'm laughing, too. It's nice, it's bueno. But you know what is the main thing, I never get injured.”