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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 145
The teenage Jimenez caddied when the Spanish Open was held at the Torrequebrada club in 1979, which got him a close up view of the local hero Seve Ballesteros and the likes of Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance. It was a week that would change the rest of his life as he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. But a mandatory stint in the Army would come first. “After I finished the army, I was 21. I knew that I wanted to play golf,” says Jimenez. “I always like to compete, right from the beginning when I was caddying. Seve was already a winner when I started to play golf. He’s nearly seven years older than me. He won his first major (1979) the year I really started to play. He become a great player, it was very good to see.” He turned professional in 1982 and joined the European Tour six years later. Four seasons later he broke through for his first Tour win and ‘The Mechanic’ was on his way. But the most successful period of his career has come since turning 40 in 2004. To that stage he had won seven titles in 16 years. In the decade since, he has claimed 13 European Tour events and since turning 50 last year he was won twice on the Champions Tour in the US. The past decade has also seen his ‘cult’ status grow to become The Most Interesting Golfer In The World. And what makes him interesting? For one, he’s a modern day Walter Hagen ... he’s his own man, who enjoys every aspect of what he does. He knows how privileged he is to play professional golf. He enjoys visiting the places the game takes him, seeing the world and the life the game has provided him. Which is why you won’t see him consulting with a coach or sports psychologist on the practice range. He owns his own swing and it repeats, time after time. On the practice range at the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne last year, he made compulsory viewing on the eve of the opening round. He arrived with a bag of practice balls in one “I GIVE ALL MY LIFE TO GOLF, AND GOLF GIVES ME ALL MY LIFE.”
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