Jimenez: “Mind Is My Greatest Asset”

October 28th Posted by Alex in TOUR on October 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Miguel Angel Jimenez is having an outstanding year in Europe, even by his standards.  Jimenez is currently sitting in 8th place in Europe’s Race to Dubai, and has three European Tour wins to date in 2010.  At a recent tour stop in Spain, we were able to catch up with Jimenez and get his thoughts on his most recent round of success.

You have three wins on the European Tour this year, as well as a Ryder Cup victory. How will you look back on 2010?
As we sit now (the year is not over yet) it has the potential to be my best year. It has been very similar to 2004 with multiple wins and a Ryder Cup.

Is there one thing you can pin-point that has contributed to your success more than anything else?
My head. What I have learned over the years has taught me that my mind is my greatest asset.

You are known on tour as having an unmatched intensity, where does this come from?
My love of playing the game well. I love to play and compete, it is the greatest feeling to have a knot in my stomach during a tournament. I love it, and that’s why I play so much.

You are known for your hard work and dedication to practice. Has your approach to practice and preparation changed over the years?
I practiced much more at the start of my career compared to how much I practice now. Now I don’t practice as much, but there is more of a purpose when I do practice.  I have a much better aptitude for what I do now.

On the topic of preparation- Did you prepare any differently for the Ryder Cup? How did you cope with the added pressure of representing Europe?
I prepare for every event exactly the same, it never changes. The pressure is much greater in a team event compared to an individual game, but you just try to stay in the moment and keep your focus.

Can you compare the experiences you have had playing in Europe to those in the United States?
I enjoy playing anywhere and have had very good experiences in America. I want to enjoy my life and playing in Europe where I am comfortable. It helps me enjoy myself more.

You and Vijay both came from modest backgrounds and have had extreme success, what lesson did you take away from you early years?
As a boy I caddied to help provide food for our family. You learn from an early age if you need something you must work for it.

17 Responses to “Jimenez: “Mind Is My Greatest Asset””

  1. October 30, 2010 at 11:47 am, clive said:

    Miguel is a credit to the game, to himself and to sport in general and he is without a doubt one of the golf pros I would love to meet but I do wish he would lose some of the hair.

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  2. October 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm, CRay said:

    Miguel is a very good player … that said, he’d do more for his “stature” and his publics perception if he’d cut his hair and didn’t wander about with a blimp in his mouth and wore clothes that fit him …..

    It’s funny, but I don’t think there’s a player out there that turns women “off” better than Miguel Angel Jimenez… ;^)

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    • November 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm, Frank Guido said:

      CRay–your comments regarding Miguel are seriously misplaced. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, albeit seriously flawed. Miguel projects the persona of a “swashbuckler.” The total ambiance of the hair, cigars, rioja wine and ferrari driving make him a strong rival for the “Dos Equis” most interesting man in the world label. His clothing is always well matched down to his excellent choice of iconic golf shoes.

      Everyone at our club finds Miguel to be cool personified. From the outstanding quality of his game, to his love of life.

      Frank USA

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  3. October 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm, Jeff said:

    It’s precisely the whole persona and who he is that makes him cool! It adds to his immense popularity. Vino, ponytails, and Cohibas for everyone!!

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  4. October 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm, chuck boyle said:

    Miguel is my favorite player on any tour today. He is like the fine wine he likes to drink, he gets better with age. His attitude about golf and life inspire me to do better. Miguel keep being your own man.

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  5. October 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm, R J "Bob" Dennison said:

    I enjoy watching and hearing him because he seems to be his own man – nothing more or nothing less. Not that I always agree and I believe he is just that ; HIS OWN MAN…..

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  6. October 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm, Jason Byrne said:

    Miguel is a huge asset to the game – one of the best in the world at the moment, and one of the more colorful characters on the scene – I hope he wins again in 2010! I followed him for 18 at The US Open at Bethpage and it was a real treat to see how he operates on the golf course.

    Jimenez shouldn’t change anything, neither his hair, his penchant for cigars or his clothes – these things are reflections of who he is. Go Jimenez!

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  7. October 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm, D Swanton said:

    Miguel is a tremendous player and it was awesome to watch him beat Bubba Watson in singles.

    Miguel will be a Ryder Cup captain one day and a victorious one.

    The fact that he plays a Z Star only makes him more appealing.

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  8. October 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm, Glenn Papasan said:

    I only have one eye, so I play Yellow balls, I’m trying to find a sample ball to try, unable to find, please advise, they cost so much, I need to test before I buy, Thanks Glenn

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  9. October 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm, Mizunate said:

    The world of golf needs more “characters” like Miguel. We have a lot of cookie-cut stars these days, and it’s a bit boring.
    The greatest thing about this interview was that it was about Miguel, not Srixon. There was no “My Srixon Z-Star is what helps me win” nonsense…it was just a simple insight into Miguel. Kudos to Srixon for that.

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  10. October 31, 2010 at 12:07 am, BRGolfer said:

    CRay — are you serious?

    re: “he’d do more for his “stature” and his publics perception if he’d cut his hair and didn’t wander about with a blimp in his mouth and wore clothes that fit him.”

    – There enough non-descript, colorless, boring players on tour. Miguel’s stoagie and hair are who he is. I’ll bet you were among those in the mid 1990′s who thought DL3 was cool. Golf has come a long way since those days thankfully.

    @BRGolfer

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    • October 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm, CRay said:

      Sorry for your thoughts @BRGolfer….

      But’s lets just be honest here … Miguel is overweight, he wears clothes that are 3 sizes too small, and then he sticks a Graf Zeppelin in his face to look classy.?

      C’mon, he looks like Archie Bunker in a short hair wig ….

      We had a Ryder Cup party a few weeks ago, and every single time Miguel hits the tv screen the women either cringe, roll their eyes or they walk out of the room — the women think he looks like Charles Barkley.

      DL3.? that’s not for me … my wardrobe is more of the Camilo Villegas, Greg Norman, Brian Gay style… DL3 always looks like a 3 year old billboard for Polo.

      That all said, Miguel is still a great player …. perhaps Miguel can get with Sergio Gargia and share some thoughts — Miguel can teach Sergio how to play golf again, and Sergio can teach Miguel how “not” to look like a crash test dummy…………….. : ^)

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  11. October 31, 2010 at 2:51 am, Carlos said:

    Miguel Angel Jimenez has been successful doing what he does in the way that he is comfortable doing it. His ponytail, cigar, etc. are some of the things that make him who he is. Why should he change anything??? Who are we to even suggest that he should change this or that??? In addition to his success, he is happy being himself and enjoying life, More power to him!!!

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  12. October 31, 2010 at 3:04 am, Brian Cass said:

    RJ Dennison’s comments are spot on.

    The mechanic lives to play golf….period.

    You have to love that son of a bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m American and I love that guy, he has so much passion and really gets so much out of himself.

    Bravo.

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  13. October 31, 2010 at 3:07 am, Brian Cass said:

    I would caddy for the mechanic for free for christ’s sake!!!!!!!

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  14. November 08, 2010 at 1:05 pm, David said:

    I followed Jimenez around Valderrama two weeks ago for awhile and you would not believe how insanely popular he is in Spain. There were no shortage of young stunners drooling in his direction from the galleries either! So his persona must work on some levels!

    He was brilliant to watch and follow and is without a doubt one of the great characters of the game – as opposed to the young guys of today who are programmed to say and do everything only one way by their havard educated marketing micromanagers.

    Contrary to what the marketers think I am much more likely to purchase products endorsed by Jimenez because of his persona rather than some publically programmed machine.

    Love to see him win a major before he’s finished.

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  15. November 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm, dave said:

    My wife and i met Miguel,at London Heathrow airport.
    He was a personable very pleasant fella ,and found the time to chat about his Ryder Cup experience.
    He is a down to earth and loves life,not like some of the head up their jaksi Pros,i dont include
    Tom Watson in that category he is a true gentleman.
    I go to golf tounements to watch the golfer not hold a critque on his dress sense

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